The liberties of our country, the freedoms of our civil Constitution are worth defending at all hazards; it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors. They purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood. It will bring a mark of everlasting infamy on the present generation – enlightened as it is – if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of designing men. Samuel Adams
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, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free. Ronald Reagan
These are dangerous times. Much of the world is in what soon will be recognized as an economic depression. Further, geopolitical problems threaten safety and security on multiple fronts. These include the worldwide rise of terrorism, the Middle East in turmoil, a resurgence of Russian nationalism, rogue states like North Korea, China searching for its own identity and a host of other issues. Any of these elements could be tripwires that lead to a massive war that engulfs much of the world. All of these represent potential threats to the US at a time when the military is already fully engaged.
The obvious is what the brilliant essayist Frederic Bastiat termed “the seen.” Too often the seen is used to justify actions which make matters worse:
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom: it is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves. William Pitt
In Bastiat’s world, “the unseen” was generally more important than the obvious. Bastiat viewed events in this binary fashion more than 150 years ago. His taxonomy still applies today. ”The unseen” in this instance is the effect that these so-called crises have on liberty and the future of civilization. Each “crisis” is used to make the State larger at the expense of private freedom. Each enlargement of the State is a regression toward barbarism.
Remember Rahm Emmanuel’s quote about a crisis being too important to waste? It appears on Friday, President Obama decided to take advantage of these crises and accelerate his drive toward Socialism and/or totalitarianism. President Obama effectively declared martial law during peacetime with his new Executive Order
(reprinted below). Furthermore, he
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