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"WE hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, 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 a 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."
At no time since these famous words were written has the concept of individual liberty been more endangered throughout the world. The men and women that designed the government of the United States were keenly aware of the dangers of unbridled governmental power, so they built a system that would be resistant to the ravages of corruption and tyranny.
Over time, however, the people of the United States became accustomed to a government, "of the people, by the people, and for the people," and basked in the economic and personal freedom that such a government provided. Slowly and insidiously, the depth and breadth of the U.S. Federal government's reach has expanded, often in response to addressing a great wrong or implementing the will of the people.
We have reached a point, however, where we no longer fear a government run amok, but instead search for the holy grail of "safety." The citizens of the United States have become willing to forfeit small freedoms to purchase safer streets, lower crime rates, or even to impose one's own political or religious agenda upon others.
The dangers of such apathy were forseen by Benjamin Franklin:
"Those that would sacrifice essential liberty for temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Examples of such forfeitures abound, but some of the more notable include the blatantly-unconstitutional seizure laws under which the U.S. Customs Service and the Drug Enforcement Agency conduct the so-called "drug war," the recurring attempts by recent administrations to crush legitimate firearms dealers and manufacturers under the weight of taxpayer-financed civil lawsuits attempting to hold them responsible for the criminal use of their products, and the on-going battles to eliminate religious expression for the sake of maintaining "separation of church and state."
The founding fathers must surely be rolling over in their graves.
Well, it's time to do something about it, and goal of this web site is to educate people about their history, their rights, and the gradual erosion of personal liberty in the United States and around the world. Click here for more information on how you can join the fight for liberty!