The American citizen or we the people have not kept our part of the bargain. We the people have surrendered our power and we than made excuses as to why that power was surrendered. The maintenance of freedom requires dedication and responsibility by the citizens. Every time the citizenry shirks a responsibility or allows a choice to be made for them, they have surrendered some freedom.
Here are some examples of freedom being surrendered.
Sen. Charles Schumer wants to require the Federal Aviation Administration to establish seat-size standards for commercial airlines, which he says now force passengers to sit on planes "like sardines." He told the Associated Press the airlines have been slowly cutting down legroom and seat width.
"One of the most vexing things when you travel on an airplane is there's almost no legroom on your standard flight," Schumer said. "There's been constant shrinkage by the airlines." Schumer said he will add an amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Bill that is pending before Congress that would require the agency to set the seat-size guidelines.
American citizens from all ideological persuasions will say what a wonderful idea that congress will require the FFA, on their behalf, to make their airplane rides more comfortable. Even though this regulation is a clear violation of the Constitution, only a few, if any elected officials will object. The federal government was given 26 powers, all listed in the Constitution. The 10th amendment said those that were all the powers the federal government has, all others are reserved for the states and the people.
Every time the people allow the federal government to assume a power they were not given, the people are voluntarily surrendering freedom, even if it means a more comfortable airplane ride. If the Constitution said the federal government had the power to regulate the size of a horse saddle or the number of people that could ride in a stage coach, then yes, to regulate the size of an airplane seat could be deemed to be a power of the federal government.
Also, we the people do have the power to regulate the size of seats in an airplane. If we do not like the product being sold, we do not have to buy that product. If airplane tickets were not being sold, and the airlines were aware it was because the public was demanding bigger seats, the airlines would put bigger seats in the planes. Instead, we the people will make excuses and reasons why this cannot be done, and abstain from exercising our power, thus surrendering our freedom to what we consider a less difficult solution.
We the people are also surrendering our freedom because we are willing to give and accept incorrect information. The sound bite has become a way of life. I recently saw an explanation on Facebook that was totally incorrect. The person giving the information was a person who people seemed to rely on for information judging by responses to his posts.
This person said that communism and socialism are the same. This is not even a simplistic explanation, it is inaccurate, but is widely accepted. Socialism is an economic system and communism is a political system. At one time we could have said that every communist is a socialist but not every socialist is a communist. Today even that statement would be inaccurate. The change began in the late 1960’s and was very evident by the late 1980’s. Today in China, the political system is still a communist system, but the economic system is as much a capitalist system as it is a socialist system.
Marx, in the mid 1800’s said he believed in socialism, he wrote many of the rules for the socialist economic system, but was not a socialist. He disavowed being a socialist because the socialists of his day did not advocate a classless society. Some would have you believe that this is minor detail, but it is critical, even in the United States today.
Because the American people do not or will not take the time to learn for themselves, and are willing to follow what others tell them, we blindly follow. As we blindly follow, we surrender many of our freedoms. A free people must be a vigilant and intellectually curious people. A free people cannot rely on quick and easy soundbites. A free people must always question what they are told to verify its validity. I challenge every reader of this article to verify everything I have said so you will be able to arrive at an informed conclusion.
The American people are surrendering their freedoms by willingly following flawed candidates. This is true in all elections, but never as evident as it is in this current presidential election. In the one party we have two candidates, one a self-proclaimed socialist. This candidate is very honest about his beliefs and has been very consistent over the years. His veracity and character appear to be above reproach.
The other candidate has supported socialist and communist ideas throughout her whole career. She has often stated her policy beliefs to one group only to change that position the same day or next day when speaking to another group. She is a documented liar who has been involved in many scandals that would have brought an indictment and quite possibly a conviction for other people. Today she is the subject of an FBI investigation. At the very heart of this investigation is the willingness of the candidate to put the security of the United States at risk. Yet, she is leading in the polls and defended by many people who also say they love freedom. Our founders warned against trusting freedom to people who are flawed, lacking in veracity and character.
The other political party has as its leading candidate another flawed individual. This individual has exhibited lack of self-control and the lack of the basic courtesies necessary in a free society. His traits are traits one would find in demagogues and autocrats. His veracity and character are nonexistent. He has stated that he can change to become anything he needs to be, and he has. As with all who would deceive, direct answers are never given. As with all demagogues, he is very thinned skinned and reverts to personal insult as his answer to anybody who would question his positions.
The American people are blindly following obviously flawed individuals to be their president. A free people must demand more from its leaders for every time a free people has turned to a flawed individual, lacking especially in veracity and character, the people have always suffered because of that flawed leader suppressing the basic freedoms so necessary to be free; freedoms of speech, the press, assembly, religion, choice and the total protection of private property.
We have learned through history that freedom is not taken but surrendered, and freedom is not given but won. A free people are a vigilant and diligent protector of their freedom. The American people have been neither vigilant nor diligent. We have surrendered the freedoms we have lost. We can, if we have the willingness and dedication, win back the freedoms we have surrendered and insure those freedoms for posterity if future generations will be vigilant and diligent protectors of those freedoms. The choice is always that of the people.