Lee Wrights: People Must Want to be Free

“Man loves liberty, even if he does not know that he loves it. He is driven by it and flees from where it does not exist.” – Jose Marti

 by R. Lee Wrights

 BURNET, Texas (Dec. 10) – Politicians are very adept about making excuses for their failures. The greater the failure, the bigger, more absurd the excuse. Shortly after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, while Americans were still reeling from shock, our political leaders very quickly conjured up a canard to cover up their failure to predict, deter, or avoid the attack. Rather than accept any responsibility at all for the tragedy, or even to acknowledge that American foreign policy was at least partly to blame, the ruling elites resorted to the mantra: “They hate us because of our freedom.”

Incredibly, America’s cherished freedom was branded as the cause of this atrocity, not our military adventurism or our interventionist foreign policy. “They hate us because of our freedom,” politicians asserted, ignoring the reality that the United Stares is the world’s preeminent “nosy neighbor,” supporting tyrants who oppress their own people, advancing American corporate and economic interests over those of other nations, and imposing our will and values on other peoples without regard for their culture and history.

Even as the politicians repeated this deliberately manufactured and malicious fabrication, they began destroying the very freedoms they claimed the terrorists envied. They offered as sacrifice, on the altar of the false god Security, the precious American siblings of Liberty and Freedom. Instead of defending the Bill of Rights, they sold citizens a bill of goods. They fell back on the timeless practice of all tyrants; if you repeat a lie often enough and loud enough, people will believe it, or at least accept it.

Recent events of the Arab Spring have further exposed this lie. The popular uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East prove that even people in Muslim countries want freedom and value liberty just as much as Americans. Indeed, maybe even more so because they are willing to face tanks in order to be free. They want to be free of tyrants, whether the tyrant is locally born or some nosy foreign neighbor. It never ceases to amaze me when people in other countries, especially nations where the U.S. government is supposedly attempting to “export democracy,” demonstrate that they understand the very basic truth of freedom: You cannot force people to be free. People must want to be free.

This is a lesson Americans used to teach to the world. Now it seems, not only have we forsaken it, but our ruling elites are doing everything in their power to erase the knowledge from our minds. Nobody came to America and made us free. Americans decided they wanted to be free and they were willing to fight and die for it and that’s how we became free. Until people in other nations make that same decision, that same self-determination, they will never be free, no matter how many American troops occupy their towns and villages, no matter how many American bombs fall on their countryside. Soldiers, no matter how dedicated and well-meaning, cannot liberate a country where the people do not want to be free.

The best way for America to promote freedom abroad is by setting a good example here at home. America needs to practice what she preaches. Rather than shredding the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, we must demand our elected leaders uphold their oath of office – and hold them accountable when they do not. The history of our own nation clearly shows that the only way people can be free is to earn it for themselves. Americans are free because the founders fought and died for our freedom. No one gave it to us. We decided to be free on our own accord. That is why many people came to the New World. They were tired of other people — kings, royalty, the wealthy, tyrants — telling them what to do, how they could live their lives, how they should worship God.

The Arab Spring is proof of this universal truth. The natural instinct of every human being is to be free. Just as all men and women are born with unalienable rights, they are also born with an insatiable appetite to be free. Tyranny can only be imposed on an individual from the outside. Freedom springs from within. There’s no stopping individuals determined to be free. The fear of death becomes foreign to them and no longer inhibits their actions; as they would rather die than live as slaves. Freedom must mean so much to a person that he is willing to say: Give me liberty or give me death!

“Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them; and these will continue until they are resisted with either words or blows, or with both. The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppress.”- Frederick Douglass, August 4, 1857

R. Lee Wrights

R. Lee Wrights, 53, a libertarian writer and political activist, is seeking the presidential nomination because he believes the Libertarian message in 2012 must be a loud, clear and unequivocal call to stop all war. To that end he has pledged that 10 percent of all donations to his campaign will be spent for ballot access so that the stop all war message can be heard in all 50 states. Wrights is a lifetime member of the Libertarian Party and co-founder and editor of the free speech online magazine Liberty For All. Born in Winston-Salem, N.C., he now lives and works in Texas.

Lee Wrights for President
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8 thoughts on “Lee Wrights: People Must Want to be Free

  1. Tom Blanton

    While I don’t disagree with anything that Mr. Wrights has stated here, I’d like to point out the obvious. The vast majority of Americans think they are free even as more and more freedoms are stripped from them.

    From where I sit, far too many people claiming to be libertarians believe freedom is nothing more than a tiny tax cut, despite the fact that America resembles a fascist police state more and more each passing day.

    The so-called “baby steps in the right direction” advocated by many libertarians is like pissing into a fan when a freight train of tyranny is rolling down the track.

    I used to wonder how someone like a Hitler or Stalin could impose tyranny on a nation. I no longer wonder. A delusional population simply allowed it to happen.

