Category Archives: Liberty

When Government Programs Misfire

In chapter 3 of Preserving Democracy, Elgin Hushbeck notes:

A key aspect of any democratic government is freedom. As Thomas Jefferson stated, “It is to secure our rights that we resort to government at all.”i He also said, “The equal rights of man and the happiness of every individual are now acknowledged to be the only legitimate objects of government.”ii Yet, the more democracies try to do to improve the lives of their citizens, the less freedom those citizens will have.

In addition, government programs, while reducing freedom, don’t always accomplish what the framers of the bill set out to accomplish, as demonstrated by the Cash for Clunkers program.  It appears now that this program has forced up the price of used cars, thus negatively impacting lower and middle people who often buy used cars to save money.  The story comes via WIOD NewsRadio.  (HT:  The Agitator)


iThomas Jefferson to M. D’Ivernois, 1795. http://etext.virginia.edu/jefferson/quotations/jeff0150.htm (accessed April 3, 2009).

iiThomas Jefferson to A. Coray, 1823. http://etext.virginia.edu/jefferson/quotations/jeff2.htm (accessed April 3, 2009).

Constitution and Laws

Ken Thomas at No Left Turns discusses the Elena Kagan’s dismissal of the Declaration of Independence as the foundation for constitutional liberties.

From Preserving Democracy, p.  230:

Religion in America serves three very important functions in regards to democracy. The first is that it provided the intellectual foundation for the country, as stated by the Declaration of Independence. Remove the Declaration’s claim that our rights come from our creator and you are left with the question of where do they come from?

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Religion in America serves three very important functions in regards to democracy. The first is that it provided the intellectual foundation for the country, as stated by the Declaration of Independence. Remove the Declaration’s claim that our rights come from our creator and you are left with the question of where do they come from?