Civic Duty

Far too many people today have no concept of Civic Duty aka Civic Virtue aka Social Responsibility.

Conservatives are saying, “We are currently living diametrically opposed to the Freedoms in our Constitution.”

As a staunch Conservative, I vehemently disagree. Our Founding Fathers pledged their lives and fortunes for our nation while calling upon all citizens to pitch in and do their part, as well. Most did.

Conservatives are saying, “Our freedoms and our Civic rights (even if to expose ourselves and die as a result of CV) should be our decision and our decision alone.”

This statement reveals zero understanding of how one’s own action may adversely impact others. At best, it’s self-centered, if not childish.

Next: “People, however, in fear of CV, should also have the right to quarantine themselves and or take necessary precautions.”

I’d call that a civic duty, but yes, there are indeed rights involved.

You then asked, “How is the United States of America getting away with this tremendous breach of our very basic freedoms? What am I missing?

Quite a lot.

CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING: From the dawn of our nation, our Supreme Court and indeed our Founding Fathers themselves have always held that “Our freedoms and our Civic rights must be tempered with and balanced by our responsibility — civic duty — to others in our society as a whole.

This principle goes back to a very specific verse in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 10:23:

“I have the right to do anything,” you say–but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”–but not everything is constructive.”

A society where the masses insist on exercising rights and freedoms to the detriment of their fellow countrymen isn’t a healthy society. It won’t last very long, so far as countries go. It’s a sick, self-indulgent, “Me, me, me!” society already corrupted from within by greed, selfishness and self-centered decay.

Societies where citizens are capable of recognizing how important maintaining the nation as a whole, even to the point of pitching in, selflessly, to help make it happen, are far more healthy. Those societies are strong in community, strong in spirit. They stand a greater chance of surviving whatever may befall them.

If fact, I’ll argue that’s precisely what made our nation great in the first place, the willingness of everyone, in times of need, to step up to the place, sacrificing self for others. Indeed:

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

John 15:13.

This is precisely WHY so many outstanding people join the military, and why so many have been lost — but also why our country is far better for it.

Selfish societies die, usually under the weight of their own excesses.

Think on that for a while, or at least while you listen to the inimitable wisdom of Robert A. Heinlein: