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Let me put this as gently as I can

August 19, 2019

My exercise of liberty does not infringe upon your liberty.

How can I make such a statement? Liberty, as conceived by our colonial forebears-cum-founders, meant the right to do whatever one wanted, right up to the point that it infringed upon the rights and liberty of another. That last part is vitally important. What I do ceases to be a legitimate exercise of liberty when it harms someone else. You deciding to feel “threatened” by my liberty, is not harm. You not liking my liberty or the way I exercise it is not harm. My celebration of my liberty is not harm.

So, I can play my guitar and sing country songs that would make reasonable people swear off music forever. I can’t wake you up at 2 a.m. with my musical stylings.

I can write, print or say whatever I want. I can’t commit libel or slander.

I can own one gun or 5000 guns. I can’t shoot you with one of them, unless I have a reasonable fear of death or grievous bodily injury at your hands. I can’t threaten you with them, either.

If you choose to feel “threatened” by my liberty, I have no control over that. As a registered nurse with a fair bit of experience in psychiatric/mental-health, I do suggest that if you choose to feel threatened (and it is a choice) by the liberty of others, that you seek the help you need.

 

 

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3 Comments
  1. OldNFO permalink

    Excellent points all! Your not being offended’ is NOT an inalienable human right, nor do your ‘rights’ allow you to infringe on mine.

  2. CPT Taggart permalink

    Ken
    I have just bumped into your blog.
    Well worth the reading.

    Thumbs up

    Greg Taggart

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