We the People . . . secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity . . .
1.The condition of being free from restriction or control.
2.The right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one's own choosing.
3.The condition of being physically and legally free from confinement, servitude, or forced labor. 4.Freedom from unjust or undue governmental control.
5.A right or immunity to engage in certain actions without control or interference
- and not just for ourselves, but for our children.
Oppressed by taxes. Oppressed by religion. Oppressed by absentee governors and mercenary troops. Oppressed by government-connected businesses that monopolized trade in the colonies by, among other things, using force to prevent American merchant ships from visiting foreign markets.
The republican government, prodded by its religious right allies, have been planning to do more to restrict American liberty than any foreign government in this generation.
It does not believe that Americans have the right and power to act, believe, or express oneself in a manner of one's own choosing. Any criticism on the government is referred to as anti-American, liberal, pro-terrorist, and any number of other epithets.
It does not believe that Americans deserve the condition of being physically and legally free from confinement, servitude, or forced labor. They will lock people up without trial, on suspicion of being a terrorist.
It does not believe in freedom from unjust or undue governmental control, or a right or immunity to engage in certain actions without control or interference. The religious Right has a number of certain actions they wish to control or interfere with, and they want the government to authorize the controlling.
Shame. Six goals, and today they are all as far from achieved as they were in 1773.
In conclusion, let me leave you with this fragment from America's other document, the Declaration of Independence.
". . . That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. —"