Free Will Makes Us Divinely Human

God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness”, and so “God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him.”   God created man a rational being, conferring on him the dignity of a person who can initiate and control his own actions.  God willed that man should be left in the hand of his own counsel, so that he might of his own accord seek his Creator and freely attain his full and blessed perfection by cleaving to him.  Man is rational and therefore like God; he is created with free will and is master over his acts.

The above paragraph is a summary of the basic teaching of the Catholic Church on free will.  This purely human attribute is literaly embedded in our DNA and makes us like our Creator in that we intuitively know right from wrong and are intentionally called by God to choose right over wrong.  Thanks to Eve and Adam’s initial use of free will paradise was lost, but not our ability and responsibility to chart our own destiny in this world; that remains intact.  And especially in America is this gift from God to initiate and control our own actions, our own destinies, most precious and is meant to thrive unencumbered.

The fact that free will ties us directly to our Creator is precisely why all Catholics – and all Christians for that matter – should ardently oppose any kind of government or social intrusion on our ability to practice free will.  No president, government, academic, or liberal political class has ever been ordained by God to create any ideas, theories or legislation that could cloud our ability – and duty – to use our free will, to of our own accord seek our Creator and freely attain his full and blessed perfection.  Yet, they continue to try.  Why?  Because often times the people in these positions, especially those who espouse a liberal ideology, seek to impose “their will” on us because their intellectual elitism has taken the place of any submission to “God’s will”.  And God’s will is that his children have the free will to choose for themselves in all circumstances in life.

The Want for Freedom Drew Pioneers and Immigrants to America

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.  Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! “

This call to freedom is from The New Colossus, a sonnet by Emma Lazarus written in 1883 and engraved on a bronze plaque inside the Statue of Liberty.  For hundreds of years Europeans emigrated to America to escape tyranny, religious persecution, and to pursue the American Dream which has as its foundational element – freedom.  The vast majority of these pioneers and immigrants were Christians who knew fully that they were created by God to be free, to be left in the hands of their own counsel.  And the United States was, and should continue to be, the quintessential place where true freedom can be practiced.

Unlike what they faced in their homelands, these people craved the opportunity to take their God-given gifts and talents and to make the most of themselves.  This is why for the lion’s share of America’s history, including before we became the United States, Americans were fiercely – and almost in totality – independent minded.  The taste of freedom, the ability to be the master over his own acts, was something that an American thanked God for and was willing to die for.  Because this freedom he enjoyed was a divine extension of God himself, and a natural extension of what his Creator bestowed upon him from the beginning; free will.

The Fabric of Freedom Begins to Shrink

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty (a.k.a Freedom) and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government,……”

Beginning with FDR’s New Deal and expanded by LBJ’s Great Society, American citizens began to see and experience – in a pervasive manner – a significant afront to their freedom and their free will.  The culprit?  Liberals’ creation of the nanny state.  FDR, an absolute and unabashed liberal, took full advantage of the Depression – the country on its knees – to provide the initial injection of big government aid into the veins of America and thus government control over the lives of those on “government assistance”.  Lyndon Johnson completely embraced the expansion of a socialist agenda and effectively created the welfare state with the Great Society.  Do the words government aid, government assistance and welfare state sound like they belong anywhere near the words free will, freedom or the American Dream?  Not in my world.  And the report card on FDR and LBJ’s statist poison on America?  An F and America knows it, but is now hooked on entitlements, but that was the intention all along. You may believe my assertions here to be conspiratorial, those about the FDRs and LBJs intentionally bringing socialism to America; fine.  Do some research outside liberal spin and revisionist history and then make up your own mind.

Liberal political and social ideology is antithetical to what America was founded and grounded upon; Christianity and the individual’s ability and responsibility to initiate and control his own actions.  This is not to say that, as an incredibly prosperous and Christian nation, America is not – and was not – called to provide certain “safety nets” for those of us who require and deserve financial, medical or other assistance in times of need; we are.  However, these safety nets should come first from individuals and private organizations that as a matter of their Christian belief and world view have decided – of their own free will – to follow Christ’s mandate to love thy neighbor, to care for the poor, and to understand “that which you do to the least of my people, that you do unto me”. 

Safety nets should not be promulgated by governments (political parties) as a means to create monolithic voting blocks like say, the elderly, Black Americans, and illegal immigrants who are provided amnesty.  Below what appear to be genuinely and completely benevolent actions by politicians in times of crisis is a “conveniently genuine” and intentional desire to capture American voting hearts so as to lock in a political classes’ majority rule for generations to come (see Democrats).  More conspiracy you say?  Research which political party mandated the advent of social programs in the 1930s, materially expanded those programs in the 1960s, and who ran Congress from the 1930s to the 1990s.

