Is Too Much Freedom Bringing America Down?
America is the greatest nation in the world. I hate to think what this world would be like without America. Just look back in history. If America wasn’t around, the whole world might be speaking German right now. And that’s only one example. America has come to the aid of many countries over the years. We have given aid to so many people around the world. This country has done so much for freedom around the world that I truly believe that the world would be in bloody chaos if it were not for the good old U.S. Of A. Our people have fought and died all over the world so that other people can enjoy just some of the many freedoms we enjoy ourselves. Throughout history, America has been a beacon to people all around the world. We have come through the Revolutionary war, our Civil War, two world wars, and are now in what many people think is our biggest fight of all. The war on terrorism is what many people think is world war III, and I have to agree. Terrorism is definitely a world threat, and must be fought wherever the terrorists are hiding. Like all other wars, we are fighting so we can be free. If anything is worth fighting for, it is definitely freedom.
FREEDOM: (Merriam-Webster on line)
The quality or state of being free.
a) The absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action
b) Liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another
c) The quality or state of being exempt or released, usually from something onerous.
d) The quality of being frank, open or outspoken.
e) Boldness of conception
f) Unrestricted use.
g) Total absence of restraint, to merely a sense of not being unduly hampered or frustrated.
Those definitions of freedom are what Americans have fought and died for, for so manyyears. It seems ironic that the very thing we have fought and died for over the years, is the very thing that is destroying our society today.
My father once told me that too much of anything is not good for you. Moreover, I believe this also applies to freedom. It seems that we have so much freedom in this country, that we are headed into an ‘anything goes’ society. And when you have an anything goes society, chaos and anarchy is sure to follow.
Over the years the rules of society have just gotten more lax. And once you get to where we are as a people, it’s hard to take back what you already have given. Remember the old saying, “give them an inch, and they’ll take a mile”. Each time society gets a little more liberal, there is always another window to go through. When are we as a people going to say, enough is enough, and put our foot down? And say ‘that’s it’. I, as an individual, have already come to that point. I cannot believe this is the same country that I grew up in. I was born in 1952. I am a baby boomer. And I feel now like I think the cowboys of the old west must have felt when civilization moved west. Men that lived in the late 1800’s that moved into the new century, and found themselves in a different new world that they didn’t understand. Like the Margret Mitchell novel, their whole way of life was gone with the wind. However, I guess that’s what progress is all about.
A society has to have parameters, certain rules that keep us a strong society, a moral society and a just society. Over the years, I have watched as our society started to crumble because those same parameters have been crumbling. We have had a Constitution in this country since 1776, why in all that time did no one think to walk around naked in public, now around the country in the name of freedom, they walk around naked. God was once our cornerstone as a society, now in the name of freedom he is mocked, ridiculed and defaced. Parents used to raise and protect their kids the way they thought was right, Now in the name of freedom, a school can give a girl birth control pills without telling the parents. Right or wrong, it does not matter what people do anymore, because it is their right.
It appears to me, as we have broken down those parameters, we have lost our country, freedom without parameters and common sense is crumbling our society and we sit and ignore it all in the name of freedom.
This is one man’s opinion.