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Terrorism and Our Rights

Posted in Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2016 by authorcarloscardoso

It has been suggested that in light of the recent terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida that Americans should consider giving up our rights if the government chooses to put us on a “terrorist watch list or a no-fly list” This includes giving up our rights to privacy, self defense and anything else the government decides we should give up in the name of national security. Now just take a moment and consider those words and do not simply accept them at face value but really consider what that implies in light of our founding principles and history. It has been implied that the government should have the power to choose who among us gets to keep our unalienable rights and who must forfeit them. This from a government who in the name of national security has already taken away our right to privacy in our persons, effects and papers through the implementation of the so called Patriot Act. This is a government who now has the capability to track our every move, listen to our every conversation and even peer inside our homes all without our knowledge, consent and without the prerequisite warrant showing probable cause to do so. They claim the right to search our bodies and things for the “privilege” of free travel through the most modern, convenient and speedy mode of travel when in reality we are free to come and go across this country with our property in the pursuit of happiness. This for many of us is part of our jobs which provide for our way of life.

Consider also the current acts this government has done recently. They have used the power of regulatory agencies to intimidate and deprive American citizens their rights to freedom of speech and to associate freely with the IRS scandal targeting groups who did not share the same political viewpoint of the current administration with no one being held accountable. A president who has said he would punish his political enemies. This is a government whose Department of Homeland Security is completely infiltrated by members of the father of terrorist organizations, The Muslim Brotherhood. A government who says the greatest threats to our national security are zealous Christians, right wing “extremists” who believe in the constitution and call themselves patriots or Tea Party members, sympathizers and climate change deniers.

This country came to be because brave people saw tyranny being imposed upon them and chose to fight the American War of Independence rather than submit to intimidation and even death for the cause of Liberty. Samuel Adams said, “The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth. Not be under the will of the legislative authority of man but only have the laws of nature for his rule.” Thomas Jefferson said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Now I ask you to reconsider what has been suggested above taking into consideration the actions of the current administration in acting lawlessly. How often throughout the course of the history of this country the government has acted contrary to the Constitution which was put in place to control the federal government to certain enumerated powers given by the consent of the American people and reserving all the rest to the Sovereign States and the Individual. People talk about removing the rights enumerated in the first ten amendments otherwise known as the bill of rights. How could we have possibly strayed so far from our founding principles to understand that these enumerated rights not only aren’t the full extent of our rights under liberty but merely an incomplete list of what the government was enacted to protect not provide, Our rights came from our Creator and as such cannot be taken away by any man or form of government. Our rights come from God with His greatest gift to Humanity, free will which is Liberty.  Benjamin Franklin said, “Those willing to give up Liberty for security deserve neither.” So now having considered these founding principles from our history and these words of wisdom from our founding fathers, how could anyone suggest that the government should be granted the power to arbitrarily deprive us of our unalienable rights?

The problem facing America in dealing with the threat of Islamic terrorism is that we must follow the constitution and leave the American people alone to live in Liberty pursuing happiness as we see fit with minimal government intrusion in our lives freed to become prosperous once again.  Then we would be better able to defeat the evil enemies of the American people if we spent more time being vigilant against those most likely to commit acts of barbarism and not allow political correctness to get in the way of common sense legal investigations into the real enemies of the American people.

 

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