America – Land of the Free, and a Land of opportunity. People began migrating to America for many reasons but Freedom from tyranny was the most appealing reason to leave home and family to sail across an ocean to unknown territories. Hope blossomed for a life where a person could build something for the future, not pay exorbitant taxes to irresponsible Monarchies, and have equal opportunities as any other man without limit because of birth or circumstance. People dreamed of a land where the laws would pertain to all humans, where you would not be imprisoned on the mere whim or wish of someone in power, and basic human rights would be there for all of mankind.
Hundreds of years later, I look around and I wonder how did America get to the place we are today? Did people forget or were they simply manipulated by crafty politicians into a state almost exactly like what our forefathers left? Are we free of over taxation, when literally every single thing in our life is taxed – including roads, our homes, our belongings, our earnings, and even the items we purchase? We may not say we have a Monarchy but in essence – we do. Our Monarchy is just larger, and more spread out with power that exceeds any ever seen by the Monarchies of Europe. Our government has extended its power and presence into every tiny avenue of America and our lives. And if we do not do as we are told, there are multiple agencies to force us to.
We live in fear of the Internal Revenue Service, each year jumping like good little sheep to file our taxes, then saving tons of paperwork each year just in case we need to prove we had the right to our own money. We have no say in how our “monarchy” spends the money they collect from us…only the “right” to deliver it into their hands. We do not have the right to take away this gift we give them, or to quit giving it. If we do, then they will come in, take our homes, our cars, and destroy our credit.
In our “free” country, we have enough law enforcement agencies to run an entire world. City Police, County Sherriff’s, State Police, U.S. Marshalls, National Security Police, FBI, CIA, State Bureaus of Investigation, EPA, Forest Service, Game & Fish, Border Patrol, Homeland Security, DEA, Campus Police, National Guard, and all branches of the military, and a few I am sure I may not even know about. We are told these agencies are here for our “protection”. Many nations have so beguiled their people, by saying the police forces/military forces, and gun laws etc. were for their “protection”. Hitler told the people of Germany the same things.
When I think of protection, I want someone to catch those who commit violent crimes. I want those who scare me to be put in prisons, not those who simply scare or hurt themselves. I want murderers, rapists, child molesters…to be locked away from the rest of society. In 2007, according to the US Department of Justice website http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/cius2007/about/crime_summary.html, law enforcement agencies made over 14, 209,365 arrests (estimated). These arrests did not include traffic offenses. Of these arrests, 597,447 were for violent crimes, and 1,610,088 were for property crimes. In other words, out of over 14 million arrests, less than 1 million were for violent crimes, the crimes which I feel a need to be “protected” from. When one realizes this does not even include the multiples of traffic arrests …the numbers become staggering.
According to the same website, officers made more arrests for “drug abuse violations”, an estimated 1.8 million arrests, than for any other crime. “Drug abuse violations” suggest the “users” were the majority of those arrested, not those selling the drugs.
According to the same website, page http://www.ojp.gov/bjs/fedle.htm, in 2004 fulltime federal officers were 106,354. While I do not know the numbers I am sure they have risen in the past few years due to “threats of terrorism” etc. This does not include all the other agencies. Who are these officers all “policing”? If only 597,447 of those arrests were for violent crime, I do not feel “protected” by the remaining arrests. I live in a town of less than 5,000 people, yet on my way into town I can pass usually at least 7 “law enforcement” vehicles on my one route alone. I have nothing against “law and order”, I even have officers I call “friend”. What I do find offensive and I do worry about, is a nation that calls itself “Land of the Free” – smothering our country with those who can police our every move, and our every action. With camera’s being installed on every street corner, along every road way, on the tops of buildings, and the multitudes of law enforcement – I no longer feel I live in a Free Nation, and I feel less like the police are there to “serve and protect” than to control the masses. I think it is time we as American’s realize, we have through our fears and insecurities, and our love and embracing of propaganda, given away the very essence of our country. Our Freedom.