Monday is Memorial Day in the United States. It is a day when people are supposed to take time to honor those who have fought and died to defend America. What did they fight for? Do defend American freedom and the United States Constitution. The Constitution includes 27 amendments, the first 10 of which are known as the Bill of Rights. These include the rights to freedom of speech, protection from unreasonable search and seizure, equal protection under the law, a speedy trial, and others. What better way to honor those who gave their lives to protect these rights, than to continue fighting to protect these rights today. We all need to defend those rights against anyone who tries to take them away. Today the biggest threat to our freedoms does not come from outside our borders. It comes from within. In Franklin Roosevelt’s first inaugural address he said:
let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itselfâ€”nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.
Fear is the weapon of choice of our own government today. They continue to bring up vague threats of terrorism as an excuse to subvert the rights enshrined in the US Constitution. By making people afraid, they make them willing to give up freedom in the name of security. But what use is security without freedom? The protection of freedom must come first and foremost weather the threat comes from some islamic fascists in the middle east, christian fascists in Alabama and Texas or robber barons on Wall Street. We all have limited life spans and will inevitably die eventually. We need to live in the here and now and having freedom is a big part of that. Don’t dwell on avoiding death, because sooner or later it will catch up with you either via natural causes or other wise. Have the best life we can today and protect our rights.
Honor America’s war dead by defending what they died for. Communicate with others about the need to protect our rights. Contact your congressional representatives and tell them that protecting freedom must come first and foremost. Tell them to impeach any president that actively works to subvert the constitution. And go out and work against politicians that support the subversion of the constitution.