Things change; this is a constant in life. Throughout my life I could always count on my faith and my status as an American citizen to remain constant even when things were changing around me. My faith I can still count on, my status as an American? Not so much.
There have been many times in my life when I have disagreed with people in governmental positions and the things they do; however, I thought my American citizenship meant that I still had certain rights that could not be taken from me. I took for took it for granted that I would always have the right to speak my mind, own a weapon if I chose to, and practice my religion in any manor I chose to. I could count on not having the police search my home without a warrant, or detain me without cause and that I would have the right to have an attorney present during questioning. I am sad to say that I can no longer take these rights for granted.
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My freedom of religion has been slowly eroded away, over several decades, by those who yell “separation of church and state” and claim that it means any mention of God outside my home or church needs to be forbidden. The truth is, the Constitution does not say anything about such a separation and in fact includes God and His laws. The “separation” which is so often referred to, came from a letter, not from the Constitution, and meant that no one church (religion) would control the government; it never meant that godly men could not control government or that His name could not be mentioned in public.
In the news now I read that the government is preparing to sign several agreements with the UN which would undermine our sovereignty as a nation. These treaties would take our right to bear arms away as well as our rights to do what we choose with our property. If I understand it correctly, one of them would even put our military under the command of the UN.
On top of this our current White House resident is encouraging legislation which declares people like me to be terrorists. This would allow the police to detain me, without a lawyer, indefinitely. I opposed the “Patriot Act” under Bush and I am even more opposed to the new version.
I could not possibly touch on all the ways our Constitutional rights have been violated in one article; I would need to write a book. The problem is, too many people like me took our American citizenship for granted for too long and now we are going to have to take drastic steps to get it back. Is it too late? I do not think it is, but we are going to have to be very diligent. We need to watch our elected officials and let them know that they serve us, not the other way around. Things do change, so in November let’s change them again.
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