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CDR: Freedom and Responsibility

“Responsibility is the price of freedom.”

~Elbert Hubbard

Some might argue that men can never truly be free because there are natural and scientific laws — like the laws of gravity — which no one can escape, so what’s the problem with just a few more volumes of government regulations? Okay hundreds more?

While it is true that we are all subject to the laws of gravity and it is true that men cannot simply flap their arms and fly like birds, given the freedom to do so, two brothers in a bicycle shop in Dayton, Ohio, invented a way for men to fly with wings. Say what you want about humanity, some of our kind figure out a way to do the impossible.

No act of Congress, no Presidential Executive Order, and no Supreme Court decision created the airplane . . . . or the light bulb . . . . or the radio . . . . or the iPad . . . .

And only after these inventions occurred did the Federal Aviation Administration and the Department of Energy and the Federal Communications Commission come into existence:

Light Bulb Invented in 1879 . . . .

. . . . Federal Power Commission Created 1920

Radio Invented in 1895 . . . .

. . . . Federal Radio Commission Established 1926

Airplane Invented in 1903 . . . .

. . . . Bureau of Air Commerce Created 1926

Internet Invented in 1983 . . . .

. . . . FCC tries to impose Net Neutrality Rules in 2011

Anyone see a pattern? Government abhors freedom, like nature abhors a vacuum. It is the Citizen’s Third Law of Government:

For every freedom, there is an opposite and equal regulation.


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