The Liberty Taboo: Apathy in America

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Liberty today is lost on a generation who has never learned what it is to live with out it. In this editorial The Weekly Stash try's to show the absolute necessity of liberty and our civil rights.

Submitted: May 03, 2012

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Submitted: May 03, 2012





It almost seems as though it's a dirty word in society today. It is shrugged off with an ignorance that is astounding. I have witnessed the systematic dismantling of the Bill of Rights by our government. This has grown to such immense proportions, that it has nowhere to left to go, but inside our homes. Today it is a common occurrence, (and treated as such) we see gross misconduct on the part of the Whitehouse, Senate and the House of Representatives. Although it was the Bush administration that enacted policies such as the "Patriot Act" and the" Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act" of 2004. Which, as stated by Bush: "Continues the essential reorganization of our government." The Obama administration has not only continued these same oppressive policies, but expanded them and their scope. (But you can't criticize him lest you be labeled a racist even though sensible people of all complexions are criticizing him.)

  What was not told to us was that "reorganization", meant giving much broader powers to the FBI, NSA and the Homeland Security Agencies, that essentially allowed them to enter your home without a warrant, listen in on any communications you make from your home, or anywhere else for that matter. They are allowed by law, to freeze all your financial assets IE; bank accounts, savings bonds, home, car, and even your pocket money. They can detain you indefinitely, without a trial, or a lawyer present for your defense. And they are allowed to do this, by law, without ever having to have or state a reason. "No probable cause is needed" You may think this is untrue, but i assure you, it is very true. It also consolidated a mass amount of power in the executive branch, which is a glaring violation of the Constitution. You are encouraged to read the Patriot Act, and all legislation regarding the restriction of liberty in the name of "security" All of which is available online.

Some of you may be thinking; "Well, I am not a criminal and they have no reason to bother me." To that, I would ask two (2) questions: 1.) would you allow a stranger to HAVE THE POWER to come in your home and do as he/she pleased? Even if you believed they would not exercise it? 2.) Have you ever bean accused of doing, or saying something that you did not?

 Remember, people that work for the federal government are just people, they have sicknesses and faults, may even be depraved. Just like anyone else. You don't know them, or what they will do to you and your family.  Just because the work for the government does not mean that they have your best interest at heart. In fact, many times civilians are seen as "potential combatants" No one should have that kind of power over another human being.

 Apathy is the sickness of our society today.

We are so busy with our gadgets and or entertainments that we have allowed politicians to go about their abuses of power and daily bribery tactics, with no fear or sense of responsibility. (In fact, we morph them into celebrities once they are exposed.)

 We have become a nation of people who are so estranged from each other and fearful of our neighbor, that apathy, seems like it's us minding our own business. But that's just it, this country and the laws and policies that govern us are our business, and the business of our children. 


When will America stand up as one people, and say we have had enough? When will we stop letting the media accentuate what our differences are, instead of the many more things that we have in common?

And when will we begin to see ourselves as human beings instead of consumers?

I will stand next to anyone who is willing to put their reputation, livelihood, and even their life, on the line so that my daughter, and your children, will live in a country that does start wars for the purpose of imposing our standards on another people, just as we would not want other countries imposing their will upon us, a country where more money does not mean more important, where personal responsibility is not determined by a commodity or a corporation, but by the individual for which it stands, where freedom is not a privilege or even a right, but inherent as breathing. 

Freedom and liberty are of the same soil, you cannot have one without the other. Security is necessary, but not at the cost of the very thing you are trying to protect.

Benjamin Franklin once said:

"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security"

And Clarence Darrow spoke:

"You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free." 

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