Author’s note: If you have an interest in the subject matter but have not yet read Dr. Benjamin Franklin’s essay; Rules for Reducing a Great Empire to a Small One, I recommend you do.
In one foul swoop the government has terminated more jobs than our country has ever seen before. To simply say that this is an issue of government overreach, is a bit too simplistic. This situation is the result of licensing.
A license, in this context, is define as: Leave; permission; authority or liberty given to do or forbear any act. A license may be verbal or written; when written, the paper containing the authority is called a license
Naturally, the licensing of rights is unconstitutional. For if it is a right, no other permission is needed but thy own’s accord. And for the government to claim it has the authority to distribute permissions for people to exercise their own rights is a hallmark of tyranny. But this is something that has been around for a long time, and in particular, is what gave rise to the “freedom of the press” phrase in the First Amendment.
When you accept a license, the entity that authorizes the license has the authority to terminate it. Thus with business licenses, for example, at any time the government may force any business to do as it commands. To the point, in Arizona, a McDonald’s restaurant was forced to paint it’s iconic yellow “M”, turquoise. Though I am currently addressing a more serious issue of forcing businesses to close, this example proves the point that there is inherently no limit to the authority. If they say “paint it blue or close” you must. Like a gun to the back of the head, so long as Americans consent to licensing, they will be at the total mercy of whom they accepted the license from; their own government!
To solve this issue we must terminate the unconstitutional practice of government licenses. As the government declares now, that ‘certain businesses are to be shut down, lest they lose their license and may no longer operate’. Without a license, such tyrannical words hold little more power than a suggestion.
For most Americans, their lively-hood is based on permits and licenses. And what was once a political theory; that our government can require citizens to behave a certain way, or have certain views in order to be allowed certain privileges like driving, fishing or bank accounts, is now becoming real in America. Through Licensing the government may now control every portion of your life.
But this did not just happen! This is a deeply rooted problem in America’s current society. You must understand that licenses are un-American. And as an American citizen, whatever dangers may occur from living free from licenses is a) entirely worth it and b) safer than slavery. Licenses are the government’s lien to your God-given rights. Those chains were always there, it is only that just now they are being pulled.
We must break free of the chains that have allowed for this tyrannical overreach. We must break free from the concept of licensing. We cannot allow this control through licensing to continue any longer.
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