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After self-preservation, the urge to move about the world is the most fundamental of human yearnings. Although our human desires to think and work hard may be chilled with free speech restrictions and taxation, as animate beings we lose our naturally endowed vitality when the government mandates where we can and cannot go. Thus, the right to travel is not only essential to, but directly symbolizes our freedom.
Perhaps then it should come as no surprise that curfews, internment camps, and unlawful imprisonment are common denominators among despotic regimes. Although the U.S. government may claim to have our best interests at heart when it commands who may go where and at what times, to grant Washington that power means subjecting our liberty to the beneficence of a government which legitimized slavery for 200 years. The War on Terror is no excuse to abandon what strands remain of our withering Constitution.
Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is senior judicial analyst for Fox News Channel and anchor of Freedom Watch on Fox Business Network. This article is adapted from his sixth book, It Is Dangerous to Be Right When the Government Is Wrong, with permission from Thomas Nelson.