I (virtually) hang out in a lot of places where the concept that the America of the Founding Fathers is, if not dead, close to it. The more optimistic holders of this opinion try and rally support to fight back; and I’m not going to say they’re wrong. The fight is not lost. Anyway, one of the perennial topics of discussion is where the line is, was, or will be when Freedom was compromised.
IMHO, Carrie Nation did it – when it became acceptable for the power of the Federal Government to bind by law the options of We The People to control our own bodies (by them restricting what we can consume recreationally). The rest of the lost freedoms follow – the privacy abuses of the War on Terror™ follow from the War on Drugs™, which descends from that axe-wielding heroine of the progressives.
Once again, the enemies of freedom have had nearly a century to work, and the forces of freedom are just now counterattacking. Rome wasn’t built in a day, neither will the Constitution be restored in our lifetimes. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. For that matter, it doesn’t mean that we aren’t living in a time of unprecedented freedom – for all that we’ve lost since 1787, we’ve gained plenty more, especially if you’re not a rich white hetero male…
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