janis joplin would say that it is "just another word for nothing left to lose" and i would say it might be a fairly accurate description. we, here in america, have believed for a couple of centuries that we have cornered the market on freedom- but what exactly does it mean? i think that there is this nebulous, lofty idea that we carry around but i don't know if we understand fully what freedom is. now, we can point to nations in africa and the middle east- and even south america- and say with certainty that their governments do not promote 'freedom' for their people. why? because those places are clearly run by dictatorial style governments. our fate is perhaps less apparent.
time got me thinking from the last post- he suggested that i overstated my opinion that we are living in a police state and that we have the government that we voted for since very few of us actually go out to vote in our democratic republic. i can't say that i disagree. no- we are not a full blown police state yet- not all of us anyway. how long do you think we will remain that way? for all of the reasons and legislation stated in the last post- we are there on the edge of a police state. and so i ask again- what is freedom to america?
getting up and going to work and sending your children to a compulsory public school; going to work to earn money to live in the type of home you can afford and buy the things that you need and want with no thought to it; being able to fly or drive anywhere to visit friends and relatives; having the ability to call or email anyone in the world at any time of the day. now, i submit to you that your freedom has become an illusion. we have sacrificed our freedom for convenience.
we are at the mercy of anyone and everyone- because we are no longer self sufficient. i am not advocating that we all sell our homes and become subsistence farmers again- but looking at the bigger picture is never a bad thing. think about your daily life- and think about it in the context of the aforementioned legislation and actions of this government. your home's power is controlled; your food sources are controlled; your water sources are controlled; your finances are controlled- by big mega corporations. big commercial farms and energy companies and municipalities and banks and whatnot. all very convenient- but out of your control. you get cable tv- and have 6 or 8 choices for your 'news' but what happens when you flip between a few? you find that they are all carrying the same stories. food in the stores- you have 8 different choices for snacks and they are mostly different companies' brands of potato chips. meat on sale in the store? one week it is all beef and the next- pork. think about it. think about how easy it would be to cut off power or water or food to regions of the country who might resist a police state. think about it in the context of this winter- cold temps and deep snows.
it isn't a call to give up your life- it is a call to think about it. think about what freedom really is- and think about the best way to save it. think about what it really is we are working for. look beneath the surface at the way things really are- instead of the facade. america is famous for the 'double lives' we lead. white picket fence on the inside with termites at the foundation of the house on the inside. puritans vs. porn. just think about it.