posted on Jan, 1 2004 @ 03:58 PM
I saw this essay on What Really Happened. It is nameless. Mike Rivero might have written it. Regardless of who the author is, and regardless of what
one thinks of that site, the content of the essay is dead on. No one can dispute the truth it contains. It's a powerful indictment of the state of
our nation. It presents the view that we are at the end of the road regarding our constitutionally-protected personal freedoms and that if we don't
adjust course immediately, America will sink as fast and unexpectedly as the titanic did. I completely agree. As dire as the warning is, until the
darkness falls, there is always hope. Hope that we as a nation might wake from our slumber and take back this country from those who would destroy
You are a slave.
I know that’s not what you want to hear as you hoist your New Year’s champagne, but it is the unpleasant truth that we all face going into 2004.
Movies and public school like to portray slaves as bound by chains and beaten with whips, creating a polarized image of slavery that can be pointed
to with the comment, “You are not like that, therefore you are not a slave.” But history shows that slaves have been treated in all manner of ways,
some more cruel than others, yet even with the most kind treatment, a slave remains a slave.
Setting aside the stereotyped image of a slave as a bleeding chain-bound wretch, slaves throughout history are often hard to recognize. In some
cases, such as the Medieval Serfs, they were held slaves to the rulers by religious belief, and did not see themselves as slaves even though they were
treated as such. The favored slaves of Asian potentates wore jewels to make a movie star gasp, yet were still slaves for all their finery and
So, what is a slave? How do we define a slave? What test do we use to tell if someone is a slave. What makes them different from free people?
Free people can say “no”. Free people can refuse demands for their money, time, and children. Slaves cannot. There is no freedom without the freedom
to say “no”. If someone demands that you do something and you can say “no” and refuse to do it, then you are a free human being. If you can be
forced to do something or surrender something that you do not wish to, then you are a slave. No other test need be applied.