Celebrating Freedom & Liberty This 4th of July – A Different Perspective
Very soon America will be celebrating her 235th birthday. There will be Fourth of July parades, parties and fireworks displays all across the country as we recall the work and sacrifice made by our colonial ancestors to throw off the tyranny of the government of King George III. We reiterate how freedom and liberty were gained by our forefathers and how that freedom and liberty continues to this very day for each and every member of our society.
If only that were the truth!
Our nation has changed in the past 235 years, some of those changes being very necessary and proper. Slavery was abolished at the very same time the States Rights were severely restricted to only when the national government chooses to allow the States to exercise their rights. Women were given the right to vote, finally being recognized as more than just property. The Civil Rights movement improved the lives of all minorities through focusing on the unconstitutional treatment of Blacks in this country. Change isn’t bad and change will occur, though not always for the better.
America has other ugly stains of dishonorable behavior in our history, such as the murder and destruction of many Native American groups (like the Sand Creek Massacre in November 1864), the internment of Japanese and Japanese-Americans in camps during World War II, or the re-designation of prisoners to non-entities in order to deny them any form of constitutional rights or standings as they are held indefinitely (for years) in a military confinement camp – where torture is authorized to gain information to use against others or the prisoner in future “legal” proceedings.
When we celebrate our independence remember not everyone does so blindly, refusing to recognize that our freedom and liberty exist as they were won from the Crown, There are Americans who recognize that the government of the United States is no longer an honorable government. There are citizens who recognize that the government of the United States does not continue to have the best interests of the people in their actions as they govern. There are citizens who recognize that the government of the United States no longer maintains faith and allegiance to the very Constitution that give the government its legitimacy from the people. While these people will gladly celebrate the nations birth, they do not celebrate our freedom and liberty today blindly since they are under no illusions about the behavior of the United States Government (regardless of which political party is in control).
If you fail to see the truth of this then you should do some reading:
There’s a Secret Patriot Act, Senator Says (Wired, May 25, 2011)
Warrants Let Agents Enter Homes Without Owner Knowing (KOAT 7 – ABC, May 17. 2011)
Domestic Intelligence Surveillance Grew in 2010 (Secrecy News, May 6, 2011)
FBI Has Dismal Record on Spy Power But White House Wants Power Expanded (Government Accountability Project, July 2010)
A Review of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Use of Exigent Letters and Other Informal Requests for Telephone Records (Office of the Inspector General, DOJ, January 2010)
These are representative of the activities of our government since 9/11 and enactment of the Patriot Act afterwards. That one Act has brought about, or in many cases increased, the governments un-Constitutional acts against the people of the United States. Yet, many Americans willingly support the government’s actions, firmly convinced that the actions are necessary to protect our society.
What is worse is how some argue that for anyone who speaks against the country, the government, or the continued oppression and tyranny of the government, have made themselves members of an absolute minority with “doom & gloom” attitudes. We are accused of having failed to learn anything from history, yet they can not clearly see what has been wrought on the very society they live in, proudly proclaiming the freedom and liberty in it that exists only in their dreams. They are the ones who have learned nothing from history and they are the ones who will sit idly by and allow the government to continue stealing their rights from them.
For those I say – enjoy your Fourth of July celebration. Your refusal to look and think outside the little box you’re in makes you just as blind as the Loyalists to the government of King George III, the people who felt those colonists desiring a government without the Crown were an absolute minority.
At my July 4th celebration we will honor the true Patriots who had the courage to stand and fight for freedom and liberty, imperfect though it was, and we will also be discussing that which must change to return us to, or regain, those basic principles.