  2. Michael H. Wilson

    Lee I have to disagree on this point “Americans decided they wanted to be free and they were willing to fight and die for it and that’s how we became free.”

    I can pretty much say what I wish, worship as I please, but I am not free.

    I cannot start a business without the permission of the government. There are many occupations I cannot work in if I do not get the government’s okay. I have to have a government permit to go somewhere in my vehicle. If I use a particular plant for medical or relaxation I may get arrested. A good portion of my income is taken from me each year under threat. I cannot build a home or add to one without a government permission slip. If I purchase a tool for my self defense I have to get a permission slip as if I am in the third grade. And I can go on, but I think you get my point.

  3. Robert Capozzi

    1 tb, thanks for the feedback. You advocate “statelessness,” yes? As you bring up “delusional,” I’m curious what your response is to the vast majority that find statelessness a delusional concept as well.

    2 mhw, it’s clear to me that Wrights is talking about the American Revolution, not the current American configuration.

  4. Thomas L. Knapp


    Upon what evidence do you base your claim that “the vast majority … find statelessness a delusional concept?”

    I’m not disputing the claim (nor do I find it particularly effective; since Blanton has already effectively stated that the “vast majority’ are delusional in one respect, assuming them delusional in another doesn’t seem like a stretch), but in the absence of evidence it seems more like an assumption.

  5. Michael H. Wilson

    RC the American Revolution did not free the slaves and last time I looked they were part of the nation as well us white males. In fact given the outcome for women we might conclude that they lost in the American Revolution.

  6. Tom Blanton

    I’m curious what your response is to the vast majority that find statelessness a delusional concept as well.

    I would disagree. The concept of a stateless society is rejected by the majority for much the same reasons that the idea that America is not free is rejected.

    If “delusional” is defined as a false belief held with absolute conviction despite superior evidence, the delusion in this case being the myths and platitudes regarding America, then any other concepts other than those myths and platitudes are rejected.

    The vast majority of Americans would most likely define anarchy as chaos and not as self-rule. This is not delusional thinking, it is simply ignorance resulting from a lifetime of statist propaganda being internalized. The acceptance of statist dogma gave birth to the delusion. The evidence that this dogma is false is pretty much self evident to anyone paying attention.

    Now, I’m curious what your response would be to the idea that the vast majority of Americans would reject the Capozzi brand of libertarianism. And if you believe they would reject it, why?

    It seems clear that Michael clearly understands the limits of freedom in America. How is it that this is not so clear to many people?

    Is it because some people, including many “libertarians”, are willing to give up their freedom because they fear others can’t handle freedom, despite the fact that merely limiting freedom does not result in eliminating the bad behavior of others?

  7. Robert Capozzi

    4 tk, purely anecdotal evidence, supported by the fact that I know of no mass movement for statelessness, only a few intrepid advocates.

    6 tb: Now, I’m curious what your response would be to the idea that the vast majority of Americans would reject the Capozzi brand of libertarianism. And if you believe they would reject it, why?

    me: Rejection is different than delusional, IMO. Most Ds would “reject” Romney’s ideas, but not find him “delusional.”

    My moderate Lism would likely be rejected by more than Romney’s ideas, but probably not be viewed as delusional at similar rates. My guess is my views would be viewed as delusional by extremist conservatives and progressives — maybe 5% of the pop. each — and extremist anarchists, perhaps .001% of the pop.

    My policy ideas are designed to be edgy, yet thoughtful and balanced, with the hope of attracting the sympathetic and offering a fresh approach to the open-minded.

    Why would some oppose steps toward liberty? Fear is the universal answer. The specific forms of fear will vary widely.

  8. Kleptocracy And You

    Arab Spring was but a part of a much broader agenda by the “ruling elite” that was planned many moons ago to bring about a goal not shared by people wishing to increase their freedom. But ruthless people using others to reach a diabolical end. In their own words they explain it. Research…, the TRUTH is out there.

    U.S. Funding Arab Uprisings: http://www.americanfreepress.net/html/afp_was_right_267.html

    Are We All Just Pawns on the Grand Chess Board? – http://constitutionpartyoftennessee.com/2011/03/07/are-we-all-just-pawns-on-the-grand-chess-board/

    “The technetronic (sic?) era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.” – Zbigniew Brzezinski, Obama’s chief foreign policy advisor

    The final minute roughly of this vid is scary stuff!
    Zbigniew Brzezinski on your future?!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKzEpQc-yo8

    “…This regionalization (sic?) is in keeping with the Tri-Lateral Plan which calls for a gradual convergence of East and West, ultimately leading toward the goal of “one world government’….National sovereignty is no longer a viable concept…” – Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama’s chief foreign policy advisor

    “In Haig’s presence, (Henry) Kissinger referred pointedly to military men as ‘dumb, stupid animals to be used’ as pawns for foreign policy.” – Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein in their book The Final Days

    “Why should we hear about body bags, and deaths…I mean, it’s not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?” – Barbara Bush

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