Licensure/Permit Law’s Erosion of Rights
Do we live in a land of freedom and individual rights, or do we live in a feudalized land of increasing servitude and privileges with a façade of freedom? We are told in our founding and governing documents that each individual has certain unalienable rights, “that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” to quote the Declaration of Independence. But, our current local, state, and federal circumstances make it quite clear to a reasonable mind that we do not live in the land of freedom and rights we like to boast of, but one that has an increasing tinge of feudal servitude and privileges. The growing epidemic of licensure law and permit requirements to exercise our rights demonstrates this, under which all of these three core rights aren’t actually seen as rights by U.S. governments, but instead are seen by government as privileges, dolled out according to it’s will and pleasure, able to be denied exercising when deemed inconvenient to/by government. Let’s look at the particulars.
All of our rights are intimately connected with one another, and are in no way mutually exclusive, nor can they be contradictory. The three core rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are no exception. These three core rights are large umbrellas that include numberless other fundamental rights, both natural and civil. These other rights, to name a few, are the right to maintain one’s health according to one’s own honest initiative; the right to work in one’s chosen profession and thus earn a living; the right to acquire and consume food by our own honest, initiative; the right to seek shelter, acquire property, and build one’s shelter according to his needs and desires; the right to protect one’s life against unjust violence and harm against it, or the attempt to take it from the individual, using any means or tools possible that do not harm innocent bystanders in the process of using them; and the right to travel uninhibited using any means possible. All of these rights, along with all of our other rights, cannot be used in a way to unjustly harm the same, equal rights of others, for there is no such right to harm others unjustly.
Simple reason and logic tell us that these are indeed rights and not privileges, infringe-able by no human being or human government except as just punishment for crimes committed against the equal rights of others after a fair trial has found one guilty of such crime, as demanded by the law of justice and by our rights as human individuals. Our wise Founding Fathers told us so, and the scriptures indicate this quite clearly as well (D&C 134).
But, all of the aforementioned rights currently require government licenses and permits in some way or another, and are thus by necessity of government permission to exercise them eroded from their sacred status as God given rights, inherent in our humanity, and made into mere privileges by the different usurping governments of the United States.
We must have government licenses/ permits in order to work in many professional fields, the number of which is growing rapidly. We must have permits to form a contractual relationship with the individual we love and form a bond with them religiously. Religions must have permits to be able to form these contractual relationships and perform religious rites of marriage. We must have permits to exercise our freedoms of assembly and speech in many localities in America. We must have permits to build or add to our shelters on our honestly and justly acquired property. We must have permits to leave and re-enter our own nation. In many states, we must have permits to purchase and own firearms, the best technology of defense available; we must have permits to carry those weapons of defense concealed. Many businesses must obtain businesses licenses just to exist, and then must have additional permits to sell certain items, such as firearms/other weaponry, food, and drugs, among other things. We must have permits to travel within and between states via airline or car. It’s only a matter of time before permits are required to travel by train and bus as well. For travel by car, we must first kneel and grovel before the almighty state to petition for a driver’s license, proving we know how to operate a vehicle according to how government sees fit, which may not actually be the best and safest way to operate a vehicle in the first place. Indeed, The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled time and again that each American individual maintains a “fundamental right to travel” uninhibited. Yet how can we maintain this “fundamental RIGHT to travel” uninhibited while we are required by “law” to grovel for a permission slip to exercise this right via the most efficient methods possible, i.e. by car? If the government is allowed to require us to prostrate ourselves before it and pay a fee in order get a permission slip to travel by car, then our “fundamental right to travel” is no right at all!
As has been shown by just a few brief examples, we live in an age in America where we need permits to exercise our most sacred, fundamental, and core rights. We are surely kidding ourselves if we sincerely believe ourselves free, possessing “certain inalienable rights” when we must have government permission slips to be able to exercise them. We are told in D&C 98:8 that our Creator has made us free and therefore we are indeed free; if we do not need God’s permission to act according to our agency and given our agency, then we need no man’s permission to be free and act, exercising our rights as we please, so long as we harm no one’s equal rights in the process.
We live under a regime that has the façade of freedom and rights, some of which are still protected, to be sure, but in actuality is becoming one more of feudal servitude and privilege, not much unlike feudal England when a king and his nobility ruled over the serfs. In our case, our king is the federal government, the nobility is the states and the local governments, and we are the serfs. What makes our situation even more sickening is that we have voluntarily erected this feudal government, and have allowed to it to continue, all because we fail to remember that old Mormon Creed: mind your own business.