July 12, 2014
Is it true that natural born citizens no longer cherish their personal freedom? What about the hordes of immigrant refugees that flock across our borders, do they have a desire to embrace the goals set down by the Founding Fathers or are these principles foreign to their mindset? Freedom is a concept that has many meaning to different peoples. However, the essence of historic and traditional freedom is always consistent with the way the individual is treated by the government that claims jurisdiction over their citizenship. Today, being a legal citizen matter little in a society that refuses to defend its borders and opens the floodgates to aliens who have as much in common with descendants of the original thirteen colonies as a transplant from a different galaxy.
Freedom shares the same definition as obscenity. When Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart stated, "I know it when I see it", he inadvertently provided a clue on how to view freedom. Sadly, society pushes the former, while extinguishing the latter. Look no further than to the Gallop Poll, Americans Less Satisfied With Freedom.
"Fewer Americans are satisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives compared with seven years ago -- dropping 12 percentage points from 91% in 2006 to 79% in 2013. In that same period, the percentage of Americans dissatisfied with the freedom to choose what they do with their lives more than doubled, from 9% to 21%."
Definitive assessments as to the nature of a national issue, seldom reached by taking a sample of public sentiment, can be valuable as a gauge of trends and direction of attitudes. Expressing doubt regarding prospects for a better future is significant. If the chances for upward mobility are bleak, the unwashed masses will do little to clean up the social, political and economic system and demand that the country returns to an opportunity society.
The courageous publisher of The American Dream, Michael Snyder, always reliable for insightful information and inferences, makes important points in the article, "79 Percent Of Americans Are Completely Okay With The Current Level Of Tyranny."
"If most people believe that everything is 'just fine,' then our leaders are going to feel free to keep doing the same things that they have been doing.
"That is why it is so frustrating that so many American 'sheeple' appear to be so apathetic about the loss of our freedoms and our liberties."
Remember that Mr. Snyder uses the same Gallop Poll in his essay. By stating that "The good news is that Gallup has asked this question many times before, and over the years the percentage of Americans that are satisfied with the level of freedom in this country has been going down", may seems to give hope that Americans are starting to wake up.
Nonetheless, the accurate brilliance from his appraisal comes from the negative reality, "The bad news is that most of the country still appears to be deeply asleep. Our liberties and freedoms are eroding with each passing day, and most Americans simply do not care."
Read the entire list in his column and judge for yourself. How you react to the litany of lost freedoms tells more about you than any poll will ever say about the current attitudes. The glass half full has become a mug with a broken bottom.
Cut to the end game and watch the short video, The NDAA Explained in 3 Minutes. Here is the challenge for any person who claims to calls themselves an American. If you can live with the tyrannical destruction of individual legal protections, encapsulated within the NDAA draconian despotism, respond with your argument and justification. BATR will publish your defense of the police state, as written.
Our position is clear and emphatic. Maintaining the façade of government legitimacy in the face of brutal and systemic destruction of individual rights is untenable in any country that claims freedom is alive and administered fairly.
Lest we forget, Liberty is a far greater and nobler foundation for government than mere arbitrary lack of restrictions.
Yet the establishment half-truths from that same Gallop Poll would have you believe:
"The decline in perceived freedom among Americans could be attributed to the US economy. Many Americans continue to lack confidence in the economy and see it as one of the biggest problems facing the country. On the other hand, there are signs that Americans' attitudes toward the economy are improving. Compared with the days after the economic recession, Americans are feeling better about the national economy, spending habits in the US have nearly recovered, and US self-reported job creation has rebounded, if not improved."
Obviously, the man on the street does not need to hear that the economy is drowning. Review the business articles on Negotium and Corporatocracy for case studies on the numerous assaults upon genuine free enterprise, from crony capitalism and collectivist statism.
More closely to the truth, Gallop continues:
"Among Americans, perceptions of widespread corruption in their government have been generally increasing over the past seven years.
Perceived widespread corruption in the US government could be on the rise for several reasons, including the significant media attention on issues such as the IRS targeting of conservative groups and the National Security Agency leaks. Americans not only feel that the US government is performing poorly, as demonstrated by record-low congressional approval ratings, but they also report that the US government itself is one of the biggest problem facing the country today."
Such loss in freedom is self-evident, under corrupt bipartisan administrations for decades, which has become the rule. Still, the public has not achieved a critical mass of outrage and while dissatisfaction is growing, rebellion now characterized as an act of terror, is not an option for most lethargic vassals. The apathy of contaminated water comes from a much deeper cause than just fluoridated additives.
The responsibility of civic duty does not mean blind obedience, especially when Bill of Right guarantees are routinely swept away. Often the popular culture treats civil liberties as the sole dimension of the left. This treatment ignores the actual foundation for individual freedom that is rooted in Conservative Civil Liberties.
"The essence of conservative civil liberties links the relationship that all natural rights are bestowed with the ability for moral conduct by way of an orderly system that protects the exercise of individual rights.
All the confusion about authentic conservatism and the misleading emphasis that civil liberties are the bailiwick of Progressives, ignore the intellectual underpinnings of the traditional defenders of our heritage."
It is because governments on every level of jurisdiction, ignore or worse yet, conspire to eradicate the common law that our once proud nation has sunk into the cesspool of authoritarianism.
Another vocal voice for freedom, the Washingtons Blog, provides a valuable resource on information in analyzing the Bill of Rights, Americans Have Lost Virtually All of Our Constitutional Rights. Take the time to examine the long record of betrayal. So why do the vast majority accept the loss of freedom?
Simply put, most Americans are cowards. Yes, the majority prove they are stupid by choice, but how do you explain when someone understands the depraved application of illicit authority and does nothing to resist? Fear of reprisals is an incomplete answer for those who want to find an easy way out of confronting the lack of self-respect in the hearts and souls of anyone who just sits back and watches the uninterrupted march into oblivion.
If you listen to the idiocy form Progressive John McCain that, "please remember there's nothing nobler than serving a cause greater than your own self-interest", you are a sucker for the pious and sanctimonious preaching of a Statist worshiper.
The correct viewpoint against the supremacy of the state, cited by Edward H. Crane in the essay, The Fallacy of a Cause Greater than Yourself, explains the distinction – "it is all about is the radical phrase, "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness." It is to secure these rights that proper governments are instituted." Are you ready for the truth? Just read the Varying Verity topic on Freedom.
"Freedom requires individual action. Government can never be tamed without continuous confrontation. The State never raises the level of freedom for they are in the business of maintaining control. People create freedom when they defy the seducement of the charlatan, posing as a public benefactor. Civic institutions project the illusion of security and stability, for the mere price of surrendering personal freedom."
Most people cannot handle the truth, so they capitulate to the conventional acceptance that government needs to define freedom. Lost in the tyranny of the majority is relevance of the Mahatma Gandhi truism, "Even if you are a minority of one, the truth is still the truth." There lies America's contentment with their loss of freedom.
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