Happy 4th of July all you US readers. “Remembrance Day”

tattered US flagI call this “Remembrance Day”. To me this day celebrates this nation’s independence from tyranny, oppression, and the beginning of an experiment unequaled in the history of mankind. What have we, the descendants who have inherited this gift beyond price, done with this glorious legacy?

We figured out how to vote for the lock box. The treasury. The goodies. We have voted willingly for shysters and scumbags who in another life would have been chased off a used car lot for being too dishonest. We have traded freedom for perceived comfort. We live under the burden of an unending stream of taxes, regulations and laws that make all of us criminals. We live at the sufferance of our government, instead of the way it should be, the government at our mercy.

In this nation, one of our states yesterday put a gag order on a couple to prevent them from commenting on the case they lost for refusing to do something based upon their religious beliefs.

THE GOVERNMENT TOLD THEM TO SHUT UP OR ELSE.

I’ll say it again…A gag order was imposed.

In an ongoing investigation where there could be harm committed by blabbing, I get it. But this is AFTER THE FACT.

I hope we all have a great time watching the fireworks. But in the scheme of things, we are no longer free, nor have we been for a very long time.

I’ll leave this post with a few quotes from a far seeing man who lived a long time ago, but was nearly prescient in his observations:

1.  The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.

2.  Democracy and socialism have nothing in common but one word, equality. But notice the difference: while democracy seeks equality in liberty, socialism seeks equality in restraint and servitude.

3.  In America the majority raises formidable barriers around the liberty of opinion; within these barriers an author may write what he pleases, but woe to him if he goes beyond them.

—Alexis de Tocqueville

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