posted on Oct, 16 2012 @ 11:45 AM
We have a problem in America. And it's a real problem -- not one of those cooked-up-for-the-news-cycle problems like Libya or Iran. It's an
existential threat to our way of life in a much, much bigger way than Al Qaeda ever could be. It's more insidious than Fascism, and more
subtle than Socialism. It's a combination of all the worst possible outcomes for our Nation and it's breeding like a wildfire through a dried out
forest. This evil seeks out our children and corrupts them. It targets grown men and women who stand up against it and tears them down. It comforts us
with lies broadcast to tens of millions. It has gained a permanent foothold in our schools, in our churches, and in our sports. It has crept up like a
thief in the night and even now, with the dagger in our backs, we don't even realize we have been attacked. As our nation's blood runs down to the
gutter we will soon occupy ourselves, we go on as if nothing is wrong -- maybe a little tired, maybe a little irritable -- but unaware.
What is this creeping menace? Is it the Government? No. Is it guns? No. Is it drugs? China? The "economy"? No. Corporations? The Military Industrial
Complex? No. It is none of these, because all of those problems have one thing in common not shared with this present and invisible threat: Those
problems all have solutions. The problem I'm talking about is without resolution, and it stalks us day and night just biding its time,
knowing that we are powerless to defend ourselves against it.
The truth is as simple as it is horrific: Americans have ceased to believe in America. It is we who are the worst enemies of this Republic. We
have contracted a full-blown case of national auto-immune disorder, and soon there will be no time left to find a cure. We are on our last legs as a
free Republic, and I'll give you a few concrete examples why this is true.
Liberty. This word is repeated so often that we are almost completely desensitized to it. When we think of "liberty," what do we imagine?
Flags. Parades. Wars of defense. National heroes. Acts of valor. Uniforms. I tell you that these things are not Liberty, clothed in the
vestiges of freedom though they may be. Liberty is something else entirely. It is the right to live your life as you wish -- free from hindrance and
obstruction by anyone, including your own Government. But liberty also means the good sense to stay out of other people's way,
too. It means fighting to the death to defend a man's or woman's right to do something you detest, on principle.
You cannot know the meaning of Liberty until you have chosen to defend the Liberty of someone you hate. You cannot be both a Freedom-Fighter
and a Freedom-Denier. You cannot blow the trumpet of Freedom while inhaling the poisonous fumes of hatred and fear. You cannot claim to love
your rights while you clamor for the end of the rights to anyone who challenges your views and beliefs.
And you cannot claim that you have fought to defend Liberty, or that our soldiers have fought to defend Liberty, when you are unwilling to afford
Liberty even to those who contradict this claim.
Privacy. Your life is your own. What you do is your business. This is supposed to be a revered and self-evident truth for Americans. We have a
right to privacy; to the reasonable expectation that no one can stick their nose into our business. And, yet, even as we send tens of thousands of
soldiers overseas -- ostensibly to defend our "Rights" -- we are losing our rights faster every day here at home! We no longer have the right to
communicate with our friends and relatives without some Government snoop listening in. We no longer have the right to freely associate with whom we
choose, or to post what we like to whomever we please on the Internet, without falling into some watch list. We do not have the right to peacefully
assemble, wherever and whenever we please, to air our grievances. We no longer have the right to come and go into and out of the country -- or even to
travel a highway near the border -- without inspections and checkpoints.
These rights we have given up in the name of Security are the same rights our fathers fought and died to secure and defend in generations past.
But we are content with Reality TV and pop music; we are happy to sell out our nation's heritage for the bold-faced lie of "Security." We
have no privacy -- what is ours is theirs, and what is theirs is secret. Our money, our lives, our very identities are merely variables in a
program and we are counted as statistics.
Civility. No nation can last long with every Citizen at some other Citizen's throat. "A house divided against itself cannot stand," Lincoln
said. Well, we may not be in the violent throes of a second Civil War today by military standards, but by civil standards we are hardly far from it!
Our nation was built on the assumption that people may reasonably disagree on the issues, but can nonetheless count each other as brothers and sisters
in this Republic. But today, that is no longer true. A disagreement about healthcare, taxes, or the military inevitably leads to accusations of
treason, and demands for someone to "Love it or Leave it." And what higher form of love can one have for his country than the desire to perfect
Americans no longer believe in the America that our founders created. We do not want a nation that minds its own business; we do not
want a government that knows its place; we do not want to be civil to one another. We do not WANT to be FREE. And so, the
government gives us what we do want, because that is what it was designed to do.
Have a pleasant 21st Century, America.