Bush's Cheap Talk of Freedom!

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By giving to government officials our comings and goings and submitting to body and baggage checks, and failing to halt Congress on extending the Patriot Act for another decade, we are submitting to the 'cowering leadership' of this country which has a desperate craving for ever more information about us and foreigners alike. And their cravings will continue to grow with their fear. The American public is offering up its freedom and liberties in precisely the same manner the German people offered up theirs to Hitler and his henchman, in the name of patriotism and security.

Pres. Bush said on July 11:

As Prime Minister Blair said after the attacks in London, 'Our determination to defend our values and our way of life is greater than their determination to cause death and destruction to innocent people.' The attack in London was an attack on the civilized world. And the civilized world is united in its resolve: We will not yield. We will defend our freedom."

But we are not defending our freedom. Defending our freedom would be securing our borders against those who would harm us, so we could continue to exercise the freedom and liberty we have so loved and enjoyed these last few centuries. But, instead we are allowing thugs and terrorists to frighten us away from our open and free society. President Bush and Congress are offering freedom to Iraqis while taking it away from Americans. The President says we love our freedom. But, does one give up that which one loves out of fear? Most Americans don't see it, but we continue to give more and more freedom away to legislation like the Patriot Act which comes straight out of the Nazi play book. Our willingness to live free is unquestionably being given away to the President's and Republican's fears and insatiable desire for control.

There was a time when Americans were free to visit the Capital. There was a time when Americans of any party could attend speeches by the President or attend fundraisers to hear what the party had to say. No longer. There was a time when we could drive by the Capital, park and walk to the gates and gaze upon that shrine of a living democracy called the Whitehouse. There was a time when we could walk right in to visit and speak with our Representatives in Congress or one of their aids. No longer. There was a time when we could travel from coast to coast and back again without the government ever being aware we'd left home. There was a time when secrecy in the government had to fight with the people's right and need to know what its government is doing and how. No longer. There was a time when what books one checked out of the library or what one said on a telephone was no one's business but our own. No longer.

Is America that afraid that it will give up so much freedom of access to government, or is it the politicians who are afraid and deny it to us? Is America so fearful for its monuments and government buildings that it will cordon them off from public access, or is it the politicians who are afraid of working too close to such targets? Is it Americans who so fear each other and strangers that they now need to know who every individual is and where they are going and coming from, or is it the politicians who are afraid of Americans and foreigners alike? This fear by our leadership is leading us all toward a potentially very dangerous social phenomena.

Mental depression and terrorist headlines will prove to be a dangerous mix as we move forward. Almost 19 million Americans experience depressive illness. MedicineNet.com reports: "The suicide rate in young people increased dramatically over the last few decades. In 1997, suicide was the 3rd leading cause of death among 15 to 24 year olds." Giving up freedom to a police state that checks our luggage, our handbags, our clothing, and now, even our bodies is certainly not going to be any cure for depression and anxiety. Depression is a precursor to many suicides. What a waste of life to kill oneself to escape the pain of depression and loss. How enticing will it be for depressed individuals to read about suicide bombers and realize, they can end their pain and do it for a noble and justifying cause? Our schools have already witnessed mass suicide murders at the hands of depressed young American students as occured at Columbine.

How large a leap is it from guns to bombs by young depressed American students? And what cause could justify suicide bombing by young Americans in America? Why, freedom, of course. The ultimate freedom. Freedom from one's pain of depression and freedom from the perceived agony of anonymity. Suicide bombers in America who will blow themselves up for freedom will get their names recorded in history. The day may be coming when young suicidal American bombers will invite dying for a cause instead of worthlessness. They will have the cause of freedom, and the demonstration of patriotism to bolster their suicide bombing of symbols of this police state, which we are becoming.

There are many ways to bolster American security without stripping Americans of their liberties and freedoms enjoyed throughout our history. But, the Republicans refuse to budge; nothing short of a police surveillance state in which every movement of every human being outside their home is tracked and recorded, will make these fearful people feel safe, so they think. The truth is, nothing short of the kind of control Adolph Hitler had over his people will let these people sleep at ease. These leaders of ours are full of fear which is beginning to border on paranoia.

Ladies and gentlemen, this Patriot Act is little more than a self-fulfilling prophecy. The more we restrict freedom in America for Americans, the more home-grown terrorists we will create, and they will have the greatest historical and most noble principle and cause of all to die for in their depressed minds, Freedom. Can any rational dispassionate mind fail to see what horrors this restriction of freedom and consent to intrusion upon our personal lives portends? Do we really want America to travel the path of Nazi Germany or champion the need for partisan rebels who use terrorism in defense of American individual freedoms?

We have been ever increasing the power of the Presidency over the decades in response to the cold war, the Viet Nam protests and civil rights turmoil, and now the war on Terrorism. We have been eroding the checks and balances so carefully but fragilely woven into the Constitution. When does it end, this erosion of freedom? Where will it stop, this intrusion into our lives by the state? When will we wake up in America and realize we no longer live in the land of the free, and the home of the brave?

We are all being asked to sacrifice. But when a people are asked to sacrifice freedom and they yield to that request, they become a society that values control, not freedom. Under President Bush, despite his political rhetoric to the contrary, freedom has become the enemy. Under the Republican's leadership, freedom of travel, freedom of movement, and freedom from prying eyes of the state have all become a threat. Nothing makes this statement more emphatic than attempting to renew the Patriot Act unchanged for another decade.

Make no mistake fellow Americans, President Bush and most Republicans are working very hard against freedom in America and against you and your children's freedom today, tomorrow, and forever. And they do this because they are afraid. America cannot afford fearful leadership in this time of threat from within and without.

Home of the brave? Land of the Free? Not anymore. We are rapidly becoming the home of the fearful and land of police surveillance. If we continue on this path, those living in Communist China in 2020 will have more freedom of movement and freedom from government than we will have in America.


Dear David,

A while ago you replied to an essay I posted on religion, science, morality and so on. See:


In answer to your comment, please see:



Alex Alaniz, PhD

Dr. Alaniz, thank you. I am backlogged on my reading, but, I have added your book to my reading list. The reviews posted at the link you provided are favorable to say the least. I look forward to it.


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