We Have Only Memories Of Freedom?
Andrew Napolitano asks disturbing questions about government
preceding Memorial Day
By Andrew Napolitano
May 24, 2012 "Information
-- What if Memorial Day reminds us of times when we had more
freedom? What if freedom is dying right under our eyes? What if
the memory of the past is more fulfilling than the reality of
What if the federal government could write any law, regulate any
behavior and tax any event, no matter what the Constitution
authorized? What if the majority in Congress rejects the idea of
limited government and views the Constitution as granting it
blanket power to do whatever it can get away with? What if the
constitutional prohibition on the governmentís taking of life,
liberty or property without due process of law is only for show
and is not for real?
What if the House of Representatives seriously considered
letting the military lock up whatever Americans the president
ordered the troops to arrest, without charges filed or lawyers
present or a judge presiding? What if the House seriously
debated this idea of indefinite military detention of Americans
in America and actually voted in favor of it? What if this
unconstitutional monstrosity becomes the law and your right to
due process depends on whether you remain with the majority,
stay silent or behave properly? What if the Constitutionís
guarantees are not guarantees at all, but are subject to the
whims of whoever is in power?
What if the Declaration of Independence, which articulated the
moral authority for the revolution against Great Britain,
recognized that our rights come from our Creator and are
unalienable? What if very few in government recognize the divine
origin of human freedom and its natural integrity to our
What if the government only permitted freedom so long as it was
exercised as the government pleases? What if the government
rejected the basic values of every personís right to life and
liberty and property in favor of some collective good, where the
government could arrest you without evidence, ration your
freedom to suit the general welfare and take your property from
you and sell it at a profit?
What if the government could hire thugs to keep you safe? What
if it gave the thugs uniforms and badges and sent them to
airports? What if it gave them rubber gloves to wear and told
them they could touch you and your children and your parents
however and wherever they wished? What if these thugs touched
the private parts of little babies and old ladies and
intentionally restrained those who have criticized them while
the rest of us just watched and let this happen?
What if the airlines did a better job of keeping their customers
happy and their property safe than the thugs did? What if the
government spent millions of your tax dollars to advertise what
a great job itís doing? What if the government charged the
airlines millions of their dollars for the illusory services
these thugs are rendering? What if the governmentís thugs never
caught a single bad guy intent on harming a flight in America?
What if the governmentís thugs actually let weapons and bad guys
onto planes because the thugs are dopes who have no competition,
who canít be sued and who wonít be fired?
What if the government found more dopes and dupes and convinced
them that they should conspire to commit acts of terrorism? What
if the idea for terrorist acts and the means for committing them
came from the government? What if no real threats were involved
in these games and no real weapons were used, just fake threats
and fake weapons, fomented and provided by the government? What
if the government created these phony crimes just so that it
could solve them? What if no one was ever in danger from these
government-created crimes, except those the government tricked?
What if the government did this again and again and then boasted
that it was keeping us safe from its own creations? What if
Congress and the media and even the courts fell for this?
What if, on Memorial Day, we remember times that were freer than
today? What if, on Memorial Day, when we think of those who died
for our freedom, we end up recognizing that the freedom they
died for is dying? What if it becomes fashionable for the
government to ignore the Constitution? What if the Constitution
dies because the government stops following it? What if, next
Memorial Day, freedom is just a memory?
What do we do about it?
Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of
New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel
and anchor of "FreedomWatch" on Fox Business Network.
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