I firmly believe that the current state of affairs in our once great nation is due primarily to one thing: people have begun to confuse liberty with license. We as human beings are predisposed to acting in accordance with that which we know to be wrong and/or unnatural. So thus does history show us that when a free society is built upon the basis of license, governed only by man’s own selfish whims, that society tends towards collapse from within. A truly free nation, then, based on liberty, must be founded upon true moral clarity, a clarity that can only come from establishing a clear distinction between right and wrong and by extension natural and unnatural that all of society must abide by. Because of man’s predisposition towards sin, liberty and the laws which protect it must therefore be constrained by the moral precepts inherent in the natural order whose laws we as human beings are fully cognizant of.
Man is predisposed towards sin because of one thing that sets us apart from any other form of life: our rational minds. Animals are incapable of sinning simply because they have no rational minds. I wonder if in some ways those animals are better off. Because since our gift of a rational mind is tainted, it is both a blessing and a curse. When used wisely and ethically, our rational minds can lead us to great achievements that mutually benefit society. When used in an unwise and unethical manner, our rational minds become our greatest downfall and we thus drag society down with us whenever we use our gift unwisely. So because of the dual nature of our rational minds, any liberty we have in a free nation must be restricted by a law that was, is, and forever shall be constant: natural law (for those of us religious a gift that stems from divine law). This law, unwritten except upon our very being, binds us to the knowledge of what is right and what is wrong, which in turn gives us the moral clarity by which to form a truly free republic. This law, constant by the simple fact that it is not a man-made law but a constant force of nature, cannot be redefined by man, though as they say: It ain’t for lack of tryin’. But in the end, a constant can only be one thing: constant.