Did Lincoln free the slaves?
Has slavery been erased from our society?
I looked up the definition of freedom in the Noah Webster Dictionary of the American Language, published in 1828. This dictionary contains the meaning of words as our founding fathers understood them. The first definition of freedom is as follows: A state of exemption from the power or control of another; liberty; exemption from slavery, servitude or confinement. Freedom is personal, civil, political and religious.
Are we not all slaves on the government plantation? Is there anyone that can deny he or she is not in the power of or controlled by the U.S. Government? You pay dozens of different levels of taxes. If you don't pay, you pay the consequences. The government wants to tell you what health care you can buy. Political correctness tells you what you can say. They know what you think because you can be arrested or fined for "hate speech".
Plantation slaves were provided with food, housing and clothing in most cases. Is your house mortgage with Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac? Do you have a college loan through the government? Did you take advantage of Cash for Clunkers? Do you get food stamps? If so, you are on the government plantation!
What the government is doing is taking property from the haves and giving it to the have nots. In earlier years, the American courts held that the expropriating of property to transfer to other citizens was unlawful, being completely outside the constitutional power delegated to the government. It was not until after 1936 (the Butler case) that the Supreme Court began arbitrarily distorting the meaning of the "general welfare" clause to permit the distribution of federal bounties as a demonstration of concern for the poor and needy.
If you have ever watched the movie "Braveheart", starring Mel Gibson, you will see the movie version of the Scottish Hero, William Wallace. He didn't want a title or money or land. He wanted FREEDOM. Freedom was not bowing to any earthly king. He died for that belief.
The signers of the Declaration of Independence pledged their lives, their fortunes and sacred honors to create this country and the freedoms that go with it. Yes, that was over 200 years ago, but our Constitution is not obsolete. They were much smarter than that. They created a document that put chains on the excesses of human nature.
Are you willing to die for that freedom or do you prefer to live under serfdom? The Founding Fathers meant the Constitution to be the chains that bind the politicians. If we don't bind the politicians with the chains of the Constitution, WE will be bounds by chains of slavery!