Where should society intrude on personal freedoms?

Lee used an example of a person denying health care to discuss Freedom in America (Right thinking from the left coast 05ap17).

There seems to be a real problem with the idea of freedom in this country. We’ve had it so good here for so long none of us can truly appreciate what it is to be free. The left in America wants everyone to be free to express themselves more or less any way they like, unless that expression is somehow deemed ofensive to anyone else. Public displays of religious, for example, are to be looked down upon. And God forbid you want to choose where your retirement money is saved, or what school you want your children to go to. Conversely, the right believes in freedom too. Unless, of course, you’re a guy who wants to walk down the street holding your boyfriend’s hand, or have a terminal illness and wish to dictate the terms of your own death, or want to be able to buy German scheisse movies and watch them in the privacy of your own home.

What both parties and ideologies need to realize is that true freedom means taking the good with the bad. Freedom was determined by the Founding Fathers of this country to be a gift of Providence, and the embodiment of that freedom is the Constitution, which places limits on governmental power and specifically enumerates the fundamental rights of men. …

P.J. O’Rourke once wrote, “the U.S. Constitution is less than a quarter the length of the owner’s manual for a 1998 Toyota Camry, and yet it has managed to keep 300 million of the world’s most unruly, passionate people safe, prosperous and free.” Everyone has their agenda, and everyone tries to cram that agenda in through their narrow interpretation of what the Constitution permits. Nobody wants to admit that what they are trying to achieve is unconstitutional, so they go through herculean efforts to try and justify their actions in constitutional terms, even though it requires them to jump through flaming hoops to do so. The Constitution isn’t hard to read or understand. If you ever have a question about society and the rights of man, go thumb through the Constitution. It’s got all the answers in it.

Government does not exist to make sure that nothing bad ever happens in society. In free societies bad things happen all the time. The fact that you will be exposed to things you might not like is not one of the downfalls of freedom, it is its greatest vitrue.

When we demand our own freedom, we must also accept the freedoms of others. When we decide that it is time to intrude on the freedoms others, we have to accept that that means an intrusion on our freedoms. Are we sure we draw the line at the right place?

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