The land of the formerly free 9

There may be something to the claim that all people want to be free. But it is a demonstrable fact that freedom has been under attack, usually successfully, for thousands of years.

So Thomas Sowell writes in a column titled Freedom Is Not Free. He argues that the thuggish Obama regime is implementing a totalitarian agenda. The evidence that individuals are being hounded by government agencies is enormous and mounting. He mentions a few examples.

The Federal Communications Commission’s recent plan to have a “study” of how editorial decisions are made in the media, placing FCC bureaucrats in editorial offices across the country, was one of the boldest assaults on freedom of the press. Fortunately, there was enough backlash to force the FCC to back off.

With all the sweeping powers available to government, displeasing FCC bureaucrats in editorial offices could have brought on armies of “safety” inspectors from OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration], audits from the Internal Revenue Service and many other harassments from many other government agencies.

Such tactics have become especially common in this administration, which has the morals of thugs and the agenda of totalitarians. They may not be consciously aiming at creating a totalitarian state, but shameless use of government power to crush those who get in their way can produce totalitarian end results.

Too kind. We see clear evidence that Obama and his henchmen (and henchwomen) are consciously aiming at totalitarian power.

The prosecution of Dinesh D’Souza for contributing $20,000 to a political candidate, supposedly in violation of the many campaign finance laws, is a classic case of selective prosecution.

Thugs who stationed themselves outside a polling place in Philadelphia to intimidate white voters were given a pass, and others accused of campaign finance violations were charged with misdemeanors, but Dinesh D’Souza has been charged with felonies that carry penalties of years in federal prison.

All of this is over a campaign contribution that is chicken feed, compared to what can be raised inside of an hour at a political fundraising breakfast or lunch.

Could this singling out of D’Souza for prosecution have something to do with the fact that he made a documentary movie with devastating exposures of Barack Obama’s ideologies and policies? That movie, incidentally, is titled “2016: Obama’s America,” and every American should get a copy of it on a DVD. …

It doesn’t matter what rights you have under the Constitution of the United States, if the government can punish you for exercising those rights. And it doesn’t matter what limits the Constitution puts on government officials’ power, if they can exceed those limits without any adverse consequences.

In other words, the Constitution cannot protect you, if you don’t protect the Constitution with your votes against anyone who violates it. Those government officials who want more power are not going to stop unless they get stopped.

As long as millions of Americans vote on the basis of who gives them free stuff, look for their freedom – and all our freedom – to be eroded away, bit by bit. Our children and grandchildren may yet come to see the Constitution as just some quaint words from the past that people once took seriously. …

Arbitrary power is ugly and vicious, regardless of what pious rhetoric goes with it.

Freedom is not free.

You have to fight for it or lose it. But is our generation up to fighting for it?

So there may be no truth in the claim that all people want to be free.

Only a minority, it seems, will vote for freedom. Even fewer will fight for it.

What chance is there that such freedom as we still have will not be lost?

Posted under Commentary, government, liberty, tyranny, United States, US Constitution by Jillian Becker on Tuesday, March 4, 2014

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  • liz

    When you back up and look at the totality of human history it becomes clear that freedom has been the exception rather than the rule, and continually (and mostly successfully) under attack, as Sowell points out.
    What we Americans have come to take so much for granted in the last few generations or so really only amounts to the blink of an eye in when compared to the big picture.
    In light of that perspective, and considering the all-out attack we are under now from our own government, I would say the freedom achieved by our founders is now hanging by a thread. Unless drastic measures are taken, it will be gone by the next generation.

    • donl

      Indeed, the idea of unalienable rights and government by consent of the governed was, still is, a radical departure from the norm. The socialists think of revolution…what ignorant fools…free-market capitalism was the revolution!!! All before and their objective now is the norm…enslavement by oligarchs who use the elites as stooges to be exterminated once in power.

      Even before the ink was dry, the first traitor to the Constitution was Alexander Hamilton…a monarchist desiring a central bank and strong central government run by the select few…Lincoln destroyed the barriers that made it all achievable Wilson gave us the central bank, FDR gave us the strong central government, Nixon separated dollar from gold and Nobama is thrusting the knife for the kill.

      The saving grace is the remnants of the American spirit. Although confused and “dulled”…most Americans still believe in individuality and the right to choose. Nobama may have revealed his blade too soon…the patient is waking up. And, Obama must be thinking what that Japanese admiral once said “I fear all we have done is waken a sleeping giant”. Eh..Nobama isn’t that bright!

