What Price Individual Liberty?


by Ron Ewart, ©2011

(Jul. 15, 2011) —“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains or slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take but as for me; give me liberty or give me death!” —  Patrick Henry

For almost the entire existence of the American Republic, courts have tried to put a price on a life that was snuffed out early, or rendered permanently disabled, due to the negligence or criminal act of another.  In some cases, it is merely a matter of arithmetic….how much was the person earning at the time of his death or disability, then multiplied by the life expectancy of that person.  From those two components a dollar figure is computed.  Unfortunately, the dollar figure does not account for unexpected events in the deceased or disabled person’s life that could increase that dollar figure by many factors, such as an invention, or a new job with greater potential, or winning the lottery, or an unexpected inheritance, much less inflation.
But what price individual liberty?  How do you put a price on a person’s freedom?  What components would enter into an equation to establish a dollar figure on personal liberty that a court could use to determine the value of the loss of that liberty?  The difficulty in establishing a dollar figure for liberty is because there are degrees of freedom, ranging from abject slavery to absolute freedom.  The former is the absence of freedom and the latter would grant unlimited freedom, thereby taking freedom away from others.
Perhaps there is another way to quantify liberty.  Ask yourself, if you were imprisoned by a tyrannical government, or kidnapped and held for ransom, how much would you pay to be free?  For example, would you give up all of your savings, or all of your earnings for the rest of your life?  Would you sell your house and all of your possessions and use the money to buy your freedom?  Or would you sacrifice your life to be free?  If you would give up your life, then how much is your life worth?  What value would you place upon being alive and being free at the same time?  Which brings us back to the dilemma a court faces when trying to determine the value of a life snuffed out early, or permanently disabled, by negligence or a criminal act of another.
But what if the reason for the loss of liberty was the negligence or criminal act of the agents of government?  What then is the value a court could place on that loss?  Would any of our current courts even attempt to adjudicate the loss of liberty as damages to a plaintiff?  That is what we intend to find out in our Title 42 Civil Rights case against Barack Obama.
What is a Civil Right, we might ask?  Is a Civil Right equal to an Individual Liberty?  According to 42 USC Section 1983 it is, wherein it reads:  “Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress…”
The prevailing phrase in this federal law is “rights…secured by the Constitution and laws…”   “Rights” can be construed no other way than as “individual rights” because it is “individual rights” that is the main and prime subject of the U. S. Constitution.  If an agent of government, under the color of law but not acting lawfully, deprives, takes away, extinguishes or diminishes an individual’s right or rights, according to 42 USC Section 1983 that agent is personally liable to the person whose rights were extinguished.  So the question is, how much is that government agent liable to the injured party in dollars, or gold, or silver, or other property of value?  That leads us back to what is the value of individual liberty and the total or partial loss thereof?
As we ponder these weighty questions, we will use what we find in our U. S. District Court complaint, by adding up the actions of Obama during his term in office in the form of Executive Orders he has issued (91 so far) and legislation he has signed into law.  We will then determine what those actions did to deprive, take away, extinguish or diminish our individual rights.  We will then determine what the value of that loss is in our request for remedies, should we prevail in the suit.  Our focus will not be on his ineligibility to be president because by the time that issue is adjudicated, he could very well be un-elected and the issue would thereby be moot.  Let us remember, that the American system is, after all, self-correcting, albeit sometimes slow to correct.
Upon filing the complaint in U. S. District Court, we will upload a copy of the complaint to our www.bringingdownobama.com website for all to view.  We will also add other useful information for those who are contemplating filing a similar complaint in the U. S. District Court of their state.
We are well aware of just how slow the wheels of justice turn in the American judicial system and the chances of getting even near a jury prior to the 2012 election, is nil to none.  However, our intent is to shine a negative public light on the actions taken by Obama and how those actions have affected not only our personal individual liberties, but the liberties of all other Americans as well.  Although we are acting of and for our own behalf  in our court case, in reality we are acting for and on behalf of all Americans….as an army of one!  Again, we encourage others to follow our lead, should they be bold, courageous and brave, in the spirit of David defeating Goliath.
Whether we prevail or not, we will have struck a match to the fire of freedom.  We intend to be the catalyst, not the final solution.  The solution will eventually take care of itself as the fire grows hotter, and the fire is growing hotter as we speak.  In contrast, however, we do not intend to become obsessed with a single solution because the solutions to our freedom are multi-faceted.  In the end, it will take tens of thousands of Americans who have the guts to become a David and take on Goliath.

“When a ‘forest fire’ is lit, there is no telling which way it will go.  It depends on the ‘wind’, the ‘fuel load’ and the ‘humidity’.  The ‘wind’ is about to blow real hard, the “fuel load” is huge and the humidity is dropping rapidly.  It just takes the right ‘match’, a lightning strike, or spontaneous combustion.  The question is, what (or who) will set it off?  Will you be the one to strike a match to the forest fire of freedom? —  Ron Ewart
As Wendell Phillips said, “the price of liberty is eternal vigilance.”  However, if each generation does not exercise eternal vigilance, the price of liberty may well have to be paid for with the blood of patriots.  Let this generation vow that blood will never have to be spilled again to secure our freedom.