Where is the Freedom?

With all discussion has been going on the last few days regarding the attacks on the Second Amendment, by every gun toting advocate, in almost every part of this country, it appears to me that most of them, if not all do not realize just how many rights they’ve already lost, nor how bad the United States Constitution has already been trampled.  Let’s take a basic look at the First Amendment. The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law… Abridging freedom of speech”.

However, if you look at the website, you will find two sections that show that freedom of speech includes the right to do certain things.  And another section that says freedom of speech does not include other rights, “it does not include: two incite actions that would harm others (e.g., shouting fire in a crowded theater.)”  Now this one can make sense, however, anyone with common sense would not say something like that.


Now here’s one that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me: “this does not include the right to permit students to print articles in school newspaper over the objections of the school administration.”  Now to me I see that as censorship.  We teach our children to have free speech and to share their thoughts and ideas, yet now a small group of people has the power, to determine what is fit to print.  Any way you look at it.  That is censorship.


We see various forms of censorship every day when we watch the TV news, or read a printed newspaper.  The mainstream media, decides what is fit for broadcast or print.  This simply means they determine what it is that we are going to see or hear.  Is not just another form of censorship?  I think so; I hear and see a lot of other people saying the same thing.  That’s why there’s so many blogs and websites out there talking about the news that mainstream media won’t cover.  Why is that?  Simple, it is just one form of censorship, “the determination of one group, to decide what is fit for general consumption.”


Take the last couple days for example, the majority of what we’ve seen on the news has been coverage of the President’s inauguration.  I personally feel that there was much more important news to be covered.  For example, there is a five-year-old girl suspended from school, for threatening to shoot her friends, and then herself with her pink Hello Kitty bubble gun.  How come that lunacy is covered by the mainstream media?  Simple, it shows how ridiculous and paranoid the majority of the population has become.


For years since I graduated high school, I have noticed an ever-increasing trend of a more and more tainted view of American History being taught.  I doubt if you were to ask 100 high school students today if they could tell you what the “Trail of Tears” was, it is doubtful that 20% could accurately tell you.  Now there are always exceptions to the rule, there are parents who get involved, and make sure that their children actually learn something in school.  However, there are a great deal of parents who do not get involved, who put their total faith in the school system to teach their children, not just right from wrong, but give them accurate knowledge of history so that they can make their own intellectual decision about what happened in the past.


It was common practice for children, every morning, to have prayer, and to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  In 1964, due to a Supreme Court ruling, prayer was removed from schools under the guise of the separation of Church and State.  Furthermore, sometime in the last 20 years, Children were told they could not say “God” in a public school for fear of might offend somebody.  Now I understand, that the Pledge of Allegiance has been removed from school altogether.  Does that say anything to anybody?  It tells me that the things that this country was founded upon; Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, and basic Moral Values, have all been removed from the school system.  Thus, it now falls solely on the shoulders of all parents to teach their children basic values.  However, that would require parents to get involved, and many have neither the inclination nor desire to do so.


Over the last 40 or so years our young people have gradually been bombarded with advertising that glorifies, sex, alcohol, drugs, smoking, and most importantly, instant gratification.  They’re also being told through the mainstream media that they can achieve or get whatever they want, and they’re entitled to.  What they don’t bother to teach them, is that to achieve anything or get anything it takes work, hard work.  But if you look at the swelling numbers of those on welfare, you begin to see a whole group of people, who were convinced that they didn’t have to work if they did certain things.  All they had to do was show up and play by the rules, and they could get free medical, cheap or free housing, money for food, discounted utilities, a little bit of money for extraneous expenses, and now they even get free cell phones.  What the world is going on?  Simple, you make an entire class of people dependent on the Government, you can take away the basic rights that they were entitled under the Constitution, and they will thank you for doing it.


While I agree that the fight over the Second Amendment is a just one, I do not think that we should just focus on that one point.  I think that we should educate ourselves, be thorough, and fight for the restoration of the entire U.S. Constitution as our Founding Fathers penned it.  While there were conditions placed in the Constitution, which allowed for adjustments, the adjustments that have been made, and are continuing to be made have done little more than to take the power away from “We the People” and place it solely in the hands of those elected officials who swore to uphold and defend it.


