Thursday, March 7, 2013

War: Freedom vs Fear

March 7, 2013

Bush - Freedom and Fear

Freedom and fear are at war said President George W Bush over a decade ago when the hearts of this country wept. I remember thinking at the time how such a profound a statement could fit so neatly in six little words. That short sentence in all its simplicity conveys the essence of humanity's struggle - the struggle for individual liberty.

The struggle is old and it is weary but still it goes on. And every time a tragedy happens freedom must remain stalwart in the face of fear.

Reason and power are at war

When the outcry of the demoralized and disheartened and the sorely used is not enough to shake freedom's foothold the result is a power struggle.

Reason and power are at war say I.
RE: In the gun control debate (especially in states where recent tragedies have occurred), the sore-hearted are being fed a pack of lies and empty promises by politicians with an agenda. Politicians always have an agenda - it is the nature of the beast. The fearful and the innocent almost always fall victim to power hungry tyrants who use misery for ill purpose.

In turbulent times (like now) when people fear for the safety of what is most precious to them we hear bitter language that no one should ever have to suffer so and in their grief and ultimate disillusionment people often become blind to reason. This is never more true than with the loss of children in a tragedy. Rightfully so. This is when a tyrant or tyrants step in with the miracle cure... reason vs power... the prescription of power always calls for the death of one or more liberties - always.

Reason loses to power when freedom loses to fear. Punishing the innocent to salve our pain is a hollow exercise in vengeance. The reward is pitiful while the cost is great. It is a perversion of justice to demand innocent, law-abiding citizens sacrifice their lawful right to keep and bear arms so the fearful can be assured the world will be a safer place - even though that assurance fails to meet the test of logic or reason.

What is right and what is wrong lies solely in the domain of man. Good and evil are the provinces and the burden of man. A gun may be construed as an instrument of evil but it is only so in the hands of evil. To use a harsh example, to say all gun owners are violent is the same as saying all Catholic priests are child molesters. There was death before there were guns. There was murder in the name of religion and greed, hate and avarice, and even love long before the discovery of gunpowder. Evil has always walked among us. Innocence is always the prey.

I do not have all the answers... but here are a few thoughts: When we do not teach respect for life - we do not get respect for life. When we do not protect freedom for all - the result is freedom for none. If we do not consider what is reasonable - then reason deserts us and there is nothing but chaos.

Punishing, penalizing and taxing innocent gun owners is asking them to pay for a crime they did not commit. Doing so makes every innocent a victim. And that, my friends is evil's reward.

Sadly, none of us have the right to live without fear... without pain... without loss...

None of us have the right to demand of another the sacrifice of freedom to assuage our fears...

Whether we choose to live in fear or in freedom is our choice, an individual choice, an honorable All-American choice. Of the two I prefer the label survivor over victim. Again, it is my choice how I choose to get on in this world. I would never dream of making that choice for another - reciprocity in that regard is appreciated.

I leave you with the words of a founding father: They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. -- Benjamin Franklin

Respectfully yours in unfailing allegiance to the USA,
Dissident Daughter
Because: Silence is the most insideous form of consent

Source: Quote from Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People, September 20, 2001

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