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Tangible Freedom - Not words on a piece of paper

I thought to do something different today. I thought instead of writing up blurbs from news sources or referencing research articles that I read. I thought instead that I would take a moment to discuss the reason I it all matters to me. AND why it should matter to you.

My work for the last couple of years has been to better understand how America and our culture began as a constitutional republic. And what course of events changed the face of it to be on a direct collision course with a scene out of 1984.

I like most, appreciate the comforts of the everyday routine, the security of the familiar, and the tranquility of the continuing the status quo. I enjoy them as much as anyone. But where once you had the freedom to object, to think and to speak as you saw fit, you now have censors, systems of surveillance, and control coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission.

There is many talk of FEMA camps or martial law. And what most don't seem to realize is that they are already here. The american prison system is the largest in the world. With forced slave labor and 2 million inmates it represents the epitome of a FEMA camp. Martial law is not necessary when you have militarized police with commando military swat to prey on anyone who gets out of line. From what I can see 1984 isnt coming its already here.

While there are still remnants of this once great experiment in freedom, and self governance, it has morphed into something our founding fathers would be appalled at. I could sit here and describe or prove the ever evolving military driven police state, the dissident oppressing surveillance grid, or the illegal wars of aggression that are being fought in our name, and there are those who would listen to this with an open mind and an empty cup, and there are others who no matter how much proof there is still would continue to turn a blind eye. For ignorance in time of peril is certainly bliss. And after all why should they be the one to speak up?

To understand the why we must understand the "what" and the what is 'freedom'. Not for my freedom, not your freedom but my children's freedom, and our children's children freedom. The what describes the why. Not freedom we read about, or preach to, or think we have, or even freedom written on old parchment. But tangible freedom.

Tangible is not just a concept, idea or a theory that American's can rally behind once a year on the 4th of July. its the reality with on the ground practical implementations. And true force to back it up. The REAL Freedom to speak, The REAL freedom to act, and the REAL freedom to think, to choose your own destiny and be left alone if you choose to.

There comes a time when all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. A time when silence is betrayal. My soul tells me that the hour has come that the people first by knowing, and then by individual research will come to realize that the course we are on as a nation and as a people is one of absolute despotism.

To me the forwarded words carry a profound meaning. As they should for most of us:

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness."

These words no matter how old or dated they may be. Are as applicable today as ever. And from these words we have an understanding that rights are not granted by governments, not implemented by political parties, and are not vanquished upon leaving any specific country. And yet still we have created torture apparatuses outside of the United States, denied terror suspects basic human rights, and turned our surveillance infrastructure inwards on the American people under the guise that we are to be made more secure.

"Any man who would give any essential liberty for security deserves neither" -- Ben Franklin

It is to these ends that we have created the very beast that the founding fathers fought bled and died to defeat. And from the ashes of a once fragile test in democracy we have built a country that wages illegal wars, profits from the suffering of others and has bled its own citizens into absolute poverty.

I leave it to you to decide the next course of action. Awakening people and telling the story will only carry us to a certain extent and will only enlighten minds for a period of time. What our founding fathers knew was that to keep freedom there always comes a time to make a choice.