The View From 1776
Friday, June 06, 2008
“Freedom” Brings Servility
Our constitutional government of limited powers, as John Adams wrote, requires a nation of individuals who are self-restrained by commonly accepted rules of religious morality. Without such self-restraint as a counter-balance to the political state, the government perforce expands its power to assume the role of Big Brother.
In Personal Freedom Without Political Liberty, R.R. Reno notes, with regard to legalizing same-sex marriage, that removal of the religious conception of family as a blood relationship in which one man and one woman produce children has unexpected legal consequences:
The result is the opposite of the libertarian dream of freedom. As Farrow observes, with gay marriage we are giving over the family to the state to define according to the needs of the moment. The upshot, he worries, will be a dangerous increase in the power of the state to define our lives in other realms once thought sacrosanct.