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Thoughts from an American Cicero: The Truth about Freedom in America and the Death of the Republic

"Thoughts from an American Cicero: The Truth About Freedom in America and the Death of the Republic."

Essential Question:

How much freedom would you need to lose before you are no longer technically free?

Answer: Any!

The whole debate over whether Republicans or Democrats have led this nation astray is futile, because they both have. We will never maintain America's unique quality- self-government- until ---------WE THE PEOPLE--- seek out our own opinions and stop allowing ourselves to be misguided and lied to by the political elite I refer to as... Republicrats.

Sure, they might argue over some frivolities of policy... and then the news media will distract us with stories about $400 haircuts while congress passes another Patriot Act aka "Repeal the 4th Amendment Act".

Here are a few things both Rep. and Dep. party platforms have in common. Both Republicans and Democrats want to: keep printing money out of thin air, write laws that are unconstitutional, fight endless wars, tax Americans to pay off corporate and foreign interests... the list goes on and on... and will continue as long as the American people accept the Idea that government can solve all our problems. 40,000 laws were written last year! And most of them were written by and sponsored by corporate lawyers and their lobbyists all to keep the cycle of national demise and elitist enrichment going.

Essentially Rep.s and Dem.s want to use the Federal government to chain down individual liberty instead of fulfilling its intended purpose; protecting individual liberty.

At this rate the federal Government wants the power to tell every American, and eventually [once the empire is complete--- we're getting close with over 1000 bases in 130 countries] every nation and every individual around the world what is right, what is wrong, and how to run our lives.

Its called: authoritarianism... aka tyranny and its been around a LOT LONGER than freedom and self-government. Although some Americans, albiet not history buffs, act like following the Constitution and restoring civil liberties is archaic or backwards. But... we'll reap what we sow right?

If we sow the seeds of tyranny by voting away our liberties we'll reap the scraps of the fruits of tyranny that the tyrants throw to us.
If we sow the seeds of liberty, we'll reap the fruits of our labor and keep what we earn.

Its also the same with violent coercion (which is the only way a government enforces its laws.. through lethal force or the threat thereof):

If governments violently repress dissent... dissent will likely to grow.

If we bomb and kill people in "third world" countries, they will likely hate and want bomb us in return.

So I ask you to ask yourselves:

Are we really so scared of our true potential in a free society that Americans no longer believe in a government of the people, by the people and for the people?

It seems that Americans increasingly prefer to be a people of the government, by the government and for the government. Sorry President Lincoln, if the Republicrats have their way, the government of the people, by the people and for the people will perish from this earth.

The Declaration of Independence called for and the Constitution defends our right to self-government.... and my generation will restore freedom in America or at very least keep the idea of freedom alive. If we don't...why live here?

As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once eloquently noted "I know that justice is indivisible. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere"

Yet the truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end there it is... as it always was... unblemished by lies. Unfortunately for those of us insisting on hearing and proclaiming the truth about the public affairs of the United States, "Truth is treason in the empire of lies." -Ron Paul

Similarly one of the other constants, like truth, has been the essential element of human nature since time immemorial: HOPE. As Alexander Hamilton once said "There is a certain enthusiasm in liberty, that makes human nature rise above itself, in acts of bravery and heroism." With hope, and with the principle of freedom, I know change is as unstoppable as truth is incontrovertible. And it is out of this hope for a better tomorrow that I know the truth: that we have it in our power to make the world over.

But we have this power only through peace. Just as we have the capacity to change our communities, we can change the world if we serve as the example of successful, responsible, moral, and principled people. If we lead by example others will emulate us and follow us down the path of empowerment to choose the course of their own destiny. Who wouldn't? It is clear that we cannot hope to build a peaceful tomorrow by using violent coercion today. So I implore anyone who reads this.... stand up for freedom, stand up for truth, stand up for justice, and stand up for peace.

It’s funny so many Americans gawk at the proposition of having the freedom to make your own decisions and exercise your rights as protected in the Constitution—which is essentially what Congressmen Paul has always proposed.

I don’t quite understand the logic:

Let me get this right: People shouldn't lead their own lives and make their own decisions or OWN the consequences of their good or bad decisions themselves? I guess if I mess up, someone else should take the fall or fit the bill...we should share all responsibility, that way no one’s ever wholly accountable.
Seems to me that there's hardly any incentive to THINK before we act or make decisions under that kind of system, not when the government will bail us out.

And yet we laugh and mock an honest man who defends civil liberties, and declare him unelectable off the premise that he wants to stick to the Constitution?? We can’t profess to be Americans and love America without safeguarding the principles and legal traditions that made this free society great! I’m not laughing… it’s all deplorably sad and troubling to me.

It’s sad Americans today are so afraid of freedom, that they're so uncertain of their own potential in a free society, that they believe individuals need government to run their lives, and not simply protect them.

It’s sad we’ve come to rely on others, a small minority of political elite, to think for us and help feed us mis-information, instead of obtaining it for ourselves through a truly free press, which we barely have anymore.

It’s sad we've reduced the practice of democracy in this country to a season instead of a lifestyle, just so we can feel comfortable to blindly cast a straight party line vote when the season comes around. It’s really not democracy, but political elitism driving the wheels of government. We cast off the rule of an aristocracy based on birth, and now we have an aristocracy based, not on individual merit and hard work, but on political privilege, secrecy and corruption.

It’s sad that the sacrifices of so many Americans, who fought and died for our freedoms for more than two centuries, should have done so, perhaps in vain, for a nation that shy's away from the very individual freedoms they fought and died to establish and preserve.

It’s sad the generation of 1776 founded a nation conceived in liberty, when we are so willing to gradually vote that liberty away (since the Progressive era and Woodrow Wilson, a different kind of Dr.).

It’s sad we have gradually traded a government by the people and for the people, in exchange for the “opportunity” to become a people by the government and for the government!!

It’s sad Americans laugh at an honest politician who champions the Constitution and defends civil liberties.

As for me I’m not laughing at Dr. Paul or his message of freedom, but I weep for those that do.