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The Light of Liberty

Date: 01 November, 2001

By: Chief

Imaget is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, peace, peace — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! — I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death." (Mr. Patrick Henry)

The great Patrick Henry, as you can read, did not say 'give me security, I shall forsake liberty or give me death.' Not even close. Yet there are people today, quite a few of them in fact, who are outright willing to forsake liberty in exchange for security.

Indeed, this is not a new idea. It is an idea which has been gaining popularity since the mid 1960's, when then President Johnson unveiled his domestic program dubbed the "great society." Handouts. Medicare. Welfare. This was followed by President Carter taking over the education of the country. He formed the Department of Education and as we all know so well our children have not read, written or performed math as well since the federal takeover. Such is government.

The issue, though, of those two examples is the lulling of citizens into a false sense of security. Don't worry, the government will take care of it. What is the government for anyway? They are supposed to take care of me. Not on your life.

You see, over the past 40 years, We the People have been selling our liberty for the unbelievable low price of (1) a false sense of security and (2) possibly an extremely small stipend from the government. While it is a great deal for the government, we citizens have taken it in the shorts. The real tragedy here is the majority of We the People are enjoying it. Please government, protect me ... I'll give you anything you want ... I'll do anything you say. In a fairly recent poll conducted subsequent to the kamakazi attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, some 68 percent of those polled were more than willing to forsake their liberty in exchange for security. We have become prostitutes bartering away our liberty for something that is an intangible. For something that can not be. How disgusting.

Liberty involves risk. Risk can be scary. But I ask you now, would you rather entertain a life of liberty and its inherent risks than to be told what you can do? Where you can live. How many children you may have. Being stripped of your dignity and your possessions, possibly your clothing at an airport or government building. The loss of your rights — all for the sake of "security." Revolting.

There is talk, being pushed by the second wealthiest man on the planet, Larry Ellison, President and CEO of Oracle Corporation, of instituting a national ID card. Ellison says it's a great idea and he is willing to provide, gratis, the software to run such a system. "Privacy is an illusion" says Ellison. Well, the Ninth Amendment is not an illusion. Not in the least. Though Ellison's idea does bring to mind the "your papers please" days of the Third Reich does it not? Is that what We the People truly want? Did we not fight a war against such evil? Yet now we are willing to embrace it. Such folly.

No government can provide us with security. Only we, as individual citizens can do that. We do that by strength of mind and back. We do that by not accepting government handouts. We do that by refusing to let government intrude into our lives. We do that be being armed and willing to use those arms to defend ourselves, our children, our property and most important of all — our liberty.

I submit to you that without liberty, though physically alive, we are in fact, dead. Are we a free people or are we enslaved 'sheeple'.

"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chain be set lightly upon you and may posterity forget ye were our countrymen." (Mr. Samuel Adams)

[Ed. note: This story has been updated.]

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