"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” -- Isaiah 5:20 (KJV)
There is a funny thing about people. We tend to accept any idea that will address an immediate concern without considering the long-term consequences. We are also gullible, falling for an argument that makes sense on the surface, without digging deeper into the agenda of the person making the argument. This is especially true when it comes to the issues of safety and security,
Benjamin Franklin said, “He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.” Yet, as short-sighted Americans we cannot see how any law or regulation that provides safety and security on the surface can have negative connotations in the future.
Israel’s ancient King Solomon built one of the world’s most lavish temples. It was so breathtaking that the Queen of Sheba feinted at the sight of it. When Babylonians conquered Israel, they utterly destroyed the structure and carried off the holy temple vestments and thousands of slaves
Seventy years later Nehemiah returned to his homeland to rebuild the temple. When they saw the product of his efforts the old men, who remembered the magnificence of Solomon’s effort, wept because the new temple bore no resemblance to the former one.
Freedom is precious. Our founders built a glorious republic. But today our young citizens seem to have no remembrance of how great this nation was even fifty years ago, let alone having no concept of what a precious gift true freedom was.
Instead we are in the process of trading that freedom for a few years of perceived security. But are we really secure? Are we truly safe?
There are three federal entities that must be scrutinized with a watchful eye on our freedom: the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Security Agency (NSA), and the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare).
With over 17,000 employees the EPA, headquartered in Washington, D.C., conducts environmental assessment, research, and education. It is responsible for maintaining and enforcing national standards under a variety of environmental laws. EPA enforcement powers include fines, sanctions, and other measures. The agency also works with industries and all levels of government in enforcing a wide variety of voluntary and mandatory rules and regulations
The NSA is the central producer and manager of signals intelligence for the United States. It is the largest of U.S. intelligence organizations in terms of personnel and budget and operates under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense and reports to the Director of National Intelligence. The NSA is tasked with global monitoring, collection, decoding, translation and analysis of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes through clandestine means, among which is physically bugging electronic systems and engaging in sabotage through subversive software.
The ACA (Obamacare) is a United States federal statute signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 23, 2010. It represents the most significant government expansion and regulatory overhaul of the country's healthcare system since the passage of Medicare and Medicaid in 1965. The ACA was written with the intention of increasing the quality, affordability, and rate of health insurance coverage for Americans, and reducing the costs of health care for individuals and the government. The law requires insurance companies to cover all applicants within new minimum standards and offer the same rates regardless of preexisting conditions or sex. As a result of ACA rules and government overreaching, costs are skyrocketing and businesses are laying off workers to counteract the penalties for non-compliance.
All three of these governmental entities have regulatory power with little or no oversight. Already we have seen that the EPA is enforcing regulations that stymie innovation and business expansion. The NSA is actively spying on law-abiding Americans without bothering to acquire warrants. And the ACA, while controlling one-sixth of the U.S. economy, keeps adding more regulations even before the old regulations have been implemented.
All this in the name of safety and security … for Mother Earth, for our citizens, and for our citizens’ health. So how long before we get to the point of no return where the government has so much control of our lives that we are living in a tyrannical police state?
It may already be here.