By George Noga
I Cannot Tell a Lie: Bush Chopped Down the Cherry Tree
Not long ago it was universally understood and accepted that liberty was at the very heart of America and was the centerpiece of the American way of life, the sine qua non, if you will, of America.
It defined us as a people. We have the Liberty Tree, the Liberty Bell and the Statue of Liberty; by law “Liberty” must be on every coin. We took to heart Lord Acton’s admonition:
“Liberty is not a means to a higher end.
It is itself the highest political end.”
Recent times have witnessed usurpation, erosion and increasingly direct frontal attacks on liberty by metastasizing government regulation, intrusion, oversight and taxation – all in the name of protecting us or giving us stuff.
A great many, perhaps even most, Americans now eschew liberty in favor of security and/or ersatz social benefits. Attacks on liberty masquerade under many different and high sounding mantras such as political correctness, internationalism, coexistence, fairness, disparate outcomes, equity, environmentalism, fair trade, sustainability, class envy, unionism, multiculturalism and the feel-good label du jour.
Such Americans have lost their connection with our past, with who we are as a people and the inestimable value our forebears, who all too often paid the ultimate price in defending it, placed on liberty.
Our history would be vastly different if today’s attitudes had always prevailed; consider what some of our founding documents, patriotic songs and inspirational speeches would have been like if today’s mindset always had prevailed.
~Oh, say does that Star Spangled Banner yet waive o’er the land of the insured and the home of the fainthearted? . . . My country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of equity, of thee I sing. . . . From every mountainside let sustainability ring.
~We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all species are endowed by the government with certain quasi-inalienable rights; that among these are partial birth abortion, regulation of greenhouse gasses and pursuit of gender equity.
~We the people of the United States in order to form a fairer union, establish non disparate outcomes, ensure domestic class equity, provide for common lifetime security, promote welfare and happiness, and to secure the satisfaction of fairness and equity in all things for ourselves and for our ZPG posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
~Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning for taxpayer-funded benefits, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me; I will provide green cards, amnesty, in state tuition and an open door.
~We shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend and oppose any foe, to assure the survival and the success of universal medical insurance and women’s reproductive health including termination of children born after a botched abortion.
~I pledge allegiance to the concept of the United States of America and to the ideals of fairness and equity for which it stands, many groups under law, with equality and security for all.
“Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.”
~From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, we resolve our nation’s conflicts through mediation, multicultural awareness and consensus building. First for international peacekeeping and for sexual inclusion, we are the United Nations Marines.
~Doggone the torpedoes; moderate speed ahead. . . . Praise the government and pass the organic fair trade gunpowder! . . . I regret that I am giving my only life for my country. . . . Don’t retreat until you see the whites of their eyes. . . . Speak softly but carry a large tort lawsuit. . . . Mr. Gorbachev: Come to this wall, join hands and sing Kumbaya.
“Mr.Gorbachev: Come to this wall,
join hands and sing Kumbaya.”
In 1809 General John Stark, New Hampshire’s most famous Revolutionary War soldier, was too ill to attend a reunion. Instead, he sent the following toast to be read at the reunion: “Live free or die; death is not the worst of evils”. Live free or die later became the state motto and is on all license plates.
Given today’s state of mind, the motto would be: Live Free or Coexist.
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