In the 2000 movie, The Patriot, Mel Gibson stars as the central protagonist Benjamin Martin who is a widower and father of seven children.  In the movie, Martin gets swept up into the events of the American Revolution.  In one scene, Martin is attending a political assembly in his home colony of South Carolina at which the assembled men are discussing the possibility of independence from England and subsequent war.  In one heated exchange in the assembly, Martin asks the question:  “Would you tell me please, Mr. Howard, why should I trade one tyrant three thousand miles away for three thousand tyrants one mile away? An elected legislature can trample a man's rights as easily as a king can.”  This is, indeed, the very delicate argument that our founders were considering when they decided for independence from England and George III.  They understood how easy it would be for the noble experiment of independence to devolve into an anarchic struggle for power just like the power struggles in their mother country during the English Civil War (1642-1651) and the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485). 

Our founders knew it would make absolutely no sense to exchange one form of tyranny for another.   Moreover, it would make a mockery of their arguments, such as presented in the Declaration of Independence, for moral authority to reject George III’s rule in favor of their own independent governance.   Ironically, that is the very argument that we are currently engaged in now in our current political discourse.  Too many of our countrymen are willing to trade off our tremendous inheritance of freedoms in exchange for the “mess of pottage” of a government that takes care of all of our needs, i.e. a socialist government, or a socialist democracy, whatever you want to call it.  Too many are willing to accept the tyranny of a strong, unfettered central government that grows stronger by the day as we ask it to do more and more.  Do not be deceived, this is a dangerous situation which we will one day soon regret very much.  The tyranny of this huge government is already upon us. 

If you have taken a flight in this country, you have put up with the tyranny of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).  The stories of their assaults on the freedoms and dignity of our American people have now become too numerous to count.  There is a new story every week, and there is no telling how many incidents are going on without making it into the papers or the internet.  The things that the TSA is doing are a blatant violation of our fourth amendment rights against “unreasonable searches and seizures.”    No amount of security is worth trading off our very dear freedoms.  We have traded the tyranny of terrorism for the tyranny of poorly trained, sociopathic civil servants who abuse our dignity with impunity.  This is both a Democrat and Republican problem.  Both of the political parties are complicit in setting up this tyrannical agency and allowing their abuse to go on without challenge.  I truly do not understand how we have gotten to this point and why Americans do not get angry and do something about this. 

I pray that you will enjoy the freedoms that we still have and that you will thank God this day for your freedom.



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