Give me Liberty or Give me Death.
By Louis D. Thorpe

Truth about lies
 
 

The ultimate impetus behind the rule of law is the sense of duty.

A human action is deemed to be good and justifiable if it is done, not out of self-interest, but out of the concept of duty.

Reason is supposed to eliminate intellectual confusion and moral degeneration.

In so far as the "good will" concept of one person collides with the "good will" interpretation of another, the rule of law intervenes to make the concept, "equality under the rule of law" meaningful.

The authoritarian impulse to impose a single definition of "good will" has no place in a society governed by the rule of law.

Needless to say, the law has no room for the accommodation of "good will" activism.

This philosophy which essentially belongs to the teachings of Immanuel Kant is summarized thuswise;

"A man is morally good, not as seeking to satisfy his own desires or to attain his own happinness (though he may do both these things), but as seeking to obey a law valid for all men and to follow an objective standard not determined by his own desires."

The spirit of freedom was memorably embodied in the fiery speech of Patrich Henry in 1775, wherein he said, "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! - I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!" This universal desire to dismantle the shackles of enslavement was echoed by Immanuel Kant when he said:

There are three judicial attributes that inseperably belong to the citizen by right. These are:

1. Constitutional freedom, as the right of every citizen to have to obey no other law than that to which he has given his consent or approval;

2. Civil equality, as the right of the citizen to recognize no one as superior among the people in relation to himself...; and

3. Political independence, as the right to owe his existence and continuance in society not to the arbitrary will of another, but to his own rights and powers as a member of the commonwealth (or republic).

These fundamental rights are under assault in western democracies like Canada and the United States and they must be restored.


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