A few years back, I became a law student and was assigned a rather daunting legal document in every introductory course, the “fiduciary duty” document, and so forth. One of the first questions was whether I thought it was worthwhile to go through with it, and I responded “Well, I’ve got to do this by the end of the term….”
During that term, I thought about it a lot and did the whole fiduciary duty thing. I read on different blogs about the state of the country and what our rights actually were. I went out and bought a bunch of books about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and the Constitution of Canada. I was amazed by the fact that we were even talking about this before the election. I became a bit more aware of our rights. I got to understand our rights from a personal perspective. I also became aware of how we really were and not just that we have an unalienable right to life, liberty, and property, but also that we have rights which are inalienable.
I realized that the Constitution is not a declaration, nor a book of rules. It actually has a clear rationale. It is not a bunch of rules you can just take up and tear out when you are exasperated or bored with them. It is a clear statement of government’s rights and responsibilities. We have not yet determined what these rights are.
A few months ago, I found myself making a quick buck by blogging about two very different things, both of which turned out to be interesting. One of the things I blogged about was a recent case where my friend, a well known real estate attorney, asked his client to leave his dog outside their home where he was going to be the guest of another couple. The other thing I blogged about was the question of whether any of us have a right to take money from people we don’t love, who have already been paid for our services, and then refuse to pay us.
I actually didn’t care that people didn’t like me taking money. I wasn’t interested in the answer. What I read was that if others in this country believe that any human being has the right to take money from another person and refuse to pay him then the people who were supposed to be paying us would be in trouble. The money was not ours to take and we had a right to our money.
All of a sudden, I was a lot closer to the fact that we have a right to take money from people we don’t love, but we don’t have to give it back to them either. We have a right to our money. We don’t have to give it back because we have a right to our money, to our property and to our life. This, of course, made perfect sense to me.
I can’t put it all into words but I will say that it is a step towards freedom of speech. It’s a step towards freedom of religion. It’s a step towards freedom of association. But it’s not the end of it. It’s not a solution of anything. It’s not even a solution. Freedom is never a solution to anything but something, but it’s a step in the right direction. Our freedom of speech is more freedom to say those things, our freedom of religion is more freedom to believe those things, our freedom to belong to those groups is more freedom to associate with people who believe those things. It’s about that much.
So, that’s why I think all the fuss is about a letter of credit. It’s about money. It’s about the freedom to take money. But it’s not about a declaration of rights. It is about money. It’s about freedom to take money. It’s about freedom of speech and freedom of religion. It’s about the freedom to belong to our group. It’s about liberty and it’s not a declaration of anything. It’s about freedom and it’s the most important freedom because without it, all the rest of our freedoms are meaningless.
You see, in the past decade or so, I have tried to move away from a purely financial perspective, one that only deals with the bottom line and the dollar signs and how much money I earn. It’s amazing how easy it is to see money in a completely different perspective. In the past year, money means freedom. That’s why the letter of credit is so important.
We have a right to our money, our freedom of speech and association. We have the freedom to take and send money to others. The government has the right to take and take money from us. We have the right to our money and to our speech and to our religion. We have the right to belong to our group. We have the right to life, freedom of religion, and property. We also have a right to our money. We can go out to others, find them, and say, “Hey, I want you to take my money. I want you to give it to me. I want you to send it to me. I don’t want it back but I want you to take it when you’re done.”
“You have no right to take anything out of my bank account when I can make a different decision for myself.”
So, the way we see money, and I’ll be the first to admit it, is much different. It’s more about freedom and about real life in a way that’s very different than what we’ve talked about in legal documents.
The letter of credit is very important. It’s important in many ways. Many people view it as us paying someone’s money to them for certain services…it takes the money from someone else and gives it to that person to do with as they please. It’s really a contract that says, “Hey, this person is getting paid for something, or is you getting paid for something, and because of this, I have a right to be paid money from another person”. The reality is the letter of credit is the same, it’s the same idea, and it’s the same concept.
The concept is so obvious if you think about it. It’s like a bank account. You have an account which is just an open book where you’re depositing money and it’s in your name. The person you gave the money to is the only one who can get the money out of the account when you are done with it. If you give the money to a bank, they have a right to be paid money from another person. The bank doesn’t have a right to the money. The money belongs to the person you’re giving it to. When you go to the bank and you pay them the money they take it out of your account and give it to the person you gave it to. The letter of credit is like that. It is the same idea, it is just a way of saying that.
So, the question is why didn’t we have these things in any of the other Declaration’s or other laws we had before the Constitution or before the Constitution of Canada? Why don’t we have this in other laws? Well, if it’s so obvious then it only makes sense to me that we didn’t have the concept before we had the Constitution or the Constitution and before the Canada Charter. It’s obvious because it’s been clearly stated in our Declaration. They were not intended to be taken literally.
So, the reason we don’t have these things is because we have not established them so we have to ask ourselves, what are they? What do they mean? What are they like? What do we have to do to give us a right to take money from others and to give us a right to own our money? Well, the answer to that is to establish those things and to give the power over those things to the people.
The Canadian Charter was not intended to give us freedom of religion, freedom of speech, or freedom to believe. The people were being given their rights in the Constitution. We were given our rights in the Constitution but we were given ours to give to the people. We are not giving anybody anything without giving them our permission.
Freedom of speech is a right granted by the people to the people. We, as citizens, as citizens of Canada, have a right to freedom of speech. We have the right to free speech to tell our government and to ourselves that what they are doing is wrong. The people of Canada have the power to do something about it, and they have established that right.
Freedom to associate is another right we have established to give to the people. The people of Canada have established the power of the freedom to associate. This comes from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. So, you can have a business and a bank account. You can have a private business and a private bank account.<>