Freedom, as envisioned in the Declaration of Independence and as prescribed in The Constitution of the United States, isn't 100% do-what-we-want. That would be anarchy - no rules, no responsibilities.
We are a nation of laws. We also are a nation built upon self-reliance.
Take a newborn baby. Some would say this child was totally free to do whatever it wants - no worries or cares. It has no responsibilities. I would argue that child is not free at all because it it dependent on others for all of its needs - clothing, shelter, food, health, nuturing, and love. In fact this illustrates the lack of freedom.
To be totally free in the manner I believe the founding fathers intended it, we need to produce our own wealth - financial, spiritual, and relationships. We don't look to the government for support of any kind. We rely on the government for national security - as set forth in the Constitution. We count on the government to enact those laws that protect and guard the exercise of our freedoms rather than restrict them.
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