My title may be misunderstood by some when the idea of slavery is so revulsive in many minds. Therefore, let me state that the slavery to which I refer is not physical chains but political, economic, and mental slavery. It is a condition that our Founding Fathers feared could transpire and did everything humanly possible to prevent its occurrence. Sadly, we allowed it to transpire by taking the position of allowing the politicians to handle the politics. This wound is self-inflicted, but it is also correctable.
The Bill of Rights is an amazing document enumerating certain rights and liberties that were never to be infringed by the central government or any government. The Founders recognized that our inalienable rights came from our Creator, not the government. They believed that they had sufficiently provided safeguards to prevent the existence of a political ruling class. They could not envision any American society who had tasted the liberties and freedoms embodied in our Constitution and Bill of Rights allowing the government to surpass their constitutional authority. They could not but warned of the direness of it happening.
The Bill of Rights has become a Bill of No Rights on many fronts and intensifying as the followers of a toxic brand of liberalism and progressivism gain power. By power, I mean control, and as they take more and more liberties with their interpretation of or the ignoring of the American Constitution. Each infringement pushes us toward a brand of political slavery that should not be palatable to anyone regardless of how many carrots they dangle in front of our faces. I am amazed at how small a price some, place on their freedom and liberty. Someone said, “Everything is for sale.” It seems that is true for too many today.
The First Amendment enumerates liberties deemed to be inalienable but vanishing today. It includes the freedom of religion and its free exercise. Today, the demand that we abandon our core religious convictions to accommodate the choices of another is an infringement that would horrify the founders. It includes the freedom of speech and the press. Well, regarding the press it seems their freedom depends on which side of the political aisle they embrace.
Freedom of speech is rapidly becoming a dinosaur unless you are rabidly politically correct and embrace the culture of liberalism. Then there is the freedom of assembly and peaceably petitioning the Government for a redress of grievances. You can riot, loot, burn, and destroy if you are on the Left but an insurrectionist if you are on the Right.
The COVID pandemic provided the powerbrokers the means whereby to infringe upon our 1st Amendment Rights. You could go to Walmart but not Church. The virus knew which lines it could and could not cross, I guess. The paranoia that has ensued and the mandates and controls implemented have trampled on our freedom of speech. It is not a hate crime to speak your mind if you are not a follower of the many facets of the Progressive agenda.
Our first president and the father of our country, George Washington prophetically warned, “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” Is that not where we are or are headed today? When all sides of an issue are prevented from having a voice that is censorship and ultimately leads to totalitarianism.
The use of ‘scare tactics’ regardless of which side is using it is diabolical and destructive. Presenting facts is one thing, fanning the flames of fear using propaganda and misinformation or disinformation is destructive. Harry S. Truman said, “Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” If we are not there, we are dangerously close.
I am deeply disturbed as I listen to the narrative of the current pneumococcus is abrogated daily and the massive push to shut down all dissent. The discovery that Dr. Mercola removed 25 years’ worth of content because of his stance on the body’s ability to heal itself if treated properly, even against a Sars variant. That should disturb everyone not just the detractors toward the government’s prescription.
I believe that a healthy society is one that allows the free flow of ideas. Our Republic was birthed, and our Constitution was derived after a lengthy series of open debates and exchanges of ideas by the founders. I believe that only a society that allows the free exchange of ideas, allows for open debate and dissent can perpetuate the freedom we have enjoyed for our 240 plus years. In that environment, the Truth will prevail, and the False will be exposed and tossed aside by those desirous of the Truth and Right.
When I heard Senator, Rand Paul encourage defiance to the totalitarian edicts I was both encourage and thought, “Are you sure?” Are you sure, what? He said, “They can’t arrest us all.” I thought, are you sure? As I observe in the annals of history the record of tyrants through the ages, I am not sure that the good Senator’s postulation is accurate. They just might try. Of course, that would precipitate a full-blown revolution and revolt and that might not turn out well for the dissenters.
At the end of the day, I believe that we are going to have to rekindle the Spirit of 1776 and be willing to make the same level of commitment to freedom as they made. Those 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were willing to make the commitment no matter the cost. If we develop that same level of commitment, we can reclaim our republic.
The apostle Paul encouraged in Galatians 6:9, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for at the proper time, we will reap if we do not give up.” I believe that a return to God and a total surrender of our lives into His care and keeping is what is required to save America. I trust Him and am calling for all who will join me to follow the prescription of 2 Chronicles 7:14.
God bless you and God bless America is my prayer and desire!