What American government can and should do, as representatives of a genuienly benevolent people, is use its centralized power and authority to distribute “some” tax revenues to those in need, especially the elderly, as mandated and controlled by the people, and not indefinitely.  More simply put, government social programs should be borne of, and intended solely as, a means to help us get back on our feet in times of crisis, to get us back on the road to “self reliance”, not to keep us on our backs and obligated to say thank you forever to the government.

Barack Obama and Liberal Democrats Wasted No Time Exploiting a Crisis to Promote a Progressive Agenda

President Barack Obama and the Democrats, like FDR, sought to take a broad and deep economic downturn (and a cult of personality) when America was on its knees again, and “use them” to further the liberal modus operandi; lock in voters and establish a generational reliance on government.  Here’s the problem.  Although the U.S. is in a certain way hooked on the entitlement drugs that FDR and LBJ shot into its system, the idea and pursuit of the American Dream lives on.  How else can you explain the reversal of fortunes for the President and Congress in just two years?  How else can you explain the Tea Party? It’s because like free will, the pursuit of Liberty – freedom – is knit into America’s DNA, and we have only God to thank for that.

The question now is whether the GOP can take the will of the people that was loudly and resoundly shown on November 2, 2010 and “use it”.  The GOP must use its new found power to turn the tide away from the nanny state that has progressively poisoned the country for the last seventy years and move us back toward a country of self reliance and self responsibility.  Back towards a society where our freedom – based in “the divine entitlement of free will mandated by God” – controls our decision making and our ultimate destiny to decide for ourselves.

Free Enterprise is a Natural Extension of Free Will and Freedom, Allowing Americans to Achieve Earned Success

 The allure of freedom that drew people for hundreds of years and from around the world to America was the notion that they could, with nothing more than sweat and determination, significantly improve their lives and the lives of their families.  From the lands which they came, the large majority of immigrants were entrenched in political, economic and social systems that could not afford them this opportunity.  Just the thought of land and home ownership was enough to make entire extended families uproot themselves from their homelands, board ships with just the clothes on their backs, and head to a land that they had only heard of – never seen.  As if owning a piece of land wasn’t enough, this land would provide them – and more importantly their legacy – protection from tyranny, the ability to educate themselves, and the chance for a (much) better life than they could ever dream of having back home.

The vehicle that would provide immigrants the ability to materially improve their standing in life is the same one that allows their future generations to do the same; free enterprise.  Capitalism gives all Americans the opportunity to take advantage of the free market system and chart their own destinies.  Free enterprise rewards hard work, creativity, benevolence towards one another, all things we are called by our Creator to aspire to.  But most of all, capitalism allows people to achieve “earned success” either as an entrepreneur or an employee in the private sector.  Earned success is the outcome of a “job well done”, where an American has taken advantage of the free market system to successfully produce a product or service using their talents and ingenuity, sweat and determination.  The money or wealth produced by that effort is simply a natural outcome of the system, but “is not” the determining factor of the feeling of “earned success”.  The fact is that the $15 an hour manual laborer feels the same sense of earned success as does the $15 million professional athlete – maybe more, because the professional athlete may not “believe” his/her services are worth that much.  From the dawn of this great nation until now, Americans love the feeling of a successful day’s work and then look forward to their paychecks when they come.

On the exact opposite side are entitlements that are borne of the redistributed wealth of those who are successful within the free enterprise system.  People who are trapped within the entitlement class do not feel the same sense of “earned success”.  All studies and polls show that Americans are the hardest working and happiest citizenry on Earth and that those who are either not allowed to or not able to achieve earned success are much less content.  Another reality not supported by liberals of all stripes is that socialism – in all its various forms – does not work.  Just look at Europe versus those countries, like the United States, whose economic and political foundations are grounded in the free market system.  This is what is so frustrating to Conservatives when we’re faced with legislation like Obamacare or the expansion of the public sector.  We know that statist and socialist frameworks “do not work” and from many perspectives.  But still, progressives in this country continue to try and push our society to the left, towards expanding the nanny state and away from providing Americans what they deserve and what our ancestry left their homelands for, died for, and wanted nothing more for their legacy – earned success.  On these points, I say to those who espouse a liberal ideology; “you are entitled to your own opinions, but not to your own facts!”


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