Legislative Update - November 2017
FREEDOM” WHERE HAS IT GONE?
Growing up as an American, I always knew America was unique because it was free. But today I am watching the freedoms we have slip away little by little. For 241 years, our country has been built on freedom. As I look at where our country is headed today, I believe there are some in this country who have an agenda to take away our freedoms. This is about America. It’s who we are. What we stand for. It’s about freedom.
We have seen great strides in this country for equality. The premise that all people are created equal is a fact that I believe our Founding Fathers believed in wholeheartedly. There have been people and certain groups who have attempted to usurp that. The passing of certain laws to hinder the freedoms of people can be documented in every corner of this nation. One must also acknowledge that under it all, those laws crumbled when faced with the Constitution and freedom.
I have been doing an in-depth study of our Constitutional Amendments recently. I am not surprised that those in authority have done their best to whittle away at the very freedoms they have sworn an oath to support and defend. It seems to me that the only Amendment that has not been diminished by legislation is the third amendment. That’s the one about quartering soldiers.
I’ve spoken to many of our younger generation about freedom and liberty. Some are concerned about the loss of freedom and others are resigned to the idea that there is nothing that can be done about it. It saddens me to think that we, as Americans, are losing the will to fight for freedom. In the news we see groups saying they are protesting against fascism. I want you to flip those ideas on its ear. By the very definition, protesting is to express an objection to what someone has said or done. I believe that we ought to stop reacting to things and that we must be proactive to the agenda to limit freedom. Don’t be labeled as being against something, but be known for standing FOR freedom.
ABATE once stood for American Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments. I have stated before that I like that acronym. While we may have evolved into A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education, we must not forget the beginnings of our fight for freedom. The fight against tyranny. The fight against those who want to limit our freedom. We must take the fight to them. We must stay AIMED.
You may ask yourself “how can I do that?” There are many ways. And I don’t mean by physically fighting. We must be smarter than those we oppose. We must be more vigilant than them.
I have sent out several emails giving everyone an opportunity to be a part of the fight. Sending an email to your Congressional Representative is an excellent way to be a part of the fight for freedom.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Those words were penned by Martin Niemöller. Where will you be when they come for your freedoms?
Ride free and be good to one another.
ABATE of Arizona
State Designated Lobbyist