One might consider a weapon an effective tool to corral a massive populace; however, something much smaller is capable of inciting a grip not easily reversed – the pen. Confirming this assumption, is Edward George Bulwer-Lyton, who said, “Beneath the rule of men entirely great the pen is mightier than the sword.” Revolution begins in the minds of men, then traverses to the heart. Once a concept or idea has penetrated the minds and hearts of people, the brushfire of revolution has begun. This brushfire is not easily quenched, when the concept is sharp enough to pierce even minds of negligence. As Terry Pratchett has said, “The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp.” Influential use of words should always be the first approach to resolving any conflict, for a dominating pen can avoid heavy casualties, when an ember of knowledge is shared.
Liberty of expression is a First Amendment right of Americans; such rights were bought with the most precious commodity – the blood of our forefathers. Though secured centuries ago, Americans have been relinquishing their liberties for far too long. Trading rights for pleasure and safety has become a norm; after all, the National Safety Agency (NSA) spying on Americans cell phone use is a matter of national security. As John Adams said in 1765, “Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it derived from our Maker…But if we had not, our fathers have earned it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.” We, as a people, have become too comfortable sitting amongst our amenities – spoiled by pleasure and lavished by objects. Awake from your slumber, America, while liberty is defendable. History earmarks mistakes of other countries. Learn from history, or be doomed to repeat it.
Consider the history of Russia, which was caught sleeping in the wake of communism. Communism was heaved upon Russian nationalists and accompanying the new burden of communism came five cumbersome tariffs. Two of the five tariffs, ink and paper, were so severe Russians lost all authority to oppose communism. Fiscal tariffs were so severe, that nationalists, no matter how wealthy, could afford ink, paper or both. Slowly Russians became enslaved as opposing was too exorbitant. Russians lost the ability of self-expression. Similar to Russia, America is facing restrictions of First Amendment rights, which has secured Americans’ liberty of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. Critical is the history of complacency because America faces an invasion of tyrannical concepts. For example, Democratic hopeful Hillary Clinton has announced on several occasions a necessity to quench the fire of the First Amendment and halt liberty of expression. Specifically, the former first-lady and Democratic frontrunner was reported saying, by the Chicago Sun Times, “We need to fix our dysfunctional political system and get unaccounted money out of it, once and for all, even if that takes a constitutional amendment.” Clinton’s call for revision, targets American-based corporations and businesses right to sponsor and promote freedom of speech – a right currently secured by the First Amendment. Propositions were not raised by Clinton, until ExxonMobil denied the Clinton Foundation their annual one-million dollar contribution to Clinton’s Foundation, which also sponsors the Clinton Campaign.
Why do Clinton and her bureaucratic friends want to extinguish liberty? Liberty was strategically woven into the fabric of the Constitution and Bill of Rights by the founding-fathers, and these liberties stand between where the bureaucrats are and where they want to go. Edmund Burke once said, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Caution, America, your liberties are being assaulted and there is a lack of good men and women willing to stand for what our fathers so willing perished for – liberty. The flame of liberty must be stoked, if preservation shall occur.
In preservation of liberty, Americans must begin exercising rights in order to preserve liberty for generations. Rekindling liberty can also be accomplished, by sharing embers of knowledge with anyone willing to listen. I once considered the Second Amendment the most important American liberty; after all, the Second Amendment was established to oppose tyranny. I now have a new perspective – liberty is secured through the First Amendment. Without the uninhibited ability to speak about the liberty movement, America would be doomed. Begin igniting brush fires in the minds and hearts of friends and family. Tend to the fire of liberty. Ensure the flame goes unquenched. Awake, America; something is burning.
Written by Dutch Smith