In the last couple of years I have been wondering where we are and where are we going. We have seen some tough times and some glorious times. In my 59 years of life we have had financial recessions but we have always managed some way to get through them without massive government intrusions and interventions. But now our government controls vast portions of our banking, automotive industries and now the health care industry, what's left for them to grab ? In less than 2 years time our (funny, I don't think I can say "Our" government anymore.) The Government has assumed so much control and strives for more.
Now the government wants to control the internet, the single most important tool ever devised to foster the idea of freedom and liberty will fall under government control. A man that can not communicate freely will never be free. Yes, with this fantastic tool of freedom comes the trash of pornography and it can also be used by the enemies of freedom to communicate with each other, a small price to pay to allow one free man communicate his thoughts and ideas to another. This more than anything frightens me, as all tyrants first had to control the flow of information before they could take control.
Now they say that this country is in danger of cyber warfare, and I whole hardily agree with this, however to simply shut the internet down does no more to "protect" us than a dastardly attack. Critical computer systems should not even be allowed to connect to the internet if they are that vulnerable. And if they must communicate with other systems then how will shutting down the internet "save" them. This is nothing more than a means to stop you and me from sharing ideas and information.
The government can shut down a few thousand tv and radio stations, close several thousand newspapers, but right now it can not shutdown potentially millions of work stations that can disseminate information, until they pass this new law......
“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.”
With these words, written by Thomas Jefferson, our Founding Fathers clearly and unequivocally announced to the world those ideals that would become the foundation of democracy in the United States. They declared that Americans would no longer be subject to the tyranny of the Divine Right of Kings. These American patriots were not fighting for land or for wealth but, rather, for liberty and justice for all people.
On July 4, 1776, the United States was just thirteen colonies of the British Empire. Today, we are the mightiest nation in the world and still leading the fight for freedom, justice, and democracy for all. We remain united under the principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence.
This weekend, we all will celebrate the 4th of July. The 4th is a day to reflect on what it means to be an American. It is also a day to give thanks. It reminds us of the brave men and women who have sacrificed so much throughout our history while fighting for the rights laid out in the Declaration of Independence. From Lexington and Concord, to the beaches of Normandy, from the deserts of Iraq to the mountains of Afghanistan, heroic Americans have laid down their lives so that you and I may continue to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
On Sunday or Monday, as your fire up the grill, I hope you will join with me in remembering the sacrifice and courage of those great Americans who have shown us over the last 234 years what it means to be free. Take a moment to remember all Americans who have taken a stand against the dual evils of tyranny and oppression- from those 56 men who signed their names and declared the independence of all free Americans to our men and women in uniform today. These men and women are the reason that Americans enjoy the liberties and freedoms we celebrate each 4th of July.