I wondered recently if I was the only person feeling our freedom is slowly being eaten away by ever encroaching government. I posted the question on FaceBook and found out that it is a concern of others, as well.
While we have not yet moved into a state of terror, there is much fear. A lot of it caused by an ever changing state of uncertainty in what tomorrow brings. What else will we lose? What new laws will be forced upon us?
If you have never read the Scarlet Pimpernel books by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, I highly recommend them to give a new perspective to what are actually age old problems. History of the French Revolution also sheds a lot of light on what we are experiencing today. Who would have thought that events from over 200 years ago would correlate so closely to world events here and now? But, as it is said, "Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it."
The American Revolution was about the rights of individuals. The French Revolution was about the rights of the collective. The American Revolution was about allowing individuals to keep what they possessed. The French Revolution was about the state taking what individuals possessed. Which one sounds more like our government today?
A ten month period of the French Revolution is known as the Reign of Terror. There were mass executions and the guillotine became the symbol of the revolutionary cause. During this time the government enacted more and more legislation aimed at repressing any and all resistance to the complete domination of all facets of life by the state. They declared a state religion that did not include God, fixed the price of bread, confiscated property, indoctrinated children, and forced people to work in state-run industries. Any of this sound a wee bit familiar?
I fear we are going, or being dragged, down a path that we do not want to walk. Like those poor souls in long ago France, heading to the guillotine. It is not the French Queen, Marie Antoinette, getting beheaded this time, but Liberty that is being chopped into smaller and smaller pieces. Soon so small that it will essentially not exist at all.
How ironic that the Statue of Liberty was a gift from France. Might it be that another gift from France could be our ability to learn anew about the lessons of the past, ours and theirs? Do we want to move forward with individual nobility as America did in 1776? Or do we want to move forward in collective terror as France did in 1789?
Now is the time to choose. Now and in November 2012. I choose liberty. I choose rights. Therefore, I am going to vote with the Right. Cast a Conservative vote to conserve your future vote. Because liberty is slowing being eroded unless we put a stop to the Far Left agenda . . . NOW!
© Suzann C. Darnall, OCTOBER 2011