Please help edit my college essay! Its on the loss of liberty in the USA!Submitted by jake.derman on Fri, 09/14/2012 - 01:49
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The flame was ignited, bright red in color, the more than 200 year old document’s fumes stank of ages of dust. Embers started to fall aimlessly, dying on the way to the cold floor. It was finished, the Constitution had be incinerated. Thankfully, this never happened, however metaphorically it has begun. The initial spark to destroy the principles of our Constitution has been ignited in Washington, and it seems as if there is no more water. Over the past year I was awakened to our sadly decreasing freedoms and the growing overbearingness of our Federal Government; by Representative Ron Paul in the Republican Presidential Primary debates. This forever opened my eyes to the depth of this problem and its potential void in my life, if not solved.
In my opinion, the Federal Government started to slowly yet effortlessly tear at the Constitution that it was bounded by in 1913, when the sixteenth amendment was passed. The sixteenth amendment reads “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several states, and without regard to any census or enumeration.” The amendment, which was passed in 1913 took a swipe at one of the most founding principles, which was “no taxation without representation.” The second noteworthy restrictive legislation came in form of the Sedition and Espionage Acts of 1917 and 1918. These acts, passed during World War One heavily restricted freedom of speech, in the name of silencing dissidents to further the war effort. Recently, the Federal Government's regulation has increased rapidly, since 9/11, the Patriot Act, the National Defense Authorization Act, and the Aviation and Transportation Security Act have all been passed in the name of ramping up defense. In our actuality, these pieces of legislation have restricted our Constitutional freedoms without actually making us any safer than 9/11, considering yesterday an Ambassador of ours was killed in Libya; the first time an ambassador of ours was killed since 1979.
The importance of this national issue to me runs deep, as a Libertarian and Constitutionalist I feel as if the reason our nation as strived for so long is because of our founding principles. If our elected officials continue to close their eyes and turn their backs on the Constitution, our country has a serious chance of painfully collapsing underneath itself. Obviously, as a lifelong American Citizen I would never want to live to see the fateful day that occurs. However, if the elected representatives of a nation are bounded by rules which were created by geniuses centuries before, and those elected officials start legislating disdainfully towards the rules; the situation would be dire. Sadly, this is our status quo, and a national affair that deserves more attention.
The burning Constitution lit up the entire, demanding the attention of everyone who stood by, the document would of been burned to pieces if it wasn’t for a brave individual who fought his way into Washington and put out the flame. Unfortunately, that individual is unknown and has most definitely not reached Washington.