Individual freedom is derived from the concept of religious freedom, which is derived from the Biblical teaching that salvation is an individual and personal matter and can only be achieved through a direct and personal relationship with God. Because the Puritan colonists came to the North American wilderness in order to exercise religious freedom, they understood that individual freedom and responsibility were at the heart of Christian practice, since they believed that salvation, forgiveness of sin, and life after death could only be had through belief in Jesus Christ as Savior. And why was salvation needed? To protect individuals from their own sinful natures. Calvinism taught that man was innately depraved and needed salvation in order to live a productive and godly life. (Catholics call it “original sin,“ while the Eastern Orthodox call it "ancestral sin.")
The Obama administration argued to the U.S. Supreme Court this week that people must be compelled to buy medical insurance (designed by the government) or the national medical insurance market will fail. Thus, Obamacare advocates say, the insurance mandate is consistent with the powers delegated under the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
As many of my readers know, history is no longer taught in our schools as the means of knowing the past in chronological order. It is taught under the rubric of “social studies,” a category invented by the Progressives as part of their dumbing-down of young Americans with a curriculum tailored to turn the youth into socialists. Which means that most Americans have no sense of cause and effect, because history is now taught as unconnected episodes describing unpleasant facts about America’s past: the white man’s destruction of Indian culture; the slave trade; the struggle of the labor movement; the robber barons of the Industrial Revolution; the exploitation of child labor by cruel capitalists; our cheating the Mexicans out of the Southwest.