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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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  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

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

    Thumbs up

    Greg Taggart

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