By DOUG PATTON
"A nation of sheep will beget a government of wolves."
- Edward R. Murrow
Benjamin Franklin warned that a people preferring security over liberty deserves neither. In the aftermath of each attack upon our nation, we have seen this maxim play out with growing restrictions on our God-given constitutional freedoms.
There was the USA Patriot Act, passed in the wake of 9/11, followed by the creation of a massive bureaucratic agency known as the Department of Homeland Security. Personally, I have never felt uncomfortable with that word — homeland — which I found to be reminiscent of "motherland" or "fatherland," terms too often utilized by tyrants who wish to stir their people to fanatical nationalism without regard to personal liberty. We have submitted to indignities at airports, surveillance of our movements in public places, and intrusions into our private lives that would never have been tolerated by previous generations.
With each mass shooting, the clamor for more gun control has become louder. For those who have not yet given up on the folly of revoking the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, with President Barack Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg leading the parade, the murder of 20 innocent first-graders at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, afforded them the perfect opportunity to further their agenda.
Obama was angry when the U.S. Senate did not pass universal background checks, the last meaningful amendment to his gun control bill. He claims that 90 percent of Americans support such legislation. He also observed that 90 percent of Democrats voted for it, while 90 percent of Republicans opposed it, implying that GOP senators somehow caused the bill's demise. With Obama's party in control of the Senate, 100 percent of Republicans are incapable of stopping anything if Democrats want it passed.
With the terrorist bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the drumbeat for tighter restrictions on American liberties continues unabated. Bloomberg, who thinks everything we do is his business — to criticize and to regulate — told a radio audience: "I would argue that if you want to sell your gun to your son, maybe you have a problem in your family."
Excuse me? This is the mentality of a despot.
Those who would steal our freedoms would first steal our reality, or at least distort it. This nation of sheep is indeed begetting a government of wolves, and as a result we are all witnessing the death of liberty.For the complete article see the 04-26-2013 issue.
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