It is a cancer. By the time it is discovered, much of the damage has been done. The war on freedom in America and throughout the Western world was once fought under the radar, a war for the mind. It was fought primarily with words, the battlegrounds: college campuses, movies and television.
Today, the war is fought in court, in the legislatures, before “human rights commissions”, and on your front porch.
The weapons are laws, unconstitutional regulations, illegal searches and seizures, violations of due process and human rights, and outright violence. Years ago, Obama’s indefinite detention policy was a warning shot across the bow.
Much of the war for the mind has been lost, with about 50% of Americans believing white men and capitalism the sources of all evil, even more in Europe believing the same, even to the point of allowing Jihadists to rape women without consequence.
Once cherished ideas about individual human rights, liberty, due process, equal protection, limited government, self-government, even the presumption of innocence, all thrown out, or under siege.
Those standing in the center of the arena defending freedom—a valiant minority—are attacked from every point of the compass. Even those on the right attack freedom, and usually the excuse is security/law and order.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently announced his Civil Forfeiture policy. The policy is not new but it is very troubling in light of concerns about freedom, the power of the state, and the role of law enforcement. Here is a summation by the Cato Institute, “Policing for Profit”:
Under state and federal law, police departments can seize and keep property that is suspected of involvement in criminal activity. Unlike criminal asset forfeiture, however, with civil forfeiture, a property owner need not be found guilty of a crime—or even charged—to permanently lose his cash, car, home, or other property. And according to a new report (2010) published by the Institute for Justice, “Policing for Profit: The Abuse of Civil Asset Forfeiture,” most state laws are written in such a way as to encourage police agents to pursue profit instead of seeking the neutral administration of justice.
In a recent announcement, Sessions assured us abuse by the state will not be a concern because law enforcement is so professional in this country, no one need fear illegal search and seizure. Really? So we simply throw out due process and trust the police exclusively? Are we then to ignore the 4th Amendment just as the governor of Oregon wants us to ignore the 2nd Amendment?
Gov. Kate Brownshirt in Oregon, thanks to legislative co-conspirators, will sign into law a gun control measure that defies the 2nd Amendment and due process with one swipe of her fascist pen. Here is the analysis by the Oregon Firearms Federation:
Today (7.6.17) the Oregon House approved one of the most dangerous, hateful and mean-spirited pieces of legislation ever introduced. SB 719 A, the product of Republican Senator Brian Boquist’s collusion with the most militant anti-gunners in the legislature, will now allow the police to come to your home and confiscate your firearms and “deadly weapons” with no (official) accusation or conviction of a crime. Now a vindictive family or household member has the power to have your rights and property stolen from you simply because they chose to make an accusation against you.
Based only on an accusation, a judge can order police to come to your home unannounced with no hearing and barge into our home and confiscate pretty much anything they deem a “deadly weapon”, including all your firearms. To have your property and your rights restored, you must prove your innocence!
The day has arrived in Oregon where citizens’ rights no longer matter to the state. Notice Republicans and Democrats working together to destroy your constitutional rights. If they can do it here with guns, they can do it anywhere with anything.
The cancer is not new, but it is growing.
For years, anyone with the barbarity to object to sanctified sodomy has been hounded, prosecuted, fined and driven bankrupt. Likewise are dealt those barbarians who protest the murder of babies and the selling of their parts. Freedom rings only for the politically correct and the “viable”. However, notice how the monster is now turning on its own.
Famed atheist, leftwing scientist Richard Dawkins has been celebrated by secular humanists and communists for years. He is considered a patron saint of the radical far left, but there is a disturbance in the force. Dawkins was slated to address the enlightened, inquiring minds in Berkeley, but no more. Seems Dawkins’ views on supremacist Islam—however accurate and compelling—-simply won’t wash in the home of the free speech movement. Once booked, now canceled, Dawkins is not welcome, joining others so shunned: Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos.
Berkeleyites would be glad to hear Dawkins’ harangues against Christians, however ridiculous, but somehow his accurate assessment of Jihad is anathema. Thus, at Berkeley, free speech, intellectual integrity, academic freedom and common sense must give way to the tyranny of political correctness. And with all tyrannies, freedom is destroyed by mindless thugs.
In the war against freedom, battles against free thought and free speech are quite necessary you see.
More than 100 years ago, communists and anarchists and atheists vowed to destroy the West. They have been more devoted and active than American patriots and Christians ever since. So is it any surprise we find ourselves up against the wall or surrounded by enemies of every stripe, even those within, metastasizing?