Freedom Is Just Another Word

What good is our constitution and its first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, if the courts and our elected officials don’t uphold it? Is “freedom”, as  Janis Joplin  said in her song, Me & Bobby McGee. just another word? To this humble observer of the asylum we all have to live in, it does seem that we are losing our freedoms at such an alarming rate that maybe freedom is just another word of little significance. Let’s review some of our guaranteed rights.

The First Amendment

Freedom Of Religion _ In this once Judeo-Christian nation, it seems to me that the only people who still enjoy that right are atheists and Muslims.

Freedom of Speech _  This right now only applies to those people who are careful not to use any politically incorrect words that could potentially offend someone else. Once the bastions of free speech and ideas, our universities now have designated Free Speech Zones outside of which free speech is not condoned.

Free Press _ Not since Eric Holder has been our Atttorney General.

The Second Amendment

The Right to Bare Arms _  Every state and city has infringed upon this right to some degree. In some parts of the country it is almost impossible to exercise this right guaranteed by the constitution.

 

The Fourth & Sixth Amendments

The Right Not to be Subject to Unreasonable Search and Seizure, The Right to a Speedy Trial by an Impartial Jury, The Right to be Informed of the Criminal Charges, The Right to Confront Witnesses, The Right to Compel Witnesses to Appear, The Right to an Attorney _

These rights were effectively nullified with the passage of the unpatriotic Patriot Act, which gave us the DHS, TSA, FISA and an NSA that can do whatever it wants.

The Fifth Amendment

The Right not to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation _ “These days there are hundreds of local, state, and federal agencies that can confiscate your assets, levy your bank account, and freeze you out of your life’s savings. None of this requires a court order.” (Source) And, of course, under the Patriot Act and NDAA, if the government “accuses” a citizen of terrorism, that citizen has no rights… period!

The Ninth & Tenth Amendments

The Enumerated Rights of the Federal Government Shall Not be Construed to Deny the Rights Retained by the People, the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people _  A multitude of alphabet-soup agencies created by our Congress and directed by our Presidents have run roughshod over the rights of the States and their citizens for decades.

When every right and protection you have can be disregarded in their sole discretion, one really has to wonder how anyone can call it a ‘free country’ any more. (Source)

“Freedom” once was a concept that held the hearts and souls of average Americans. Today, with the exception of the conservatives and libertarians, freedom is just another word.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Freedom Is Just Another Word

  1. And we are losing what we first thought were Conservative voices in the battle. Glenn Beck for one. Years ago, before his ego got too big, he made the arguments tenable, Hannity? Cantor? Paul Ryan? Rubio? We do control the purse strings yet, nothing is done to stop this madness.

  2. A few years ago, a lawyer sued the federal government alleging that Barack Obama was not a citizen by birth of the United States as was not, therefore, eligible to serve as President of the United States. As I understand this case, it was the court’s opinion that since the State of Illinois had certified Obama’s eligibility, the lawyer had no case, and more importantly, “no standing” to sue.

    It is hard to imagine that any thinking human being would trust the word of the State of Illinois, who may have invented the concept of government corruption. Still, the assertion that a citizen of these United States has no standing to sue in a matter so important as this was jaw dropping. Within a government of the people, we the people have no standing. Amazing.

    America today is not the same nation good men have died to preserve over the past 238 years; hell, it isn’t even the Nation into which I was born early in the last century. I could not be more disgusted with what we have become.

    1. It’s not America any more, Mustang. I remember after the 2012 elections, Sam Donaldson siad he had been so tierd of hearing conservatives saying they want their country back. He said he had news for them: it isn’t their country any more. It’s ours! We who believe in the America our Founders creeated are but a minority in America today.

      1. Part of my post from today. Seems apropos:

        They’re transforming America into a place where the snail darter, the desert turtle, and the LGBT community are protected by fiat, and everyone else is chased through the dismal swamp by packs of snarling federal commissars.

  3. “Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose…”

    I never did like those lyrics. I believe Kristofferson got it wrong. Freedom is another word for every thing to gain. When you have nothing left to lose, you are out of options. I don’t believe we are at the point in the United States where we have lost all our freedoms. I will remain optimistic. Excuse me while I find another deck chair. Where did all that water come from?

  4. I know I am two days to late but… when mediocre people reach their level of incompetence, they need to find who and what will allow them to stay in power and help their likes. It is not just the USA, it is a worldwide phenomena. Recent history proves it. I have watched 100-200 years old firms destroyed by a bunch of 20 somethings, I have watched old people who cannot do a high powered job make deals with devils to keep it.. And I have lived to see the day when the value of a human life is less than that of an animal. And at the end, all I say is, it is our fault, WE allowed it to happen by worrying about our lives, our kids, our aging parents, our safety, our security. WE allowed them to become bold and take more and rule us more. The protection the amendments provide should never have been a barginning chip. We allowed them to become that by being silent. A harsh statement… The question is WHAT ARE WE ALL AROUND THE WORLD OF EVERY BACKGROUND, ETHNICITY, RACE, COLOR, RELIGION are willing to do to change it? When will WE stop thinking about humans as US and THEM?

    1. Abby! It’s so good to hear from you. Eveery time I read a news item from Egypt, I wonder how you are.

      I’m sorry to say, Abby, that your analysis of the world as it is can not be denied. Freedom is not free. It takes a lot of work by responsible people. Alas, there are too few responsible people willing to make the effort. I’ve lived in Venezuela the last 21 years. Here it is rapidly becoming a country where it is every man for himself. The moral fiber that once bound society together has been gradually destroyed over the years. Like you, I see the same wherever in the world I look. people leave politics to the politicians and that is a grave mistake.

      Years ago a comic strip character, Pogo, said: I have seen the enemy and he is us. We humans really are our own worse enemy.

      Thank yo for coming by, Abby. Stay well and stay safe.

      Cheers!

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