- - Sunday, April 30, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Freedom is my quest.

This driving need I have to own the responsibility for my own life and to determine how well I use every day that God gives me often compels me to make choices outside of the “mainstream.”

Freedom is the reason we homeschooled our children for many years, it’s the reason I started my own company, and it’s the reason I live on a bridgeless barrier island off the coast of Florida. (Well, that and the fact that I love the ocean and warm weather.)

I remember “marching” in a straight line down the hallway in grade school with all of the other kids like little robots, thinking I was in some sort of glorified child’s prison. Snack time, recess, even art had little appeal because I had to participate at the exact moment I was told, eat only what was permitted, draw or paste only what was demanded and play the exact game that was being forced on us at that precise hour.

Please note: I’m not anti-discipline, anti-order or anti-government. These things are essential to a life well lived and to free societies. I understand why children must be taught to listen and obey, that it takes rules and organization to educate the masses and that teamwork is critical to progress.

Training, discipline and government as concepts are good. After all, God created and even demands them. But any good thing, whether it is order, process or government, can quickly quash the human spirit, strangle creativity and oppress the individual.

As history continues to show us, government in the hands of the wrong people is devastating to human beings largely because it is devastating to their natural right of self-determination and personal responsibility.

One reason I’m so grateful to those in our armed forces is because every hour of every day they give up what is most precious in life. They give up their freedom in order to protect ours. Whether in time of war or peace, they willingly sacrifice their right to march to the beat of their own drums and instead march with others in preparation for a possible march into war.

And freedom is why I am most grateful for President Trump and what he was able to accomplish in his first 100 days in office, even in spite of the vast attempts by the left to thwart the results of the election. The truth is obvious to all who care to see: Because of President Trump, Americans are now 100 days closer to freedom.

Consider just three (among the many) of President Trump’s freedom victories, all of which have gone largely unreported by the elitists who seek greater control over our lives.

1) The executive order that declares, “For every new federal regulation, two existing regulations must be eliminated.” Think about that for a moment in terms of simple numbers. Let’s say there are currently 10 regulations (instead of the innumerable ones that place controls on virtually every aspect of our lives). If the creation of a technology or invention necessitates a new government regulation, before Regulation # 11 is enacted, two existing ones must be eliminated. That brings the number of rules you must follow down to a total of nine. That’s one small step closer to freedom! Taken across the entire government, those steps will quickly advance us toward greater liberty.

2) The requirement that each of our mammoth federal agencies “establish a Regulatory Reform Task Force to identify costly and unnecessary regulations in need of modification or repeal.” Translation: Every single agency will start loosening the noose around our necks, enabling us to breathe in more freedom!

3) The selection of Judge Neil M. Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court “because of his consistent record defending the Constitution.” Remember, it is the U.S. Constitution that guarantees basic rights and freedoms for all Americans, regardless of race, gender, religious affiliation or political party. And it is the thwarting and trashing of our Constitution that has caused us to be less free in recent years. The fact that Justice Gorsuch now sits on the bench is a victory for every single American.

You can read all of the many ways President Trump is restoring your liberty at WhiteHouse.gov. Take the time, and you will see that under President Trump, freedom is on the move.

Rebecca Hagelin can be reached at [email protected]

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