The United States was once a great nation, reaching its zenith in the post World War II years as we became “The” superpower. Sadly, we are now a nation in rapid decline, desperately trying to grasp onto our former glory.
I think we began to lose our credibility on the world stage during the Vietnam era. The events of September 11, 2001 were the catalyst that triggered our impending collapse and made us very afraid. Every day since those attacks we have been living in fear and desperation. Every move the government and the economy has made has been founded upon that fear.
On that day, we lost our freedom, not to a group of terrorists but to our own countrymen. We willingly handed it to the very people we elected to represent us and maintain our freedom. There never needs to be an other act of Jihadist terrorism on American soil because on 9/11 they won the war with one swift blow. The government picked up where the terrorists left off and proceeded to erode our freedoms one by one.
I am certain American-style capitalism will go the way of Soviet-style communism. It is unsustainable and will collapse under the weight of the infrastructure required to maintain it. Ironically, it’s the same infrastructure with different names applied. Essentially, Capitalism and Communism are different points on the same spectrum and it eventually circles around and becomes the same thing. Our best economic paradigm probably lies somewhere in the middle with a balanced mix of capitalism and socialism.
The phrase “Freedom isn’t free” is tossed around so much these days that it has become an almost meaningless cliché. Freedom certainly is not free and giving your life for it may be the ultimate price. However, it’s not just our service men and women that are called upon to pay the price of freedom. We all have a share in that cost. As citizens we have a duty and an obligation to be educated and knowledgeable about the government that represents us and to hold them accountable for their actions and their decisions. We need to call them out when they do things that are detrimental to the nation and in opposition to the needs of their constituency. Ultimately, we are all responsible for the actions of our government through the decisions we make at the polls via our votes. Choosing not to vote is essentially a vote to agree with the results of the election because you simply don’t care.
We pay an even higher price for living in fear. When you live in fear you are not free at all and that fear will ultimately cost you your soul as an individual, as a society, and as a nation. Benjamin Franklin said that those willing to trade liberty for the illusion of safety and security deserve neither. I fully agree and I would add that if you’re religiously inclined, trading freedom and liberty for the illusion of safety and security is a deal with the Devil and the price you pay will be your soul. I mean that metaphorically but if you follow certain religious persuasions then perhaps you should take that literally.