It is true that, as Charleton Heston said, the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is “America’s first freedom”. Americans love their guns, but the ultimate reason that they love them is not for the guns themselves, but because of their love of liberty, and the Founding Fathers recognized the need for the Second Amendment to protect our liberty. We like our guns because we love our freedom, not vice versa. Apparently, many of our current politicians don’t understand this basic principle.
Now, however, a more insidious force is at work trying to take away our liberty. Instead of taking on our gun rights head-on (because they know the NRA will give them a smack-down if they try), they are moving to destroy our Liberty by making government larger, and penetrating all aspects of our lives from the size of your toilet tank to mandatory GPS locaters in automobiles and even in (proposed) farm animals. And they are creating a huge government debt that will saddle our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren with a tax burden that will make them government slaves.
There is a saying that for every penny of every dollar the government takes from you in taxes, the same percent of your freedom goes away with it. Americans are transferring their liberty to the government slowly but surely as the percentage of the tax burden increases. This is simply because the more money that the government has, the bigger government gets, and the larger the bureaucracy gets, along with new laws, regulations and restrictions. For example, did you know that, in Ohio, if a child catches a lizard or turtle down at the creek and takes it home to put in a tank, he or she is breaking the law? (Ohio Administrative Code Section 1501:31-25-04) But don’t worry; the government will sell him a license so he can do it legally. The nanny-statists will tell you it’s all for our own good, to protect the wildlife, etc., but somehow we got along without turtle licenses for the first several thousands of years of human existence. Yes, even the Department of Natural Resources, in spite of the good that they do, is just another nanny-state agency, ever expanding, increasing the budget, raising fees and taxes, and hiring, with the tremendous amount of mission-creep and over-regulation that goes along with it. (It is acknowledged that there are periods of non-growth and so-called “cut-backs” such as now in the current recession, but these are only a temporary stalling in an inexorable expansion of this and other government agencies). Apply this to all government agencies, federal, county, city and state, and you begin to understand what we are up against. The government will take care of you, don’t worry, and eventually they will take away your guns through this soft tyranny.
The “antis” don’t need to take on our gun rights head-on to destroy our liberty: they are doing an end-run and eroding our freedom in general by increasing taxes, growing government, and taking away our personal freedoms bit by bit. The guns in our homes won’t have a lot of meaning if the majority of Americans become accustomed to the idea of government running all aspects of their lives, and are willing to give up their freedom for the nanny-state. Our guns will rust in our closets while we allow big brother to hold our hands and lead us down the road to utopia. Fortunately, we have not reached that point yet, although we are certainly headed in that direction.
This writer is one of those people who believe in American Exceptionalism. This means that our great country is exceptional, and yes, better than other countries, because we, as a people, are God-fearing, respect individual liberty, the rule of law and self-sufficiency, and are willing to defend these values with our lives if necessary. These are the values which are based primarily on Judeo-Christian philosophy and classical Greek philosophy that enabled America to become a great country.
But now, the government is slowly and inexorably destroying our liberty. As just one recent example, the U.S. House of Representatives recently passed by a very close vote, the so-called “Cap and Trade” law. They are also trying to pass a government take-over of health care, one sixth of the U.S. economy. If the congress passes either of these, it will enable government to penetrate every aspect of your life. They are tremendous expansions of government power, and this means a tremendous loss of personal liberty. Hopefully, they will not pass. The Obama-controlled EPA suppressed a report that indicated that such radical measures to control carbon emissions are not necessary, hiding it from Congress so the Cap and Trade bill would pass. In truth, the Earth has been cooling, and man-made CO2 has zero effect on global temperatures. However, no amount of conniving and dishonesty is too much for these statists to achieve their goal of destroying our freedom, and the mainstream media is right there with them like cheerleaders at a basketball game, just as they have always sided with the anti-gun lobby over the years.
Another example of government expanding its powers at the expense of our liberty is the “Thought Crimes” legislation which recently passed. It allows government prosecutors to delve into the minds of people who are accused of committing crimes against certain “protected” groups, and to punish them more severely if it is found that they picked on one of these “special” groups, i.e. Homosexuals, Blacks, etc.
However, Americans are optimists. We have great confidence in the American people’s love of freedom, and believe it is much deeper and stronger than our adversaries think it is. We still have a functioning representative republic, and we can stop the “Cap and Trade” bill and the health care bill if we contact our congressional representatives, and demand that they vote NO on these boondoggles. We can communicate and educate ourselves through outdoors publications and through the internet to and become more active politically, and we can get involved in TEA parties which represent the best of our values of freedom and independence. If you would like to read more about how the statist government is taking away our freedom, get mark Levin’s best selling book, “Liberty and Tyranny”. Go to:
Also, an excellent youtube video on the efforts of George Soros, through his minion Rebecca Peters, and the international socialist community to destroy our Second Amendment rights: