When barack obama first ran for president, he promised to transform America. Five years later, the transformation is nearly complete. It’s not the kind of future you all envisioned when you voted for him, and it’s certainly nothing like the shiny, false promises he duped you into believing.
Were our Founding Fathers to see what’s become of America, they’d be horrified. Two hundred and thirty-seven years ago, they struggled and fought a war to bring forth a new nation, conceived in liberty. Then, in the Spring of 1787, they met in Philadelphia to craft a lasting document to forever preserve justice, welfare, and freedom for the American people. When Benjamin Franklin exited the hall where the Constitution had just been drafted, so the story goes, a woman on the street asked, “What have we got: a monarchy or a republic?” “A republic,” Franklin replied, “if you can keep it.”
And for two centuries we kept it, but now it’s all but slipped through our fingers. Free speech, freedom of assembly — remember when we had those? Protection from illegal search and seizure, the right to a speedy trial and to face your accusers? Nice to have, yes, but what with the war on terror and all …. Oh, and the pursuit of happiness? When a CEO makes 478 times what his employees do, there ain’t much happiness left over to pursue.
All good things must come to an end, they say. When the Constitution was written, it granted liberties and opportunity unparalleled in human history. It was a great gift, purchased with blood and toil, to future generations. We’re the generation that pawned that gift for base amusement, for comforts and distractions.
“No people will tamely surrender their Liberties nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffused and Virtue is preserved”, wrote Sam Adams. “On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders.”
While we distract ourselves with social media, sports, gadgets, and reality shows,
President Emperor obama wipes his ass with the Constitution, laughing at you for being the suckers that let him get away with it.
Since no one in America today seems to have the motivation, much less the balls, to heed Sam Adam’s call that “the liberties of our Country, the freedom of our civil constitution are worth defending at all hazards”, we might as well do one of the only things we’re good at anymore, and watch some television.
Following are some films that will help you acclimate to Emperor obama’s transformed America and your new, unfree role in it:
LIVES OF OTHERS (2006)
Where America now has FISA and PRISM, East Germany bugged your apartment. Like here, in the DDR everything you said was monitored. Adherence to the party line forwarded a career, while one careless comment could ruin it; criticism of the government put you behind bars. Fear begat silence.
Defiant Hero: Gerd Wiesler
SOPHIE SCHOLL: THE FINAL DAYS (2005)
When the nazis prosecuted their political opponents, they used the old Weimar criminal code — they just changed the definitions of the crimes. So, next time you say, ‘I don’t care if they listen to my phone conversations, because I’m not doing anything illegal,’ ask: how long before they change what’s “illegal.”
Defiant Martyr: Sophie Scholl
THE HUNGER GAMES (2011)
Following the ravages of global warming, famine, and civil war, an elite minority live in decadent luxury while the general populace, overworked and underfed, struggle to survive.
Defiant Hero: Katniss Everdeen
Corporations rule the world. The business elite and celebrities enjoy private villas, expensive wines, and jet-setting. The proletariat are kept quiet with mindless entertainment and violent sports.
Defiant Hero: Jonathan E
Where the term “Orwellian” comes from. In a totalitarian state, the populace is under 24/7 surveillance, distracted from their hardships by the threat of a war that never ends. The language has been intentionally dumbed down to stifle independent thought. Love for dictator, Big Brother, is maintained by directing hate at a scapegoat, Emmanuel Goldstein. The state practices total oppression simply because it can.
Defiant Hero: None. It’s a real downer.
V FOR VENDETTA (2005)
A fascist party, promising to save the country from the threat of wars, anarchy and disease, is swept into power. All political dissent is brutally crushed, the media is co-opted to spew propaganda.
Defiant Heroes: Guy Fawkes; V; Evie; everyone.
‘But,‘ you protest, ‘things are that bad here!’ Yet. Liberty is a fragile thing. It requires constant care & attention to maintain, and we have neglected our liberty to the point where it has withered and all but died. Once lost, liberty can only be regained at great cost, if at all. Once imposed, tyranny rapidly entrenches itself, and grows steadily worse. Watch the movies, and get used to your future.
Or, remember just one line of dialog, and act on it:
People should not fear their governments; governments should fear their people.
(c) 2013 by Matt Cavanaugh. All rights reserved.