It was never supposed to be this waySubmitted by mister_harris@h... on Thu, 07/11/2013 - 02:00
Something troubles me more than anything about our liberties and our leaders. The trouble is that the leaders that make their way to the top of the hill do not see things through the eyes of people like Ron Paul and those who share his ideals. The leaders that we have today just seem to want more and more control over society whereas Dr. Paul sees thing through the lens of a constitutional mindset, where freedom lies. Other leaders just seem to continuously make life difficult for those they tend not to agree with.
The war on drugs, for instance, has created in our society a prison industrial complex in addition to the myriad of other complexes we seem to endure. It has eroded private freedom while empowering and employing more monsters in society. Those monsters lay waste to our lives and become more and more intrusive. They have created a system where everyone must creep in the shadows rather than being open and honest. There should not really exist any taboos of any kind in this country. Freedom of expression without reprisal from the recipient is part of our law. Why should we not be open and honest about the personal decisions that we make? Why should we not have open debate about pursuits of interest regardless of their nature? It is taboo that is killing us.
As our laws grow ever more extensive we can find our lives becoming more and more kept secret; and yet this is exactly the kind of behavior that will keep us on this path. We must not creep back away from expression and diverse personal behaviors. We should stay open and honest about things at all times so that we can mend and grow together. There is no sense at all in giving in to a system that wants to revert to more oppressive times. This system does not even base its policies on facts in the drug war. Oppressing people who use the most valuable plant on Earth is an absurdity. Oppressing people who wear a different skin color is absurd. The same can be said for almost any kind of oppression waged by authoritarians. Oppressors want nothing more than more control. They do not feel the organic flow that is life. Or perhaps I am wrong.
Whatever the case may be our system is starving itself to death in an effort to prop up all of these wars and prohibitions. Millions of families, whether irresponsible or not, are on the streets while we send drug users to prison. Capital investment is shrinking while we send kids to kill other kids in a far off land. And despite all of this the oppressors are not even academically correct in their assumptions on how we should engage in daily activities. Our lives are not for them to run so there really should never be anything to hide. Taboo is a manifestation of the fear of reprisal. In it our society endures the process of closing. But to counter this attitude with openness is to live in the solution rather than in the problem. Then the only problem is to make sure that no one has the power to punish other people for some differences in lifestyle. This way we can exercise freely what we wish and learn once again how to prosper.