Land of the Free and Home of the Brave?

If you are like me you were raised firmly in the idea that the US was a free country, and that you have the right to own property, and determine your own future.

Things seems to be changing in some subtle and some not so subtle ways. As of  January 1, 2012 our government started a law concerning what type of light bulbs you can buy, use & own. They could have added a tax on the evil ‘inefficient’ bulbs or even plastered them with notices of energy efficiency like appliances, but they didn’t. Rather than allowing people to make intelligent choices, the government has decided what our choice will be. Land of the Free and Home of the Brave? And after all that, they replaced the bulbs with bulbs that are considered hazardous material.

In California and soon in other places it is/will be illegal to offer Pizza, Mac & Cheese or sodas in school lunches. So it would seem that the country we live in now believes in the ‘rule of law’ when it comes to what your children eat and drink. Whatever happened to educating people about things rather than force feeding your thinking to them.

And speaking of the ‘rule of law’ how is that we allow our leaders to decide what laws to enforce, when to enforce them and who is allowed to enforce the existing laws of our great nation? You can be sure of one thing, it only happens because ‘we the people’ have allowed it to happen.

I was taught the difference between our ‘free country’ and those under communist or dictator rule was that our children were taught how to think, while theirs’ were taught what to think.  Is that still true?

The article linked below about how the EPA goes about getting what they have determined is the right thing to do. It really grated on me. Why? Because it isn’t the first or even the biggest in a list of this type of what I would call Gestapo Environmentalism. Please take the time to read it:

A friend I showed this to told me it makes him feel angry and sick at heart. Land of the Free and Home of the Brave? These things get me angry & upset too, but mostly the constant barrage of this type of story makes me fearful. Fearful that our grand-children’s kids may never know the joy of growing up in a free country they way you and I have.

Perhaps it’s time we all stand up, and speak up and react as our own grandparents would have to these affronteries, or is this no longer the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave?

At this moment in time, the direction this country goes in is still up to us, the voting citizens. If we continue on our current track that will not be true much longer. Personally, my money is on us. I hope you will join me in raising your voice to affirm and celebrate our God given, Constitutionally mandated FREEDOM.

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One Response to Land of the Free and Home of the Brave?

  1. C says:

    No, I am not above being the first to comment on my own post. I just wanted to add this famous quote and a little about it:

    First they came for the communists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a communist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak out because I wasn’t a Jew.
    Then they came for me
    and there was no one left to speak out for me.

    “First they came…” is a famous statement attributed to pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) about the inactivity of German intellectuals following the Nazi rise to power and the purging of their chosen targets, group after group. The text of the quotation is usually presented roughly as above. There is some disagreement over the exact wording of the quotation and when it was created; indeed, the content of the quotation may have been presented differently by Niemöller on different occasions

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