Memorial Day is celebrated to remember the ultimate sacrifice made in defense of our freedom. Where is the new generation to take up the banner of liberty and to sacrifice for their country?
Liberty on Life Support when Uncle Sam is Comatose
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“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” (Benjamin Franklin, Speech to the Pennsylvania Assembly, November 11, 1755)
When I was young, measuring life’s curves and frustrations through the prism of serenity seemed like a wonderful idea. Would the source of my momentary ire and stress be important in five years? Following this simplistic advice, would anything matter in 100 years since every person alive at this moment will likely be dead?
However, our great grandchildren will be alive. What kind of society will we leave behind for them? Will they live in relative freedom or will they be serfs to a totalitarian regime, be it communism, fascism, Islamism, or a global kingdom of worship to Gaia, the atheists’ religion?
Would they still have rights from God, freedom of movement, speech, assembly, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Will these rights be permitted only if the government desired? Would time become a commodity that the government will imprint into a chip on our arms, determining from a central command whether we live or die if we worked hard and long enough?
It sounds Orwellian but nobody thought twenty years ago that a noiseless drone could fly over our heads to kill targeted civilians, guided by a faceless bureaucrat in a bunker thousands of miles away, and that we would have an assassination czar to make just such decisions of life and death without the benefit of due process. During the early days of America through the late sixties, those were called lynchings.
All three branches of government already reject and trample our Constitution, controlling our lives as they please to the benefit of a communistic collective good. We are no longer free; we have not felt slavery yet in all its painful forms. The thirst for power and control can cause seemingly normal people to act in ways that dehumanize and pervert the soul.
We have criminals hired “for our own safety” who molest babies, children, women, and the elderly at airports, trains, and other public places. They are hired on purpose to acquaint us with maltreatment and to dehumanize. They spread disease through disposable gloves that are never changed. They herd us through powerful scanners that cause cancer, rifle through our belongings, rough us up, with total disregard for our rights, yet TSA has never caught actual terrorists. The hired goons are the terrorists. How much worse will it be in 100 years?
The government manufactured many crises since 2008, TARP and bailouts, in order to save its Wall Street financial contributors who have made bad investments. Were they “too big to fail?” Will bailing out Wall Street be our eventual doom as a nation?
The government has blown out of proportion many small potential threats of terrorism in order to pretend that they kept us safe from terrorism. Have they stopped or caught one single terrorist yet? Perhaps they did and we do not know. When potential attacks were halted, private citizens rose to the occasion. They happened to be alert and overpowered the would-be terrorists. The TSA-hired goons never stopped an attack.
Would the government ration food to its citizens in 100 years? Would they ration free time, faith, entertainment, freedom of movement, reproduction, health care, and mobility? It is already happening; we have not felt the full brunt of it yet.
Would thought police control our great grandchildren in 100 years? There are devices that can do that already but are not used on a large scale. Germans had a song called, “Die Gedanken sind frei,” thoughts are free, but are they, and will they be? The idea of the song was that, if you imprisoned an individual, no matter what you did to that person, you could not control their thoughts; the intense human desire for freedom and escape would prevail.
Would there be a military in 100 years with the changed mission to control and imprison citizens instead of serving and protecting them from foreign invaders? Would it be such a stretch since we already have NDAA 2012 in place, approved by a Congress who no longer represents the interests of its constituency and of “we the people?”
We no longer have a Constitution that anybody follows, the government entities authorize what they want, write whatever laws and executive orders they want, regulate everything into oblivion, tax us to the benefit of the welfare recipients who support them, and spread our wealth to the rest of the globe in the name of social justice.
As 50 percent of the population who pays no taxes and receives welfare is happy with their representative government, the rest of Americans remain docile and silent in their disgruntled compliance. One hundred years from now, our great grandchildren will ask, why did our great grandfathers and great grandmothers accept maltreatment with such sheepish compliance? What happened to their courage to resist?
Americans who preserved our freedom until now rest at Arlington National Cemetery and in cemeteries around the world. Their courage and altruism were not in vain nor forgotten. Memorial Day is celebrated to remember the ultimate sacrifice made in defense of our freedom. Where is the new generation to take up the banner of liberty and to sacrifice for their country?Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh -- Bio and Archives | Click to view Comments