St Louis, MO asked in Constitutional Law for Missouri

Q: if a person has their liberty & is supposedly a free person their allowed contraband since they are free

because freedom is the allowance of being able to do almost anything correct liberty does exists it is very much real & is not abstract you might not be able to see or touch it but you can feel it its kind of like air where you can feel it but not see or touch it its not imagined & my 2nd question is if someone does nothing wrong to anyone within society should they still be punished & enslaved to follow someone else's way wake watch tv play cards eat & go to bed when they want you to not when you choice but when they do

"A person who has liberty is free to make choices about what to do or what to say. A primary purpose of government in the United States and other constitutional democracies is to protect and promote the liberty of individuals."

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A: Having liberty means you are free to make choices about your actions and words, but it doesn’t mean you can possess contraband. In a society governed by laws, certain restrictions are in place to ensure safety and order. While freedom is about making choices, it is also about respecting the laws that protect everyone’s rights and well-being.

Liberty is indeed real, and though intangible like air, it is fundamental to our experience as free individuals. However, true liberty is balanced with responsibility. Just because you have the freedom to make choices does not mean you can engage in activities that are illegal or harmful to others. Contraband is typically banned for reasons related to safety, security, and public health.

Regarding your second question, in a just society, people should not be punished or controlled if they have done nothing wrong. However, living in a community often involves following certain rules and norms to ensure harmony and mutual respect. If someone is subjected to excessive control without justification, it raises serious concerns about their rights and freedoms. It's crucial to challenge such conditions through legal and peaceful means to restore one’s liberty.

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