In the wake of Sunday's blasphemy
by susan dayley in

Sunday congress 'created' a right. Previously Americans acknowledged rights came only from God. (See the Declaration of Independence.) So what day did they choose to disavow God further? His day.

From my Noah Webster 1828 Dictionary:

1. freedom from restraint…applicable to the body, or to the will or mind. The body is at liberty, when not confined; the will or mind is at liberty, when not checked or controlled.
2. Natural liberty, consists in the power of acting as one thinks fit, without any restraint or control, except from the laws of nature… This liberty is abridged by the establishment of government.
3. Civil liberty, is the liberty of men in a state of society, or natural liberty, so far only abridged and restrained, as is necessary and expedient for the safety and interest of the society, state or nation. A restraint of natural liberty, not necessary or expedient for the public, is tyranny or oppression. Civil liberty is an exemption from the arbitrary will of others, which exemption is secured by established laws, which restrain every man from injuring or controlling another. Hence the restraints of law are essential to civil liberty.
4.Political liberty, is sometimes used as synonymous with civil liberty. But it more properly designates the liberty of a nation, the freedom of a nation or state from all unjust abridgment of its rights and independence by another nation.

Question: Is it liberty or oppression when a law is enacted that calls for mandatory compliance of all citizens to purchase a commodity?


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