Bold added by me for emphasis.....Originally Posted by KILTED COWBOY View Post
I am having a change of heart.
After reading all the other posts I have come to the conclusion that my thinking was flawed.
Any restrictions on our freedoms. Travel, closing private business etc. needs to be voluntary not mandated by the government.
Fear affected my thinking, fear for my family and my finances.
The same government that I do not trust with my second amendment protections I was willing to trust them with my first amendment rights.
That is what I love about DC. Through our discourse we some times come to a different conclusion than when we started to think about the problem.
I have great respect for those who can set aside their fears, their concerns, their worries, even their past conclusions and open their minds to different ways of seeing things in order to form new opinions, perspectives, and beliefs.
You Sir, have my respect.
So what do we do about folks who have some kind of communicable illness and endanger others by traveling, working, or being in public? Do we look to some kind of authority and demand those folks be controlled under penalty of punishment? Or do we acknowledge that those folks have just as much freedom to go about their daily lives as we do and look to ourselves to take the responsibility to protect ourselves by avoiding the sick instead of locking them up?
With freedom (and rights) come responsibilities and one of those responsibilities is to protect freedoms (and rights) even when we don't like who, how, when, where, and why those rights are exercised because if we don't..... we all lose.