By Jay Polk
To my elected officials from the state of Tennessee: As Americans celebrate Independence Day I often think about the hardships that those who fought underwent. They all essentially committed treason to the British crown to stand up and fight for our God-given rights. They valued Freedom above any benefit they received from the British government. To them, Freedom was worth more than roads, schools, and security. It was the Freedom to choose how to live their life, raise their children, how to spend all their money, and how, or whom, to worship.
My mind then turns to our current circumstances. How many among us would once again stand up and fight for our rights? We have a government that has taken over many of the most basic functions of our lives. We are told what we can and cannot ingest. We are told whom we can and cannot love. We are told what our children are to learn. We are told how much of our hard-earned money we can keep. Sirs, this is not the America I want my child to grow up in.
I am writing you today in hopes that you too will think about what Freedom really means. It doesn’t mean the government is free to declare anything it wishes to be illegal and then prosecute those who violate their arbitrary laws. On the contrary, Freedom only exists when citizens are free to operate without legislators’ intervention.
To that end I would like to request the following:
1. Get the government completely out of our wallets
2. Get the government completely out of our bedrooms
3. Keep the government from deciding what we can and cannot ingest
4. Get the government out of the healthcare industry
5. Defend the sovereignty of the great state of Tennessee against the Federal government
6. Repeal minimum wage laws
7. Pass legislation to allow Tennesseans to “opt out” of Social Security
8. Reduce the size, scope, and power of the government and allow the free market to find better, and more efficient, solutions to our current problems.
Keep in mind I’m only asking you to sponsor and promote legislation. The founders of this country were asked to sacrifice their lives and livelihoods.
I will leave you with this quote, “God has given to men all that is necessary for them to accomplish their destinies. He has provided a social form as well as a human form. And these social organs of persons are so constituted that they will develop themselves harmoniously in the clean air of liberty. Away, then, with quacks and organizers! Away with their rings, chains, hooks, and pincers! Away with their artificial systems! Away with the whims of governmental administrators, their socialized projects, their centralization, their tariffs, their government schools, their state religions, their free credit, their bank monopolies, their regulations, their restrictions, their equalization by taxation, and their pious moralizations!”
“And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works.” – Frederic Bastiat, The Law