On holidays like the Fourth of July I reflect on the thousands of times my father told me of his experience off Utah Beach on D-Day. A conscientious objector by his own standards, he decided to join the Coast Guard, believing that he would never be in position to kill another human being. Yet here he was, just a few years after enlisting, observing from a short distance off the beachhead the slaughter of hundreds of American and Allied soldiers. I had to listen to this story so many times, not from any position of self-pity, but from what he had taken from this experience, and his task of taking dead soldiers out of the ocean for the next few days afterwards.
He said that during those few days he made his peace with God, that he understood a higher calling, and that the brave ones were those who perished June 6, 1944. For the rest of his life, he committed himself to his family, his employer, his union and his community. He died in 1985 fighting a cancer that took everything except his honor.
Today his community stands broken, riddled with more drug dealers and addicts than ever believed possible. Its work ethic gone, a spirit of community devastated, a city running on fumes that would collapse without the infusion of federal dollars, is now a city where 60% of inhabitants live on some form of public assistance. If an act of God granted his soul the opportunity today to live again on Earth, I truly believe his wish would be to be placed back in the ground after seeing what Americans have become within three decades of his demise.
Let us not forget that nobody ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making some other poor bastard die for his. (Line from “Patton”) However, all of us need to take a moment to reflect where we are today as Americans. Every drop of blood lost by American fighting men and women will be for nothing if we don’t stop this massive invasion of federal government into every aspect of our lives. Today as Americans, we now incarcerate nearly 2+ million individuals. The federal government now runs two sets of books with the Bureau of Prisons. One set is for the 225,000 individuals serving time throughout hundreds of federal prisons and camps nationally. Another budget is for the incarnation of illegal aliens. A combined budget of $30,000,000,000.00 is only the beginning. Let’s not forget the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act, that would allow the military to detain without a trial any American citizen accused of being a terrorist, or of supporting terrorists who plot attacks against the United States. The ACLU called the proposal “an extreme position that will forever change our country.”
The Utopian dream that a massive central government can take better care of us from cradle to grave has proven itself a myth. We as Americans have given up our fight to control our own communities. Our city streets are more dangerous than ever. Our work ethic for the most part is hindered by excessive federal, state and local regulations, where every risk taking entrepreneur’s actions, visions and results can be interpreted as a crime from the hundreds of criminal statutes being passed by Congress monthly.
Today, any action can be viewed as a criminal action. Every county government now has a white collar crime task force to review every real estate transaction, every business purchase or established debt service. Every bankruptcy filing is viewed for fraud under newly established federal statutes. Every drug arrest completed successfully for local, county or state law enforcement can be taken over by federal authorities, taking control away from the sovereign states once protected by the tenth amendment of the United States Constitution.
This massive growth of federal power is going to get much worse before it gets better. So live paranoid today my fellow Americans, it could save your life. All of the bloodshed by Americans in the cause of freedom will be in vain unless we wake up, reverse the deterioration of our constitutional rights, and become Americans again, in the mold of the Founding Fathers. Our real fight for freedom is now at home, not on foreign soil. – Anthony Andersen