No matter where you stand on the political “aisle” of life, be it Republican, Democrat, or Independent the current bill that was just recently passed by Congress is an absolute disgrace. Â In fact, let us start on the right frame work from which to view this abomination. Â Instead of pigeon holing ourselves into a nice category like conservative, republican, etc. how about we try a new name for our collective selves. Â Guess what that name is?
With that common understanding now well established let’s proceed. Â The disgraceful part of the current bill is that is throws out the common themes and ideals that have identified us as the greatest nation on Earth for the better part of two centuries.
Ideals and values such as freedom of choice, hard work, honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work, entrepreneurship, and oh by the way did I say freedom & liberty? If not let me say it again…. FREEDOM…LIBERTY. Â You see in today’s mass media market values like FREEDOM & LIBERTY have been watered down and commoditized. Â Some how these words are now just part of the common toolkit of career politicians and political hacks, used to fight battles of popularity and power.
It seems that somehow overtime our country’s collective memory of how hard won our individual liberties and freedoms were have been forgotten. Â Let’s face it getting the rights we have today and the lifestyle we enjoy was not a god-given right. Â It was, and is, a gift that requires us to be vigilant and protect this wonderful thing we have been given. Â I believe in America we have forgotten that liberty and security are two very different ideals. Â The vote that was passed in Congress is a vote that by and large passed using persuasive arguments that appealed to constituents “security” side. Â I like to be secure as well but not at the expense of my liberty. Â To put this in extremely basic terms I’ve created a simple analogy: (see below)
You move in with your parents as a 35 year old adult after suffering a job loss, etc. Â Your parents provide you “security” – roof over your head, food, transportation, comfort, conversation, etc. Â However, it comes with a price. Â You see your Mom is a strict Southern Baptist and doesn’t agree with your late night carousing, drinking, video game playing, farting, texting on your cell phone and she vehemently disagrees with this whole thing she calls the “world wide web”. Â So guess what she does? That’s right, she restricts you. Â Mom and Dad agree that you can no longer go out past 6pm, you can only drink Schwepps Ginger Ale (on special occasions you can have O’Doul’s), the only games you can play are checkers (good news is your Mom has a friend named Hilda that rocks at checkers), gaseous substance releases have to be done outside and last but not least she confiscates your laptop calling it the “gateway to hell”.
And there you have it folks. Â You’ve achieved your security and in the process you have traded your liberty. Â Sucks doesn’t it?
Make no mistake about it. Â This is the path we are on. Â You see, we can’t have it both ways. Â I hope that sooner, rather than later, we as Americans understand the differences and the tradeoffs that are involved.
Thomas Jefferson nailed it a very long time ago when he said the following:
â€œHe who tradesÂ liberty forÂ security deserves neither and will lose both.â€
On this Veteran’s Day let us not only honor those great men and women who have honorably served but also be reminded that their sacrifices were to guard the liberty and freedom of choice that we have today.