“Freedom can exist only in the society of knowledge.” Dr. Benjamin Rush -Education Agreeable to a Republican Form of Government
I have high hopes that we are watching the rebirth of the Republic of the United States of America. For some time, we have been walking dangerous paths of over-criminalization, unconstitutional government surveillance and civil asset forfeiture, racial profiling, and privatized prisons (in other states). We need to reverse course and stand for the civil liberties of all in Des Moines.
Congress recently took a stand to end our involvement in the atrocities in Yemen, to stop arming Saudi Arabia, and to call for peace. Albeit, the Yemen vote was vetoed by the potus. Many are openly defying those in the administration participating in warmongering with Iran. A peace deal has been reached in principle in the Korean Peninsula. Peace is also breaking out in other trouble spots like the Ukraine and the India/Pakistan border. All this is happening as the U.S. and China call a truce in their trade war and start negotiations to form what is, as the Chinese government puts it, “a new model for global cooperation.”
Cities and states all over the country have nullified hemp prohibition and are nearing doing the same for prohibition regarding a bevy of other medicinal plants and fungi. Many of us are pushing towards sound money and continued detailed audits of the Pentagon and Federal Reserve. In Congress Justin Amash has recently attempted to stop warrant-less FISA surveillance. Whereas I feel that we have a long way to go, I certainly see changes that make me proud of those that are fighting the good fight for peace and prosperity!
On a day like today, while celebrating the positive with neighbors and loved ones, it is important to remember how far we must go and where we have come from. We are moving away from falling under an embrace of totalitarianism, where the government has had most of the power and “we the people” have had little to none.
The government’s overblown, extended wars on terrorism, drugs, violence and immigration have largely been ruses used to terrorize the populace into relinquishing more of their freedoms in exchange for elusive promises of security. You know what the number one killer of Americans is right this moment? Heart Disease. Yet, we do not have a war on the food and drink that help cause it, rather we tend to subsidize them and many that support a healthy and sustainable diet are censored. America was intended to be a model for self-governance where power is vested in the people. I will risk everything to stand by those that wish to return to this concept anywhere on the planet, or in the galaxy for that matter.
Independent and additional party candidates still deal with illegal rigging of debates and ballots, unethical rigging of news media, and unscientific polling. In several races, the incumbents get thousands to hundreds of thousands more dollars to run a campaign than an average citizen could ever earn from other citizens. Still people run and attempt to give voices to their communities. I respect that. I will gladly pomp, parade, and light bonfires and illuminations to that! Happy 4th of July!