Where have freedom, liberty and justice gone?
All of us take liberty and freedom for granted because it hasn’t been taken away from us, yet. On the other side of the world people are fighting for freedom, while here we are losing some of our alienable rights to people claiming that what they are doing is good for the country. No one is doing what is good for the average citizen, or for our children. Few people can afford to retire; most have to continue working to put food on the table and to ensure the survival of the “job creators.”
Freedom is a chance to be better, a chance for your kids to have a better life than you did. Freedom is not making sacrifices so the leaders can make us feel safe. Abraham Lincoln said it best when he said that democracy is the government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” We have strayed far from those principles. Our motto now is “democracy and safety at any price and the safety for the job creators: the corporations.”
To achieve those new ideals, we have become a nation of laws and regulations—laws that are badly written and randomly enforced. Certain citizens who break the laws are given harsh sentences, while others are forgiven for their mistakes. Apparently corporations can do no wrong, (can never do anything illegal), but are allowed to make mistakes and pay small fines to show they’ve learned their lesson.
Benjamin Franklin once said, “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.”
Does anyone know where liberty dwells these days, or where it will dwell in the days to come?
[Abdul Jaludi is a resident of Milford, PA.]