Most think of democracy as the source of Liberty. This is not simply a misguided understanding, it is completely wrong. Let’s get fundamental. Here’s the definition of democracy:
Democracy, n. G: Government by the people; a form of government, in which the supreme power is lodged in the hands of the people collectively, or in which the people exercise the powers of legislation. Such was the government of Athens.
The form of government could conceivably work in small villages. But the majority, even in these circumstances, acts to deprive a minority of rights. Note the word collective in the definition. No collective will protect individual freedom. We could quickly and tragically descend into a democracy here in America. All that will be required is for the majority to forget, or never learn, the source of their rights. Instant National opinion polls could make national governing decisions. Watch the speed with which we “spread the wealth around’ then. Individual Liberty and enterprise will be quickly and permanently lost. We must not let that happen. Let us each, beginning with this turning point election, refresh our understanding of and commit to the restoration of our God give Liberty. As a refresher, here is the definition of Liberty.
LIB’ERTY, n. [L. libertas, from liber, free.]
1. Freedom from restraint, in a general sense, and applicable to the body, or to the will or mind. The body is at liberty, when not confined; the will or mind is at liberty, when not checked or controlled. A man enjoys liberty, when no physical force operates to restrain his actions or volitions.
2. Natural liberty, consists in the power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature. It is a state of exemption from the control of others, and from positive laws and the institutions of social life. This liberty is abridged by the establishment of government.
3. Civil Liberty, is the liberty of men in a state of society, or natural liberty, so far only abridged and restrained, as is necessary and expedient for the safety and interest of the society, state or nation. A restraint of natural liberty, not necessary or expedient for the public, is tyranny or oppression. civil liberty is an exemption from the arbitrary will of others, which exemption is secured by established laws, which restrain every man from injuring or controlling another. Hence the restraints of law are essential to civil liberty.
“The liberty of one depends not so much on the removal of all restraint from him, as on the due restraint upon the liberty of others.”
In this sentence, the latter word liberty denotes Natural Liberty.
4. Religious liberty, is the free right of adopting and enjoying opinions on religious subjects, and of worshiping the Supreme Being according to the dictates of conscience, without external control.
5. Liberty, in metaphysics, as opposed to necessity, is the power of an agent to do or forbear any particular action, according to the determination or thought of the mind, by which either is preferred to the other.
Freedom of the will; exemption from compulsion or restraint in willing or volition.
6. To set at liberty, to deliver from confinement; to release from restraint.
To be at liberty; to be free from restraint. Liberty of the press, is freedom from any restriction on the power to publish books; the free power of publishing what one pleases, subject only to punishment for abusing the privilege, or publishing what is mischievous to the public or injurious to individuals.