YOUNG VOICES: We're giving up freedoms without getting any safer

2013-05-13T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: We're giving up freedoms without getting any saferRaymond Anderson Jr. nwitimes.com
May 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

In a previous column, I warned you that our public education system is being used against us. I warned you that the coming generation was being taught to not fear the government, but to fear freedom. Call me crazy, but in the time that has passed since then have we not allowed more and more of our rights to be violated?

I don't have to remind you that on Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacked the World Trade Center. We had pride in our freedom then, just as we do now. We also had pride in our government, because it was somehow holier, being our own, than any other government.

We put on the blindfold of pride and exchanged our freedoms, one by one, for a little temporary security. Then we did it again, and again, and again, and we're still doing it.

But the funniest thing keeps happening: We keep giving up freedom after freedom and giving the government more and more power, yet we aren't getting any safer! Who would have guessed it?

Just last month, we allowed an entire town, Watertown, Mass., to be searched through without any warrant. Our government claimed they needed to take control to catch a terrorist, one terrorist, who had taken the lives of three people.

It's ironic that they justify the violation of more than 20,000 citizens' rights because three people were murdered, yet, with the same breath, preach that we cannot stop the murder of more than a million babies each year because women have "reproductive rights."

Then we have events like the shootings in Newtown, Conn. Yet another example of how our government is telling us if we just give up some of our freedom, everything will be fine.

"If we just had another law ...," they claim, despite the fact they already used that line before to pass a law that didn't work in the first place. Again, though, we keep putting on that blindfold and following the same path. We are Americans, after all, and even though every other government on the face of the Earth has their people under their thumb, that would "never happen here."

It's not going to get any better until we stop this. Everyone who still believes in freedom and liberty needs to stand now and, at the least, teach their children the same values.

If you don't want freedom, then keep on doing what you're doing: nothing. Just heed the advice of our president, who supposedly loves democracy, yet told students to reject the voices that warn that tyranny is just around the corner.

Reject Ben Franklin, who warned us. Sit back, and eat your government rations. Don't come crying to me or anyone else, though, when you wake up with no freedom.

Raymond Anderson of Hammond is a junior at the Hammond Academy of Science and Technology. The opinions are the writer's.

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