Do you believe that people possess the right to life, liberty, property, and freedom from the restrictions of arbitrary force? Do you believe you have the right to exercise these rights through the use of your natural free will?
That means the ability to follow your own dreams, to do what you want to do — so long as you don’t harm others — and to reap the rewards. Above all, it means freedom from oppression by government and the protection by government against oppression.
It means political liberty, the freedom to speak your mind and advocate any political position that suits your fancy. It means religious liberty to worship as you please. It also means the liberty not to have to do any of those things.
Liberty also means economic liberty, the freedom to allocate resources by the free play of supply and demand and the free market system that follows from it; it means the freedom to own property and to use it accordingly.
Do you believe in the notion that the pursuit of virtue is central to human existence, and that liberty is an essential component of the pursuit of virtue? After all virtue is a necessary element in the pursuit of freedom — it ensures that freedom will be pursued for the common good — and when freedom is abused and must be controlled, virtue provides a standard for restraint.
Our Founding Fathers realized that the greatest threats to liberty are the impositions of government, whether monarchical, democratic, or otherwise. On the other hand, they also realized that there are some things the government must control like borrowing money, regulating commerce with foreign nations and between States, immigration, bankruptcy law, coin money, post offices, patents, punish piracy on the high seas, declare war, raise an army, and maintain a navy.