Andrew Napolitano: Government Is the Negation of Personal Liberty

And personal liberty is the birthright of all persons.


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Those elected to office, and those appointed to it also, took oaths to uphold the Constitution. All in government, from presidents to park rangers, from generals to janitors, from judges to jail guards, take substantially the same oath. But very few who have taken their oaths take them seriously, laments Andrew Napolitano.

In fact, very few have actually read the Constitution, or at least very few understand the values it upholds. Most who took those oaths did so expecting someone else in government to tell them what the Constitution means and how to deal with it. But the whole purpose of the Constitution is to limit the government, not to unleash it. Personal liberty is the birthright of all persons, argues Napolitano, and government is essentially the negation of that liberty.