Friday, July 5, 2013

Reflections of Independence

A friend details an honest look at freedoms lost and provides a thoughtful challenge this Independence weekend...

"I challenge you to consider today, not only the Freedoms we still retain, but the Freedoms that we have lost and are losing. The Constitution is a document that does not detail all of our freedoms. Rather it discusses what FEW powers were delegated to a limited Federal Government. The Bill of Rights was added LATER, because some of the states wanted them, but the Founders were loathe to enumerate ANY rights, because it could imply that those are the only rights we have. They felt it necessary to put in the 9th and 10th amendments to clarify that any other rights not specifically listed are still retained by the states and the people.

So consider some of what we have lost:    

*Freedom of Religion
- Public prayer and posting of 10 Commandments, Bible reading often curtailed, incidences where Bible studies disallowed in home, etc., secular government defining marriage.

*Freedom of Privacy
in your Papers and Person - NDAA, Patriot Act, roadblocks, etc., your emails and calls are logged. If you want to drive or work or put money in a bank, your address and personal information are public record and available to anyone.

*Freedom of Movemen
t - You must "show your papers" to travel about the countryside (driver's license, insurance, car tags, passport, etc.), submit to "routine" roadblocks and car inspections.

*Freedom of Association
- Government-issued marriage "license" tells who can have a private relationship, you have to allow anyone to come to your private business, you cannot completely choose whom to employ.

*Right to Keep and Bear Arms
- In most states, you have to have a "license" (permission from government) to own one and/or carry one and the current government is working to disallow any ownership.

*Right to Freely Assemble
- You often must get a "permit" to have a gathering and in many areas, there are often "Free Speech Zones" (huh?) at public/political events.

*Freedom of Speech
- You can be considered a terrorist if you speak out against the government. (NDAA, Patriot Act), "Free Speech Zones," Freedom of Press is often limited to "corporate press."

*Right to Property
- You don't truly own your physical property, because it can be taken from you if you fail to pay taxes or submit to bureaucratic regulations. You do not have the Right to Keep the Fruits of your Labor and choose what to do with it - Have you ever thought about this? When you have to submit a portion of the fruits of your labor to another human entity upon fear of punishment, then you are submitted to a form of slavery.

*Right to Representation
in Government - "Taxation without representation." We have much higher taxes and inadequate constitutional representation (too few representatives) than the Founding Fathers went to war over. We have legislation from non-elected bureaucratic agencies (IRS, EPA, FDA, USDA, etc, etc, etc., this list is huge). "He [King George] has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their substance." Our government often subjugates our sovereignty to unelected global entities, which often supersede our Constitutional rights.

*Medical and Food Freedom
- Home births discouraged and midwives prosecuted, newborns must get vaccines in hospitals per many laws, pressure to vaccinate, many natural herbs made illegal and unavailable, raw milk illegal, farmers can't grow hemp, healthcare and medical sharing choices curtailed, records must be digital, Farm-to-Table sales heavily regulated.

The ONLY purpose of government is to safeguard our liberties, not take them away or control our every move:

"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..."

So, while we reflect upon those who fought to win our Freedom from tyrannical government, let us consider those who might be doing so today. Let us consider how we might contribute to the maintenance/restoration of our constitutional and God-given freedoms. They will not maintain themselves."

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