By creating a federal system of republican government with separated powers, the Founders attempted to strike a balance between liberty and order.  An excessive liberty can result in disorder and license, while too much order can be repressive and tyrannical.  James Wilson explained, “Without liberty, law loses its nature and its name, and becomes oppression.  Without law, liberty also loses its nature and its name, and becomes licentiousness.”  Thomas Jefferson commented, “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences of attending too much liberty than attending too small a degree of it.”


The Founding Fathers also believed that in order for liberty to survive, citizens must be virtuous.  George Mason wrote, “No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people, but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue, and by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles.”  What does all that mean?  For me, it simply states that in order to ensure our freedoms we must all stay involved.  If we fail to stay involved, and ensure that our elected officials stay within the confines of the U.S. Constitution, then we have given them the power to tell us what freedoms we are allowed to have.


You would think it was coincidence when Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence.  That in the first paragraph he states.  “When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume the among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of nature’s God entitles them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”


While I understand the need for the separation of church and state, I find it interesting that our Founding Fathers would state that these are rights entitled to them by God.  They understood that it was necessary for people to have faith in something greater than themselves.  This allows for the majority of people to have a basic moral foundation.  And while many can dispute the religious beliefs of many of the Founding Fathers, they all had a belief, a basic belief in God.


Mr. Jefferson went on to state, “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.”  Governed is the primary word that we need to focus on, who are the government?  The governed is every man, woman and child in this country that are legal US citizens.  Why is it that we have allowed those that are to govern us, ignore the desires of We the People to become the Dictators?  It’s a simple word “APATHY!”


It is our own laziness, our own lack of interest, our own belief in the system, and perhaps our own ignorance in the system.  If it is the latter, then who is to blame?  I got news for everybody, every one of those reasons or excuses fall solely on the responsibility of each and every individual in this country.  We have allowed this to happen for a variety of reasons, were too busy with work, the kids.  Whatever the excuses, that’s all they are, EXCUSES.


So, while we are all complaining about our Second Amendment rights being taken away from us, or threatened, we must remind ourselves, that this is not the first time that some part of the Government has tried to circumvent the Constitution, and remove some part of our rights.  So far they have succeeded at every step, however at this point, with this attempt, people are starting to wake up.  They say that the attacks that they are placing on guns has no bearing on the Second Amendment.  However, I disagree.  The Second Amendment states that we must be an armed militia, capable of taking on a tyrannical government.


If that is true, then how is it that the American militia will be able to ever challenge the in-place military and law enforcement, if they have assault weapons, and the general public is left with bolt action single shot rifles and revolver pistols?  The answer is simple, “We Cannot!”  So while I agree that we must stand and fight for the Second Amendment, we must also fight for the rights that we have already given up.  If we don’t fight to get those back, then it will not matter if we get to keep our guns, because they will just find another way to take the guns away.


Our sitting Commander-in-Chief has already shown that he has little regard for the checks and balances system that was put in place to protect us from someone like him.  If Congress or the Senate do not agree with what he wants done, he will just signed an Executive Order circumventing the whole system.  I have seen petition after petition circulating around on the Internet, and have yet to see one ounce of evidence that any are working.  While the President has now for the second time, taken an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, he has shown that he has no regard for that document.


Where does that leave us?  What are our options?  Well, a good place to start, what to be reminded that Thomas Jefferson continued in the Declaration of Independence.  Stating, “That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it, and to institute a new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness.”  I read this to mean, we must do everything in our power up to and including physical violence, to ensure that our rights are trampled on, no more.


Two independent quotes from Thomas Jefferson that I like, it seemed to fit the situation are as follows.  “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”  However, the one that exemplifies the situation that we are currently in with the attacks on the Second Amendment is, “when the people fear the government, there is tyranny.  When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”  The attacks on the Second Amendment, trying to dictate which weapons we can or cannot have, is proof that the Government fears the people.  That is why they want to remove our weapons, or at the very least, limit the types of weapons and ammunition that we can have.


I will leave you with this thought; it sums up everything that I have tried to state here in a few short words.  “Experience has shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”  Thomas Jefferson