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Do Americans Cherish Freedom Anymore? by Chuck Baldwin

Posted by soldierservant on May 21, 2009

Wow, I did not know this! According to Chuck the christian universities
sound like nazi camps almost. Well it is just like Jesus said that evil
men will increase in wickedness. This proves the wickedness of religious
institutions. All the hypocrites love to throw around terms like
"marxist" when they don’t even know what they are talking about. These
religious scoundrels are a perfect example of a true marxist, just like
the rest of the neocons. Even though I say that Obama is a part of this
corrupt system, as a person he seems like a decent man, and better than
most in DC. All these republicans fighting over his stimulus package is
ridiculous and hypocritical. They did not fight over Bush’s stimulus.
Where was the republicans outrage against bailing out Wall Street
crooks, even after the fact came out of that money going to bonuses of
CEOs? So you mean to tell me that all the neocon locksteppers agree with
this and that they do not want their stimulus check? Fine then, all you
hypocrite neocons can give me your stimulus check. We are now seeing all
the true racists among the religious community. Your sins will find you
out and any man that hates his brother does not have eternal life. It
was apparently God’s will for Obama to come to power to expose the
wicked religious hypocrites for all the hateful vipers that they are,
PRAISE GOD! I am even seeing it in my family now. I never knew they were
such racists but now God is exposing their wicked hearts. I knew they
were pretty messed up but this confirms the hatred I have felt around
them. They are increasing in their wickedness among all the other
religious hypocrites. Despite all this I have kept my peace and will
remain to do so and they will either be justified or condemned by their
own words as well as their hearts. They will, as all will, face the
GREAT JUDGE and give an account. God sees all, for those of you who
think you can away wth hiding your wicked heart! Chuck also makes a
great point about the veterans. Anyone can agree no matter what their
stance, whether pro-war or anti-war, warmonger or pacifist, that our
government is not even treating the soldiers right. That is why it is so
beyond me that anyone would die for these scoundrels that stab them in
the back. But because they are so foolish I do not pity them because
they continue to bring their troubles on themselves and still love the
lie. I can’t believe it. I still occassionally get mail from various
military charities like those for disabled vets and they tell me how
they are neglected by their government but then still turn around and
claim that fighting for these scoundrels is a just cause. I cannot give
to them in good conscience because that would only promote their
delusional madness. But it is like so often said that those who cry that
they are free the loudest are the ones most in bondage. That is why I
have never felt free in any of these churches because God is not there.
Where God is there is a spirit of freedom and liberty. We know that the
religious Pharisees are the opposite. They are power-hungry scoundrels
that love to put people in bondage to them. All these scoundrels will
burn in hell and those of us who are righteous will take part in judging
them (1Cor.6:2). In this life we may not exact revenge but in the
afterlife justice will be done and no one will dare question God’s
judgments.

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I am often guilty of using the term "freedom-loving Americans." But I think
the question now needs to be asked, Do Americans really cherish freedom
anymore? I believe an argument could be made that not many do. In fact, I
doubt that most Americans today remotely understand what freedom–as
envisioned by our Founding Fathers–even is.

Freedom is more than not being in prison (although America incarcerates more
people than any nation on earth). Freedom is more than driving a car, or
taking a vacation, or being able to choose your place of residence, or
attending a sporting event. People in totalitarian regimes have, for the
most part, been able to do the equivalent of all that.

The freedoms upon which America was founded are outlined in our Declaration
of Independence and Bill of Rights. The first principle of freedom is that
freedom is a gift of Almighty God. As God is the Giver of life, He is also
the Grantor of liberty. This was plainly stated by Thomas Jefferson in the
Declaration:  "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are
created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain
unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of
Happiness . . ."

Ask the average American today, Where do our rights come from? Most will
look at you funny and then blurt out, "From government." And, of course,
this is evidently the same opinion held by most of today’s politicians. To
them, freedom is whatever civil government says it is. Yes, I am saying it:
most politicians have a God-complex. And, unfortunately, it seems that most
Americans today are willing to go along with this calamitous charade.

Jefferson and the rest of America’s founders, however, rightly understood
that the only legitimate purpose of government was "to secure these rights."
The only legitimate purpose of civil government is to secure or protect the
freedoms and liberties that have been given to man by our Creator.

Jefferson went on to say that "whenever any Form of Government becomes
destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to
abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such
principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem
most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness." In other words, whenever
government stops protecting liberty and starts destroying liberty, it is the
right and duty of freedom-loving people to reform or replace such
illegitimate government with a government that will fulfill its legitimate
purpose. And that is exactly what our forefathers did in the late 1700s.
Sadly, here we are in the twenty-first century, the descendents of some of
the wisest and bravest men and women in history, and we do not even seem to
know what freedom is, much less have the courage to defend it.