      • liz

        That pretty much nailed it. Obama is just icing the cake – our goose is already cooked. It would be great if the sleeping giant woke up, but I’m beginning to think he’s in a coma, already brain dead…

        • donl

          I’m awaiting the mid term election outcome but of course the tell will be 2016. If Hillary runs and wins…it’s pretty much over.

  • REALBEING

    I too recently had a discussion with someone whom I like and respect, but I had the feeling that this person thought that my observation about greed, in healthy amounts, is not a good thing.

    They seemed to have a phobia that they might be included in those of us who are greedy.
    My statement to this person was this:

    I think that selfishness is indeed greed.
    Like anything else in life, a certain amount is healthy.

    I then re-confirmed my sentiments when I looked up the definition of greedy in the dictionary.
    According to Merriam-Webster, greedy is:

    having or showing a selfish desire to have more of something (such as money or food) —-{or more time for themselves}: having greed

    In my case, like Ayn Rand, I am consciously greedy and self-interested. (selfish)
    I like what she has to say on the subject.

    “Every honest man lives for himself. Every man worth calling a man lives
    for himself. The one who doesn’t – doesn’t live at all.”
    ―Ayn Rand

    I sometimes think that if everyone on Earth lived more for themselves we wouldn’t have the present crises we are now experiencing, as more people would be deeply dependent upon themselves and their own abilities.

    Lets face it…..we are mostly a planet full of human beings experiencing stagnation, mainly because of the religious teachings pointing people to lead an altruistic life.

    I assert that the “brother’s keepers” of the world have doomed the human race to extinction, by their actions!

    And the result of this devastating fact is few people really know how to raise themselves up.

    • donl

      Nynananyaa nyaaa…LOL

      Hmmm, a dictionary that already includes same sex marriage is probably not a good source for looking up anything connected with selfish.

      A admirer of Ayn Rand, as well, I just don’t recall her using the word greed relative to selfish. Greed has such a negative connotation…I have ALWAYS heard it used when spewing from the pulpit or the socialist propagandists. See my confusion?

      To want more is natural. To want to be out of the elements…greedy? to want more money for a vacation or to send kids to PRIVATE school…greedy? Satisfying wants and needs is the driving force behind a prosperous economy and free people. I don’t see this as anything negative…it does not approach a greed meaning as not deserved or more than earned.

      By the way, “pursuit of happiness” as applied in 1776 didn’t mean amusement parks and ice cream parlors. It was inclusive of occupation, degree of and manner acquiring goods and services; that your earnings were your earnings…your personal and real property were yours. It implies that you have no right to injure any person or their property…Government’s singular job is to protect you from others who might or do harm you or your property…period. Authenticity…to live it versus happiness…???

      Perhaps this person I like and respect isn’t as indoctrinated…might just be definitions passing in the night.

      How do you type the sound of “giving the raspberries”?

      • Jillian Becker

        Yes. Greed is not a vice. Envy is a vice.

        As for selfishness, if human beings were not selfish, the human race would have been extinct long ago. It would hardly have begun. If we did not eat when we were hungry, warm ourselves when we were cold, sleep when we were tired and so on, how long would we survive?

      • REALBEING

        The word “greed” has a negative connotation to you…not to Rand, or myself, as it appears in my life. It is only a “negative connotation” IF it occupies most of a man’s life.

        Like charity or anything else, if it is mostly all-consuming, it is a negative. As I stated before, “You can only go North so far before you start to travel South.”

        If I am truthful with myself, I will admit that I have a certain amount of envy, greed, charity, sloth, anger, happiness, etc.
        Otherwise, I couldn’t recognize them in others.

        As my old teacher used to tell us, “If it appears on ‘The Circle’ (of life) it is valid and has a place, or it wouldn’t be here.”

  • donl

    Funny you should mention it…

    I’ve been working a project for a while. Unfortunately, I apparently lack the discipline to finish it. As I gather thought to start a paragraph, conceive an sentence and select the words…I lose control as the frustration overwhelms…I perceive the multitudes of already conditioned losers and the conditioned to be weak remainder.

    Recently, I had an exchange with a person I like and respect. As we exchanged ideas I was clear he was the product of the collective mind. He’d broken free sufficiently to know things weren’t right, but still clung to memorized indoctrination like…to think of one’s self is to be greedy. Someone said it, the hardest thing to do is re-educate someone who has been mis-educated.

    Anyway, I’m trying to generate pieces and vehicles by which to illuminate the untruths of the collectivism purveyors. I just hope there is enough time.

    Anyway, when I saw the title of this post…my “still-a-work-in-progress” booklet cover came to mind.