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Some thoughts on liberty

There is currently a lot of hubbub surrounding "governmental overreach," what it means, and whether it is in fact happening. I'm talking specifically about many government officials requiring citizens to wear face masks in public. The examples people point to tend to be Michigan, New York, and many places in California, but it's also hit quite close to home for me in Houston. The worry is that requiring people to wear face masks--sometimes even under threat of fine or jail time--is too much for the government to demand, even at a time like this (though, many are suggesting that things are not nearly as bad as they seem). It is too much, they say, for the government to mandate how a citizen ought to behave, for that is to take away his rights and liberty.

The concern is summed up well in the following quote from a 1917 speech by Robert LaFollete, an American Senator at the time. He writes,

"I have in my possession numerous affidavits establishing the fact that p…

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