If the government can take your private property, are you free?
If the government can dictate to you what you can and can’t eat, are you free?
If government agents can come into your public school and examine & replace your child’s lunch, are you free?
If your health care is in the control of the government and they can dictate your medical choices, are you free?
If you are a working tax payer, you pay for the entitlements of one fifth of the nation. Are you free?
If law enforcement can’t ask for a Hispanic person’s driver’s license because it could be considered discriminatory, are you free?
If your votes are rendered meaningless through sudden redistricting, are you free?
If energy is controlled by the government, are you free?
If “right wing extremism” can be defined by Homeland Security but Muslim extremism cannot, are we free?
If opposition to abortion can be considered extremist, are you free?
If you can’t teach your children what you think is right without fear of imprisonment, are you free?
If teachers are being paid but our children are 70th in the world in reading, 95th in science, are our children going to grow up to be free?
If the government can force your child to learn about sex starting at age 5, are you free?
If someone can strip search you every time you want to travel by air, are you free?
When elected officials don’t have to abide by the laws of the land but you do, are you free?
If you can’t oppose a government policy without being ridiculed and called racist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, are you free?
If the military can arrest and imprison you indefinitely for any reason without a trial, ARE YOU FREE?
And what is at stake if you’re not free?
What is at stake if you can’t teach your children what you think is right?
What is at stake if our children can’t read?
What is at stake if they can take your property?
What is at stake if we can’t practice our religion freely?
What is at stake if you can’t rely on the rule of law?
What is at stake if we can’t voice our ideas on government?
What is at stake if we can’t name the greatest violence that threatens our freedom and peace?
Our property can be taken for any “public purpose.” We cannot criticize the government. We can now be jailed indefinitely for any reason by the military. We are not allowed to call terrorists, terrorists. The government and the criminals will always be armed. The cops won’t be there until after the fact and they’ll be trying to avoid litigation.
Who protects your home from being seized?
Who protects you from the next Nadal Hassan?
Who protects your polling places from thugs with batons?
Just when we need strong men to fight thugs like these our men have been so emasculated that there’s practically no one left to protect the weak and defenseless. If they dare to fight they are cut down in an instant over a little pee, the weak and defenseless left to fend for themselves.
What do you have that’s worth protecting? What do you want for your children?