It began slowly, almost like you let someone take a dollar from you every day and then wake up at the end of the month and wonder where your money went. Missing a dollar in the day didn’t matter, but at the end of the month it had added up and you no longer could pay all your bills because of that missing money. That was how THEY’s freedom disappeared slowly. One by one, laws were enacted for the good of their country and then there were overt actions against religious groups and its members. First there were physical attacks and mass government propaganda, next came restrictions on businesses and finally came the intrusions into their personal lives. They were told who they could marry and in some cases they were told that their marriages weren’t legal and dissolved. Family were ripped apart and segregated due to blood lines. Children were taken from families and the infirmed were institutionalize and sterilized.
Whole families began to disappear in the night and property seized by the government. These trespasses became a way of life for the people and they became used to the brutality in their midst. People began to turn a blind eye to what was happening to their neighbors, secretly thanking that it was not them. They ignored the smells of death and government over reaching into their daily lives. Some claimed out of fear and some claimed patriotism, still others lamely claimed ignorance, as to why they didn’t interfere with their growing governments actions against its citizens.
The rest of the world ignored the pleas for help and the evidence of genocide coming out of the region in civil war/internal struggle. The world dismissed it as false rumors, none of our business and it referred to it as atrocity propaganda. We in the US were already war weary and wanted to get back to the business of rebuilding our own country. Some citizens went to other countries and volunteered for the fight, seeing what was coming at us.
We were soon drawn into that war, attacked on our home soil and that was “a day that will live in infamy”, but has faded from most minds (since we no longer lower our flags for that day). At the end of that bloody two front war, we did not abandon our footholds, but have held a stabilizing force of deterrence in those regions to this day. We forged strong bonds with other nations, forming alliances and uneasy peace from the actions of that war. We saw those bonds strengthened after 9/11 when a German Navy ship, passed an American ship, dipping the American colors in solidarity, a moving act that was not lost on any member of the US military.
As we swept East across Europe with our Allies and we cleared the last of the agressors out, we saw what our indecision and the blind eye of the average citizen cost. We found mass graves of millions, starving, displaced people by the millions, lost families and ravaged states. What I am talking about is WWII, a war that mobilized the country for one common goal, though at times not for the betterment for all its citizens. We imprisoned our own citizens out of fear and we saw the birth of the nuclear age.
The lessons of our past have not taught us enough, because now we are in favor of inclusion, rather than the protection of our people and our countries borders. We are now seeing a sweeping force gathering a foothold in the world, claiming it in the name of a people (many, who didn’t ask for it) and religion, at that the cost thousands of lives so far. It has the momentum that we saw beginning back in 1932 and we are met with same evidence as we were back then, so far with the same response of indifference. We have seen small unorganized attacks all over the world, the perpetrators claiming allegiance to a group that can only be called terrorists, but our own government is taking painstaking efforts not to put a name on what and who this group is. (I understand that politics is a slippery world game) We see thousands of people fleeing their home countries out of fear for their lives and still we speculate, rather than forming an organized union for action. We have allies speaking out, warning of future aggression and threats, but we sit back and say they gave no real options for an alternatives for our path.
It is not for other world leaders to offer the US alternatives for our forgein policies. It is for American to stand up and be counted for those on the side of the basic human RIGHT to LIFE and to live without fear of those that would end their lives because of the God that they choose to follow. We are now seeing another Genocide being carried out against Christian’s and Women (killed and being pressed into slavery) sweeping across Africa and Middle East. Our own citizens reaching out to these groups, due to some disfranchisement or other social slight and being used as blunt instruments of hate and yet we are still not securing our borders. We have one hand saying look at me over here, while the other hand is getting ready to slit our throats in our sleep and we are going to lay down and take it. What are we missing in our domestic spying on our citizens?
Will it take another massive attack on our soil to wake America up and realize that we are no longer free and that our Military can no longer take care of us because we have let it be sacrificed on the altar of immigration reform and government pork spending. Our Government is trying to AX THE ONLY CLOSE AIR SUPPORT AIRCRAFT THAT KEEPS OUR TROOPS SAFE ON THE GROUND! Taking resources, such as the A-10 away from our military will create more Gold Star families and embolden the enemy to attack us in our forward deployed bases. Deterrence has always been the best amour against attack and will save lives in the long run. Our military is the blanket of safety we sleep under at night and to leave them open, when there is way to protect them already in place is in excusable. How about not redecorating Commanding officers offices and new furniture for conference rooms that are rarely used, instead of forcing our troops to siphon gas from one aircraft for another, to the day’s flight schedule for the last day of the FISCAL year. (yes this happened to me personally)
We, as one person may be small when standing alone in our voting booth, our living rooms, our cars driving, listening to JAMES T HARRIS, but we are mighty together at the grass roots arena. We can start electing local representatives that share our concern over frivolous government spending, constitutional violations infringing on our state’s rights and our CONSTITUTION. We as American’s have been all separately been asleep at the wheel of our country and it is time to wake up and right this ships course TOGETHER. If we don’t fight to save our Military, our borders and infrastructure we will lose so much more than our face, which is already smeared with egg, on the foreign front. We will lose our fundamental freedoms that we take for granted every day.