Apparently not very much. In spite of the wars we have fought and the lives that were given to acquire and protect our freedoms from outside threats, we Americans have put-up very little resistance to the takings of our freedoms by our own ever-growing federal government.
This is not a new phenomena. My take is that it started slowly about 100 years ago. In 1913, under the Wilson administration we accepted that government could tax our income, we gave-up states rights by accepting that our Senators would henceforth be elected by popular vote instead of being appointed and thereby accountable to the individual states and, we accepted that a quasi-private company would take charge of producing our currency and manage our economy for continued inflation.
Every administration has contributed to the growth of the federal government and it’s control over our lives. Some of the worst, in my opinion, were the administrations of Wilson, FDR, Johnson, Clinton, Bush II, and now Obama.
The taking of our freedoms since the attacks of 9/11 have accelerated and specially so under the current administration. A number of recent blog articles make my point.
By way of LewRockwell.Com we have this article by Simon Black at Sovereign Man. Simon is worried about a government agent on every corner and a wire tap on every phone.
Kelly Holt also has an article at LewRockwell.Com . Kelly tells us how the former governor of Minnesota, Jesse Ventura, is suing the TSA for what he says was warrantless rubbing of his genitals.
We all know that DHS is an agency that is above the law. They can do just about anything with impunity. And, the TSA is totally out of control. But there are so many other ways the government is intruding on our lives.
The government wants to tell us which light bulb we can use, how many gallons of water we can have, tell our doctors who gets what care and, as Cheryl Pass of My Tea Party Chronicles tells us, they want to put Smart Meters in your house to ostensibly give them better information on how much electricity and water you are using.
Or how about this recent post at Bunkerville where we are told how the Obama administration is helping the Teamster’s Union to put and end to independent truckers with environmental standards for trucks that the independents can’t afford to comply with.
We are all aware,or at least we should be, how the government requires that we use fuel with ethanol from corn (food costs are skyrocketing around the world and we are required to use food to make ethanol), utilities are required to buy high cost alternative energy ( wind and solar), which means your electric rates go up. The government is funding and subsidizing with your money costly and inefficient hybrid cars that they want you to buy. Our government is doing everything possible to stop the development of petroleum based fuel sources in America, of which we have great quantities and would be a much cheaper source of energy. We apparently have no voice in these matters. Unelected bureaucrats do what they want not what we want.
I’m sure that I have not begun to cover all the ways that government is nibbling away at our freedoms. Taken in isolation, each intrusion seems minimal. it always starts that way. but just look at income tax. If I’m not mistaken, prior to World War II, the maximum rate of income tax was like 3%. We are told that these intrusions are necessary for our protection and/or for our own good.
I have some questions for my fellow Americans. When are you going to say No More? When are you going to decide that you are Not Going To Take It Anymore? Or, maybe the question I should ask is: How much more of your freedoms are you prepared to give-up to Big Brother?
That is what I am thinking, what are your thoughts?