Friday, May 17, 2013

Mundane Freedoms

Trey Smith

Over the last two years, I have written more and more about the growing conditions of a police state in America. Why have I taken up this cause? Because a lot of people don't recognize the tentacles that are spreading out and becoming intertwined in our everyday lives. I realize that many readers don't see how the growing police state impacts their ordinary lives in any way, shape or form. Many of you truly believe this is a problem that effects others, not you.

It is not difficult to understand why ordinary Americans feel this way. From your standpoint, you get to exercise your freedoms every day. You decide what you will buy, when you will eat, where you will go and what you will do. No one is trying to stop you from exercising these freedom and so you exercise them freely.

What I think too few Americans grasp is that the only freedoms left to us are of the mundane sort. Even authoritarian regimes led by brutal dictators allow most of their citizens to exercise these kinds of mundane freedoms. It provides the public with the belief that they are far freer than they actually are. It motivates the vast majority not to try to rock the boat because they want to retain the freedom to make their own mundane decisions.

But move beyond the mundane to anything political or community-based and the iron boot of a police state will come down on you. Try to promote a better life for yourself and your fellow citizens and you will soon find yourself in a heap of trouble. When you step outside of the mundane sphere of your own crummy life, you will come face-to-face with the police state in all its power. There will be no one there to save you and, at that point, the US Constitution is nothing more than silly words on a piece of paper.

This, you see, is the main point of a police state. The powers that be want to run roughshod over the rest of us. They want to rob us blind. When they ruthlessly hold all the reigns of power, who would be fool enough to try to challenge them?

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