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Celebrating Freedom & Liberty This 4th of July – A Different Perspective

June 12, 2011

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.

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. Cyndi P permalink
    June 12, 2011 7:34 pm

    I don’t see it as a day to celebrate, for me, it’s a day of sad reflection.

    • anita permalink
      June 12, 2011 8:32 pm

      Objection! Celebrate like its 1970! Remember the country as you saw it through a child’s eyes and spread the word that that’s how it should still be. We are the generation that needs to bring it all back together. If we don’t then who will? And if no one does then what……….?

      • June 12, 2011 8:38 pm

        Then we accept that we are guilty of allowing government to take the rest of our freedoms and our children and the following generations get to live under whatever government exists.

        If that happens……shame on us huh?

        • anita permalink
          June 12, 2011 8:51 pm

          Yep! Guilty as charged. But it’s time for action. The way I see it a peaceful revolution is already in place. Tea parties and blogs are framing the debate now. It won’t be fast or easy and it’s going to hurt for a while but I think the hardest part is acknowledging the problems. People are more aware of the corrupt government now so there’s nowhere for them to hide. We just need to keep up the pressure, live as much as possible without government and see where we get like that. There’s not really much else we can do. Or do you, Mr PS, have a better idea short of a split nation (which sounds better all the time) 🙂

      • Cyndi P permalink
        June 12, 2011 9:50 pm

        Then they get that ‘Change” that they insisted on having. They don’t listen to reason. They have to learn the hard way……
        😉

    • June 12, 2011 8:44 pm

      I understand that.

  2. Judy Sabatini permalink
    June 12, 2011 7:37 pm

    Great article PS & you’re right, there are a lot of people out there who are so totally blind to this government & what they have done to the constitution, they have done a lot to change it to suit them, & only them , to suit their needs & wants & the hell with everybody else. They don’t seem to understand or realize, that little by little, our freedoms & rights are slowing being taken away from us everyday. They’re either blind or just to stupid to see it.

    • June 12, 2011 8:41 pm

      It is good to celebrate the 4th if for no other reason than to remember what we had once, and have allowed to be taken away over time. It should spur people to reject further erosion of our rights, but I think way too many people only see the “fun” of the holiday. It has lost it’s meaning, much like Christmas.

      Sad to say, but there it is.

      • Judy Sabatini permalink
        June 12, 2011 9:14 pm

        I agree with what you said, & it’s so true with Christmas anymore. To me, I see people celebrate the holidays anymore as just another day off, not what the real meaning of the 4th, Christmas, Easter or even Thanksgiving. Sure, it’s nice to be able to celebrate, spend time with family & loved ones as well, but now you can’t say Merry Christmas, it’s Happy Holidays, & yes, I’m well aware of those who don’t celebrate because of different religions, but now, anymore anything you say or do might offend someone, people getting offended by the American flag, can’t say anything against Obama & his policies because you’re considered a racist, kids can’t have Christmas plays, or can’t celebrate Easter because if might be offensive. Now, it’s all this PC stuff & if you don’t watch what you say & do, then you’re looking at getting into trouble. That’s where our freedom of speech has been taken away from us. Yes, oh how I remember how it was, but now that has all changed, & changed for the worse. You’re limited on everything you can & can’t do anymore. Yes, I’m for all a limited government or none at all if it ever comes to that point. Let people live the way they choose without all the government interference, let them decide what’s best for them, not government telling us what’s best for us & why they think it is.

  3. June 12, 2011 8:58 pm

    Miss anita,

    Do I have a better idea? That depends. There is no single idea that will bring about the future course we, as a nation, exist under – even if we allow this travesty of current government to continue. We need to not only keep up the pressure, but add even more. This nation’s current government needs to be pushed and pushed to give up what they have stolen,

    When we have, from all political persuasions, representatives of low to no moral standards, who will lie, who will cheat, who will steal, who will hold their personal interests first, we have no choice but to push this mess off a cliff and try again.

    It that comes in regionalizing the one nation into several, or letting states have the primary roll in governing, or of more local community government, is open to debate. All I know is this national government experiment is a failure and needs to go. But that will be many ideas, not one from any one person.

    • anita permalink
      June 12, 2011 9:02 pm

      I believe we’re in agreement here Mr. PS! 🙂 Now I yield to Cyndi P who I know is going to rain on my parade..MS P..it’s on you. 😉

      • Cyndi P permalink
        June 12, 2011 9:55 pm

        The rain will have to wait. Its a lovely beach day out here and I’m off to go snorkling. Priorities…… 😉

  4. Judy Sabatini permalink
    June 12, 2011 9:32 pm

    Just saw this on face book .

    Be a liberal
    Rewrite the past
    Lie about the present
    Offer nothing for the future.

  5. charlie miles permalink
    June 14, 2011 10:48 am

    i said it before and i will say it again. politicly correct is and will be the downfall of our nation!judy is right we cant say merry christmas or call it a christmas tree or display a nativity scene because it might offend someone, since when? all the liberals preach that were all supposed to get along and respect each others beliefs. i get all that, but why is it that our beliefs and the way we celebrate and worship gets kicked in the nuts and were made out to be the bad guys?any of you fucking american hateing liberal pricks have an answer for that!

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