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November 14, 2012

Letter: Our freedom is slowly slipping away

To the editor:

We have lost our way. Our Constitution is a brilliant document that was authored by the most forward-thinking men of the times, or any times, for that matter. The voters of current day and recent history have managed to elect leaders that not only disregard that document but downright trample on it at times.

The Constitution is not a “living document.” It is a document that was meant to give very limited powers to our government; to protect the people from a tyrannical government. Freedom does not exist in a vacuum, nor does it die a swift death. As a modern-day American, you do not even have to “earn” this freedom as thousands of men spilled their blood at the dawn of America’s time to win it for you. Many multiples of thousands have since shed their blood, not to spread freedom and its ideals, but to protect it from encroaching powers that would eliminate it entirely.

Although freedom in America no longer must be earned, it must be kept secure via the actions of the people who wish to remain under its umbrella. The first, second and fourth amendments are vital to freedom and its survival. These are the amendments we see marginalized the most. Every American has the right to free speech, the right to own weapons for self-defense and the right to expect that they will be secure in their papers and possessions from unreasonable search and seizure. It is of the utmost importance that we realize that rights are not granted by the Constitution but rather the Constitution is meant to tell the government that it may not interfere with or restrict any of these rights for any reason. Pay attention to what is going on around us.

Free speech is still largely allowed, with the caveat that it is allowed so long as select groups are not offended. This is sometimes referred to as political correctness.

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