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How Free Do You Want to Be?

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Comedians tend to spark more ideas than they are given credit for and earlier today, comedian Daniel Whitney, far better known as “Larry the Cable Guy,” said something that got me into some serious shower-thought territory.

“People are now going to jail for trying to save their business while criminals are being let out to keep them covid free. America 2020! The year the Bill of rights became selfish behavior. Thanks to all the brave politicians with American flag lapel pins that are silent,” tweeted Whitney on Wednesday.

“The fact that what is happening in our country with all these draconian over reaching mandates trampling on freedoms that people have fought and died for shouldn’t be about left or right,” he continued. “I love every one in this country and It should anger all Americans that loves freedom.”

Americans pride themselves on the idea that we’re a pretty free country. Even the vast majority of the left believes in the principles and even considers themselves more freedom-oriented than people on the right. This is because they believe that being “pro-choice” is them giving women full control over their bodies, and that their insistence that minorities should be coddled gives them more freedom than they would normally have. Both of these points are ludicrous. In the case of abortion, it’s not just a singular person’s body at that point, and that coddling of minorities that Democrats like to do is usually accompanied handouts and special treatment which actually keeps them under the government’s thumb and makes ascension harder.

Truth is, overall, the left is the first to cheerlead government overreach and growth. My Twitter feed has been pinged over the course of the last few days with people telling me that Shelley Luther, the salon owner in Dallas, Texas, deserved to be put in jail for breaking the law and that Judge Eric Moye was right to treat her as he did.

These are the same people who go about trashing the Constitution as an ancient document written by racist men who couldn’t have possibly foreseen the societal and technological developments of today. This is, of course, another absurd theory as the founders were in one of the largest cultural revolutions the world had ever witnessed, and technology was changing around them all the time. Hell, one of our founding fathers was an inventor.

But I digress…kind of.

Our freedoms are a set of principles that have no bearing on our technological advancements. It also doesn’t matter what situation we find ourselves in either. A virus doesn’t eliminate the rights God gave us and I believe most Americans believe that. I think, to an extent, people on the left do, too, they just have to be confronted with a situation where their freedoms are threatened personally.

One of my favorite stories in this vein came out recently when many people in blue states attempted to go purchase a gun. They found out that their ridiculous gun laws prevented them from acquiring one so easily and became quite upset, as my colleague Kira Davis wrote:

The majority of these first timers lost their minds when we went through the Ammo Law requirements. Most used language not normally heard, even in a gun range. We pointed out that since no one working here voted for these laws, then maybe they might know someone who did. And, maybe they should go back and talk to those people and tell them to re-think their position on firearms – we were trying to be nice.

Most were VERY vocal about why it takes 10 days minimum (sometimes longer if the DOJ is backed up) to take their property home with them. They ask why do I need to wait 10 days if I need the protection today or tomorrow? We pointed out again that no one working here voted in support of that law.

They really went crazy when we told them that for each firearm they had to do the same amount of paperwork and they could only purchase ONE handgun every 30 days. Again, we didn’t [vote] for that law.

We had people cuss at us and stomp out when we explained that secondary identification had to be part of the paperwork, as they felt insulted that what they had wasn’t good enough. We have a number of Yelp reviews calling us names and other things about how bad we are because of this whole new buyer rush.

This is a pattern. The left loves big government when it works for them, but the moment they’re personally inconvenienced, it’s outrageous.

I want to encourage any leftist who is now speaking ill of Luther and her salon to consider putting themselves in her situation. Her employees are going hungry and can barely feed their children. All the information about the virus says that it’s not nearly as deadly or even troublesome as we initially believed. The state is already opening up in different ways and you say enough is enough. You open up because people need you to. Because children need to eat.

Then the government sweeps in and not only shuts you down but forces you in front of a judge who calls you selfish and tells you to apologize. It’s both humiliating and unfair. In that moment, I’m willing to bet they sure wish they were free to open their shop without harassment, or that the government was so overbearing.

It might not be this situation for them but rest assured, there is a situation where this wish would come up. The point is, if they want that kind of freedom for themselves they also have to want that freedom for others. Whenever big government rears its ugly head, they have to speak out.

Freedom is all about individualism, but it’s a blanket, not a shirt. Freedom for one must mean freedom for all.