America's 50/50 Chance At Freedom
A Commentary by J. D.
Fourth America celebrates her 236 birthday. To modern man, 236 years
sounds like a long time. Its not. As the lifetimes of northern and
western countries go, America is still a child, an infant, even.
used to be a comforting thought. No more. Given America's suicidal
tendencies, it would seem America, as a country, is not inclined to grow
Modern Americans have no
resemblance to the Americans who carved this nation from a wilderness
and then placed their lives, their sacred honor, their fortunes,
everything they had or hoped to have on the alter of freedom to create
not just a country, but a sovereign nation of free people where freedom
and liberty would be honored, cherished, and protected forever.
was then. This is now.
I have come to believe that
every generation ought to have to fight for its freedom and liberty.
was an "old saying" that said something like this: "They know the
price of everything but the VALUE of nothing." I think that aptly
describes America today. Well, maybe not. I hesitate here because I
wonder if Americans REALLY know the "COST" of freedom. The last
generation of Americans who actually put their lives on the line for the
freedom of their homeland is about gone now. THEY know the cost and
the value. But as they die off, their influence on the generations
following them is dying with them.
collectively, we Americans have simply forgotten the cost of our
freedom. I believe that is why we value it so cheaply. It's not DEAR
to us any longer.
The last quotable President the
United States had was Ronald Reagan. One of the quotes we remember from
Reagan was this: "Freedom is never more than one generation away from
extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It
must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same."
at the last six words of that quote from Reagan: " ... for them
to do the same."
Maintaining freedom is a
constant struggle. It is a struggle in which each generation must
engage. If a single generation , for whatever reason, fails in its duty
to the country, we lose our freedom.
Now, I ask you
to remember the "flower children," the "hippies" of the 1960's who now
populate our government, our academia, even the pulpits of our land, and
I ask ... did they pick up the mantle of the generation before them
... or not?
"A chain is only as strong as its weakest
link" and THAT generation of Americans was, and remains, (in my opinion)
the weakest link in the freedom chain forged by every preceding
generation of Americans dating back to at least Valley Forge.
is nothing quite so distressing, and, yes, unforgivable, as a child
refusing to accept responsibility for his actions -- and -- shirking his
duty. Thus did the single rotten apple ruin the entire barrel.
is still paying the price for the lapse in the duty and responsibility
of that generation. The lasting damage of that generation has brought
inestimable weakness to America. The influence of their pustulant
agents reaches into the very Oval Office of the US government today and
their toxicity to freedom has spread through our national legislature
with the corrosive nature of battery acid. America will never
I have never been a great admirer
of President John F. Kennedy. But -- even a stopped clock is right
twice a day. Kennedy DID make a remark back in the early sixties that
struck a cord with me. He said: "The cost of freedom is always high,
but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose,
and that is the path of surrender, or submission."
JFK's remark (above) in today's setting and one must wonder whether it
still would apply. Shocking? Not really. This is a far different
America than the America of five decades ago.
think, is actually frightening to some Americans today. They prefer,
instead, to be less free and be "protected." They don't seem to
comprehend that one's "protectors" are often one's jailors, as well.
It would seem many Americans cannot bear
the thought of severing the umbilical cord and taking responsibility for
their own lives -- and in doing so -- their own freedom. Just as
troubling is their slacking the responsibility they have, as Americans,
to ensure the freedom of their countrymen, as well. Quite frankly, they
A former First Lady of the USA, Eleanor
Roosevelt once said: "Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human
being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is
unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry his own
weight, this is a frightening prospect."
Roosevelt's remark comes very close to something Sigmund Freud said:
"Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves
responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility."
is a powerful statement Mr. Freud made. BUT it is even more to the
point today than when he uttered it well over sixty years ago.
make no apologies for my near constant promotion of freedom. I am
convinced, you see, that without freedom -- nothing else matters.
Freedom INSURES everything else. Lose freedom and we've lost
"Oh," but some argue, "America is a
democracy, and democracy insures freedom." Not so, I would counter! If
anything, democracy is, at best, a shield for freedom, but, freedom is
the sword that defends democracy.
There has been a full frontal
assault on freedom in America since January 20th, 2009. The electorate
placed the people of America into the hands of "statists." In November
of 2008, democracy -- as the shield of freedom -- failed. Since that
fateful day, we have seen our freedom both collectively, as a nation,
and our individual liberty as well, eroded at an alarming rate. There
can be no doubt that the future of Americans as a free people is now in
real jeopardy. There is grave concern amongst the older generations as
to whether freedom can be saved -- at all. America has gone from free
to formerly free at blinding speed. Its decent was stunning.
are now a "formerly free" country. There is no guarantee that we will
ever be free again.
Only about half of all Americans
want to be free. At the moment, they are in the ascendancy. The
election this coming November will decide whether we become the
"People's Democratic Republic of America" or if we maintain our tenuous
hold on freedom.
So, how do I call it? 50/50 -- at
J. D. Longstreet
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