The following is my opinion as a member participating in this discussion.The High Price Of Freedom
Originally posted by neo96
Yes they will, but I do have problems with that "get out of jail free card" the government is totally unaccountable.
The government is only unaccountable if we the people don't hold them accountable. Our government will answer to us only as long as we question it,
and not a moment longer.
Unfortunately, doing that takes time, interest, information, communication, cooperation, getting off one's ass and, more often than not, involves
money in various forms. As the saying goes, "freedom isn't free".
Frankly, the system of government we have under the Constitution, though elegant in principle, isn't pretty in practice, and it has never been. One
need only refer back to the many writings attending the circumstances under which the Constitution was adopted to see that. It's surprisingly
well-documented in a variety of forms.
I'm not talking about the lofty "sound bites" people like to throw around, but the gritty details. The early years of our Republic were loaded with
all sorts of scandals and skulduggery, and it went downhill from there.
The hard truth about our situation here in The Land Of The Free And The Home Of The Brave is that it has always been a damn mess, a pile of lies,
hypocrisy, delusions, corruption and just about every crime imaginable committed in the name of "freedom".
And still, gazing over it all as I am wont to do, I haven't seen anything better, real or imagined. To be sure, there are alternatives, and some --
such as the more common parliamentary forms in use in many nations -- may be better. Yet those forms are also rife with corruption, abuse, and
oftentimes bald, unapologetic tyranny.
But getting back to the U.S., the grand irony of what so many self-described "Constitutionalists" profess is that it more often than not amounts to
opposition to the Constitution itself, just indirectly expressed.
Love it or hate it, the government we have today is what the Constitution has given us. It can be changed, but the willingness of so many "patriots"
to forgo the ballet box in favor of the bullet box is nothing more nor less than a de facto rejection of the Constitution.
Following up on that (as opposed to impotently griping about it in the traditional fashion) by actually waging war against the United States would,
ironically enough, be actual treason.
If that's the idea, then let's at least be honest about it, rather than fruitlessly attempt to bury the truth under a pile of hollow and
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