For example, we will work for 30 years or more to purchase our own property.
After having done that, however, the property still does not belong to us.
We are required to pay the State–for the rest of our lives–a property tax
(to support concepts and ideas that many of us find reprehensible and
detestable, no less), or armed agents will confiscate our property and throw
us on the street. Pray tell me, what is the difference between this and the
feudal system of old? In reality, none of us own any property. We are all
serfs paying the feudal lord. Beyond that, our feudal masters even dictate
to us what we can and cannot do with this property we supposedly own. We do
not even have the right to manage and control our own land. And yet, we
Americans put up with this illegitimacy and still have the audacity to say,
"We are free." Again, we don’t know the meaning of the word.

Virtually everything we do and say is monitored by the great Nanny State.
Practically every service, every act is regulated by the State. Ask any
independent business owner how many regulations, laws, acts, etc., demand
fulfillment, and how many fees, taxes, permits, etc., are required by
various government agencies and bureaucracies before he can perform a single
task. For example, the federal government actually dictates how some
restaurants can seat people or serve tables. Farmers are told what and how
much to plant–and even to not plant. We cannot buy a gun, drive a car,
marry the person we love, or even install a toilet without saying, "Pretty
please?" to a dozen despots. And we still wave the flag every Independence
Day and brag about how "free" we are. Again, we don’t know the meaning of
the word.

And the people who should be more "jealous over" their liberties than
anyone–born-again Christians–are among the first to gladly relinquish
their freedom. I know of hundreds– perhaps thousands–of Christian College
employees who happily allow the school Gestapo to barge into their
homes–unannounced and uninvited–to inspect their private reading material,
or CD and video collections, and even their wardrobes. School officials tell
them where they must go to church, what attire their wives and children can
and cannot wear in public (off the job)–AND IN PRIVATE–and what amusements
they may and may not attend. I am not making it up. Adolf Hitler never had
the kind of control that some of these Christian Colleges exert over their
employees. And the remarkable thing is, these Christian employees would
still assume that they are "free." Again, they do not know the meaning of
the word.

And one would think that our veterans–of all people–would be among the
first to jealously guard freedom. How, then, can former and retired military
personnel sit back and allow the government they once proudly served to lie
to them, renege on promises, withhold medical care, abandon their friends
and family members still missing in action, and not utter a word of protest?
How can they allow their comrades-in-arms to sleep on the streets outside VA
clinics? While they were willing to travel halfway around the world–and
risk life and limb–to defend America against foreign enemies, many will sit
back right here at home and complacently watch while these glorified
miscreants–known as politicians–systematically strip this nation of the
very freedoms and liberties they swore to defend. Did they not take an oath
to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign AND DOMESTIC? If the
statistics I read are accurate, most veterans do not even vote. I ask, if we
do not know what freedom is at home, how can we fight wars across the world
and understand what we are fighting for?

Obviously, people who are receiving welfare, or other government handouts,
seldom complain about there being too much government, because they
personally benefit from the growth of the socialist state. This is also true
for many (but not all, thank God) government employees, of course. And
please remember that government cannot give a blessed thing without first
stealing it from someone else. Big Government is totally incompatible with
freedom. For that matter, so is Big Business and Big Religion. In fact, Big
Anything is incompatible with freedom. Even Big Cities.

So, I repeat the question, Do Americans really cherish freedom anymore? And,
if we do, what are we going to do about it? I believe that there are
specific and constructive steps that can be taken to restore liberty in this
land. (I will develop these thoughts later.) I further believe that there
are still millions of Americans who really do understand and cherish
freedom. We may be in a minority, but remember, we were also a minority in
1776. Freedom is laborious, onerous work. And not everyone enjoys hard work.
So be it. Let lazy, indolent fools wallow in their servitude. God will yet
see to it that there is a land of liberty for those who truly desire it and
are willing to fight for it. I firmly believe that.

Remember, liberty is a precious gift from our Creator. For those who fear
God, respect Natural Law, and love liberty, there is yet a "promised land."
We may have to do a little searching; we may have to rethink our priorities;
we may have to adjust our lifestyles; and yes, we may have to "pledge our
lives, fortunes, and sacred honor" in order to obtain it; but our forebears
thought it was worth it–and so do I.

As Friedrich Schiller wrote in William Tell:

"By this fair light which greeteth us, before
Those other nations, that, beneath us far,
In noisome cities pent, draw painful breath,
Swear we the oath of our confederacy!
A band of brothers true we swear to be,
Never to part in danger or in death!

"We swear we will be free as were our sires,
And sooner die than live in slavery!

"We swear, to put our trust in God Most High,
And not to quail before the might of man!"

Such people can never be enslaved. And I believe that such people still
exist in these United States of America. I count them my brothers. I offer
them my arm and my heart. After all, we are freedom-loving Americans.

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