EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


July 9, 2014

Letter: What has happened to our cherished freedom and liberty?

To the editor:

It is Independence Day weekend and there is not readily found the expectation of privacy, a healthy share of freedom or something beyond a small, token measure of what we once recognized as individual liberty. Maybe they’re in storage somewhere, but almost certainly those cherished gifts once resided right in the living rooms of the large majority of Americans. At least that’s where they were last seen, but, admittedly, that was a while ago.

Most Americans did not imagine that these would be at risk while all the hope and change were occurring. The changes were supposed to be more along the lines of more inclusiveness and less divisiveness; more civility and honest dialogue and less demonizing imagined enemies; more integrity and less insipid politics; and, most importantly, more truth and transparency and less insulting spin and clannish insulation.

These promised results have not happened. What has happened is that our military has been, and continues to be, weakened at a time when we must be strong and prepared, recognizing that the threats to our freedom are real and are not going to simply disappear because we are, after all, the United States of America. What has happened is that our borders have been obliterated and the invasion goes on unabated, exacerbated greatly, in fact, by he who received more votes but who acts as if he were in actuality enthroned. What has happened is that our would-be royal and his minions, in order to perpetuate an adopted myth of strength, have borrowed from other nations at a suicidal rate, pushing this once strongest of nations to the brink of financial peril, owing others far more than we can presently afford or in future repay.

There are two persistent, intertwined and gnawing possibilities concerning what has happened. Number one is that, as a nation, we are compromised by and are therefore vulnerable as a result of these realities. Number two is that these changes have been pursued either as errors of judgment or by design.

Barry McCloskey





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