Thankful for fading freedoms

by Chuck Norris

Abraham Lincoln once said, “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”

But what if those who restrict our freedoms are the very people who are in charge of securing them?

Over just the past year, Washington has worked double time to limit your liberties, despite the fact that such reductions have been cloaked under the guise of governmental progress.

First and foremost, Washington has reduced our freedoms and restricted our future by heaping upon our posterity astronomical amounts of debt, trying to jump-start the credit circus in our economy. Despite borrowing $787 billion from China to stimulate the economy with a promise to cap unemployment at 8 percent, unemployment has climbed to 10.2 percent and shows no sign of decreasing. And right now, a record 14 percent of homeowners are either in foreclosure or behind by at least one mortgage payment.

Because of Washington’s excessive spending, bailouts and borrowing, the value of the dollar has decreased, which has restricted our financial freedoms further. Since just March 2009, the US Dollar Index, which measures the strength of the dollar against other major currencies, plunged more than 15 percent, making US stocks cheaper for foreign investors.

Washington also is reducing our medical choices or freedoms, by mandating a government option upon all of us.

Despite the biggest economic recession since the Great Depression, like a ramrod, Washington believes it’s also a good time to force another $1 trillion on American taxpayers, by providing another governmental entitlement, called universal health care.

In so doing, Washington is reducing our financial freedoms further and slowing future economic recovery by placing even more increased debt and taxes upon all of us.

Toadd insult to injury, Washington is going around the backdoor toprovide illegals with universal health care by seeking their amnesty.That means Americans eventually would pay for another 14 millionpeople’s government health care. Amnesty also would reduce the numberof jobs available to the unemployed by adding more to the legal workforce and simultaneously would slow down the rate of the unemployed’sbeing re-employed.

Washingtonalso has reduced our speech freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment,by passing a hate crimes bill that was amended to the National DefenseAuthorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, criminalizing conservative freespeech if it can be proved to have contributed to assaults based uponsexual orientation.

TheWhite House even has reduced religious freedoms, by belittlingAmerica’s rich Judeo-Christian heritage, enabling a secular-progressiveand pro-Islamic agenda, and remaining indifferent to certain issuessuch as the American Civil Liberties Union’s disposal in the MojaveDesert and at Mount Soledad of memorial crosses for veterans. It alsohas turned a blind eye to the whitewashing of our godly heritage fromWashington’s historic landmarks and on US artifacts.

Inaddition, Washington would restrict religious freedoms and freedoms ofconscience by forcing pro-life citizens to pay for abortions viauniversal health care.

Washingtonalso has reduced our Second Amendment firearm freedoms by appointinganti-gun advocates, such as Justice Sonia Sotomayor and theOccupational Safety and Health Administration’s David Michaels, byseeking to micromanage gun ownership via proposed legislation,including HR 45, and by politics as usual, such as blaming guns ratherthan Islamic extremism for the shootings at Fort Hood. (Those whobelieve that the Second Amendment is a foundational right and freedommight want to consider my new limited edition Chuck Norris TributeRevolver — available through America Remembers — on their Christmaswish lists.)

Washingtonalso has reduced our freedoms (and those of our service members) byincreasing the threats to our country via the delay in response to ourgenerals’ requests for more troops in Afghanistan, allowing Gitmodetainees and terrorists to come to the US, and enabling homegrownterrorists, such as Maj. Nidal Hasan, within the very fabrics of ourmilitary.

As I consider these many freedom robbers and the political culprit enabling them all, two thoughts repeatedly come to my mind.

Thefirst is from Daniel Webster, who said, “The contest for ages has beento rescue liberty from the grasp of executive power.” I believe we arein the fight of our lives — since the Revolution itself — for Americanfreedoms. I don’t know who said it, but I definitely prefer libertywith danger to peace with slavery.

Thesecond thought is one attributed to M. Grundler: “It is easy to takeliberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.”

I don’t think I ever have been as thankful for American freedoms as I am now.

Imust admit that I’m appallingly alarmed that some of them might notexist at all by this time next year. Like a sunset dropping over thehorizon of our Founders’ dreams, our freedoms are vanishing from view.

Soif you lack something for which to be thankful this Thanksgiving, youdon’t need to be eloquent; just bow your head, and say from your heartthis simple prayer a good friend wrote and sent to me: God is great Guns are good, Let us thank them for our food and freedoms. Amen.

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