Listening to David Barton yesterday at Highlands made me feel like Sunday was Memorial Day. After that good dose of Godly American history, I feel sad today. Today’s sadness, on Memorial Day proper, isn’t for all the fallen heroes, it’s for all us Americans that have been left behind.
It is so ironic that men and women, in so many military campaigns, have lost their lives defending our freedom, and the rest of us let our politicians take it away after 9/11. Our Constitution has been so watered down it barely exists. The Patriot Act, along with other legislation, have taken away many of the rights we all hold dear!
- Freedom from unreasonable searches… gone!
- Right to a speedy and public trial… gone!
- Freedom of association… gone!
- Right to legal representation… gone!
- Freedom of speech… gone!
- Right to liberty… gone!
There is a great quote from Benjamin Franklin that applies here, “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Let’s face it, we were suckered on 9/11. You can’t look at all that happened and NOT think it was wasn’t preplanned. Why would anyone have to give up any “God-given right” to keep a foreigner from coming in and attacking anything in this country. All we ever had to do was increase security! A police state should have been out of question by even our lawmakers. They claim there just wasn’t time to read the entire 315 pages before voting on it. Fine, don’t vote for it then. If you voted for it, repeal it! There has been time to fix it and it has not been fixed. Our freedoms are still gone!
I read the news article this weekend listing the “words not to use” to avoid Homeland Security from listing someone as a terrorist. I think I’ve used most of them in this blog. I’m a Christian though, so I harbor no violence against anyone. As a United States citizen though, I feel I must urge repeal of the Patriot Act and a return to the constitutional rights I was blessed by my Creator with! Our founding fathers said it better than I…
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long-established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776
This year I’ve encouraged everyone to support Ron Paul for President. The powers that be have opposed him strongly and positioned others ahead of him via propaganda in the media. If you listen to any Paul supporter, it is liberty that is our main theme. Fix the liberty issue and many other problems resolve themselves. It is obvious that neither party is moving toward that end. The same old way of governing isn’t going to be acceptable by Americans much longer. Our future depends on new leaders who represent the citizens. Washington has proven it is more interested in appeasing foreign governments and corporations and forgetting about the average citizen and all the soldiers that died, fighting for freedom!
Maybe the word “terrorist” needs to be redefined. After that, we just need to vote them out of Washington and put some real statesmen back in government. We can fix all this, but it’s going to take a few election cycles! This “Orwellian” society has to go!