Monday, May 18, 2020

Home of the Brave?

By Jeff Harris - May 18, 2020 at 11:48AM


The United States of America was founded by brave men and women. People who were willing to put their very lives on the line to take a calculated risk in order to enjoy a better life of freedom, liberty and economic opportunity.

They were not immune to fear but were willing to face those fears by leaving their ancestral homes. They willingly, even eagerly plunged into the wild unknown for what they hoped would be a brighter future for themselves, their families and their posterity.  

Many of them didn’t make it. Some died on the ships bringing them to the new world from sickness and disease. Others lost their lives in terrible storms at sea. Some were taken captive by pirates that plied the vast oceans.

And once they arrived in the new world danger lurked around every corner of the vast, untamed wilderness. Savage natives roamed the forests along with wild, dangerous creatures like bears, panthers, poisonous snakes and a whole host of threatening critters. Many had no practical knowledge of farming or livestock production and were reduced to eating whatever they could find; bugs, roots, berries, even the bark on trees.

Brutal Hardship

They endured brutal cold, broiling heat, the thirst of extended drought and violent storms with only primitive shelter. The physical labor of clearing land, building homes and stockades for protection, digging wells and more all by hand sapped the strength and broke the health of many men. There were no guarantees, no safety net, and no backup plan “just in case”. They were on their own.

So why did they do it?

Why would so many risk their lives and the lives of their families to endure the hardships, depravation, constant danger and even the possibility of a grisly death?

We touched on it at the very beginning of this article:
They were willing to put their very lives on the line to take a calculated risk in order to enjoy a better life of freedom, liberty and economic opportunity.
Two centuries after the pioneers landed at Jamestown Francis Scott Key, a lawyer from Frederick Maryland, penned the lines of what is known today as the National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner. Key was inspired to see the American Flag still waving over Ft. McHenry at dawn after a brutal British naval bombardment during the night. The brave American soldiers stood their ground during this key battle of the War of 1812 and some lost their lives in the effort.

Key wrote the now famous lines:
The land of the free and the home of the brave!
Fast forward two more centuries after Key wrote those words.

Petty Tyrants Unleashed

Today our alleged “leaders” passionately proclaim that safety, protection, avoidance of any risk whatsoever is paramount. Safety is supposedly so critical that they will send armed police to throw anyone who fails to obey their “stay safe” orders into prison!

“Stay Safe!”

“Flatten the curve!”

“Shelter in Place!”

“Social distance!”

“Wear your mask!”

What the hell is going on!?

I don’t recognize this country anymore. It bears no resemblance to what I was taught growing up that we are a nation of free men bound by the rule of law. I feel like I’ve been transported into a dystopian sci-fi movie where petty totalitarian tyrants use the threat of armed police to push the people around. Of course they use the doublespeak of tyrants claiming they’re only doing this for our own good.

That is utter, bullsh*t and we all know it!

These psychopaths have ordered criminals be released from jail due to the “virus”. Then, they turn around and imprison men and women who simply want to work to feed their families. Their crime? Failure to obey illegal, unconstitutional orders of a petty tyrant!

They are playing games with death rates and claiming virtually anyone who dies is a victim of Covid-19 when that is clearly not the case. They are quickly destroying the very fabric of this once great nation with a massive psychological operation designed to gain total power and control!

Nothing New

Sadly this is nothing new. The American people have faced tyrants before. King George sent his armies to this land in order to subdue it when the American colonists failed to convince him with words that they should be treated fairly. Enough people rose up in defiance of tyranny that a revolutionary war was fought for freedom and liberty.

One of those founding fathers, Patrick Henry of Virginia, did not mince words. When faced with opposing the tyranny of King George or sitting meekly and “sheltering in place” Henry famously said:
Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!
We are faced with a stark choice. Give in to tyranny for the illusion of safety or stand up for liberty even if it costs us our lives. Personally, I’d rather die from Covid-19 than live like a sniveling coward huddling in fear. The time to choose how we will respond is now; we will not comply!

from Ron Paul Institute Featured Articles


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