"Say what? I thought freedom was always the bomb-diggity!"
As wonderful as freedom can be, sometimes it straight up doesn't work.
The Necessity of Control
In order to have a society that functions together, the people must be controlled.
When people are not restrained by the government, the result is dangerous and chaotic...unless the people are moral enough to control themselves.
“What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue(morality)? It is the greatest of all possible evils, for it is folly, vice, and madness, without restraint." Edmund Burke
People can be controlled from without, or from within, but they must be controlled.
Robert Winthrop said, "All societies of men must be governed (controlled) in some way or other. The less they have of stringent State Government, the more they must have of individual self-government. The less they rely on public law or physical force, the more they must rely on private moral restraint."
Think of it this way:
Scenario 1: You teach a class of students that are well-behaved and responsible. You therefore, have no reason to make rules because the students have proven that they can listen and study without rules.
Morality = freedom for the students.
Scenario 2: You teach a class of students that are rambunctious and party through every lecture. You therefore, have to make rules that control the students to maintain order in the classroom.
Immorality = no freedom for the students.
Most governments have used power to control people from without.
Although this method can be very effective in preventing chaos, it violates the freedom of every individual (and in addition, it cripples the potential of every citizen).
Because our founders valued the freedom of every individual, they took a gamble on establishing a revolutionary form of government. One that gave people the freedom to control themselves.
John Adams said, "Private, and public Virtue is the only Foundation of Republics.”
The success of this experiment depended upon the morality of the people.
It is said that as the founders were leaving the constitutional convention, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin, "What did you give us?" He replied, "A republic, if you can keep it."
It's just like Spiderman's Uncle, Ben, tells him, “With power comes responsibility."
Freedom = Power, and just like power...it inevitably comes with responsibility.
Edmund Burke sums it up very well, “Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites… and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without."'
So in conclusion:
Are you living a life that encourages a free society or hinders it?
The question is, who really wants to be moral? How did the citizens of this nation have the morality to be trusted with freedom? Click