Our Duty: Save Our Democracy, Restore Individual Freedoms
We are the cavalry. No one else is coming to help fight the tyranny ahead.
Many see the decline happening in America. Some shout at the top of their voices in alarm. Others have, as Aldous Huxley described in his 1958 book, Brave New World Revisited, gone the way of the dodo.
“Any bird that has learned how to grub up a good living without being compelled to use its wings will soon renounce the privilege of flight and remain forever grounded. Something analogous is true of human beings.”
Americans have the duty to resist our democracy’s decline. Those who still value liberty must seek the restoration of individual freedoms. The cavalry is not about to come over the hill at the last minute.
We are the cavalry. No one is coming to help us fight the tyranny before us.
American citizens hoping to remain free are just as helpless as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky requesting a “no-fly zone” over this country.
Yes, we share odds comparable to Gen. George Armstrong Custer at the Little Big Horn. In our case, we carry a little horn against Big-Business, Big-Government, Big-Pharma, Big-Tech, and anything else Big-hyphen.
We must oppose the Haves, the Political Elites, the Progressive Left, the Far-Right, elements in both political parties
Stop for a moment to focus and think. Shut out the surrounding distractions. Turn off the television. Log off the desktop. Silence your phone. Turn off Twitter notifications. Log out of Facebook; don’t worry about what you might miss. Betty Bop’s update on Instagram can wait. Turn off the radio. Let the dog out. Tell the kids to entertain themselves. Deny FOMO the power the anxiety holds over you.
Now ask yourself, how much has the gap between the Haves and the Have Nots expanded during the pandemic? Consider the government overreach. Lord, help me.
What about the mandates?
Take a deep breath before you think about Dr. Anthony Fauci. The data manipulation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Masks won’t work. Yes, they work.
You must wear a mask.
Think about Twitter’s CEO, Parag Agrawal, and censorship. Think about Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg’s decisions affecting several of the last federal elections.
Oh no, I will not leave out the “progressives” in Congress, the Tea Party, Donald J. Trump, or Joseph R. Biden, Jr.
And then there’s the news media.
Propaganda in a democratic society is a double-edged sword.
Thomas Jefferson wrote that “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be…. The people cannot be safe without information. Where the press is free, and every man about to read,” he said, “all is safe.”
But Jefferson was a realist and an optimist.
“Nothing can now be believed that is seen in a newspaper,” he once wrote. This perception now is more than 250 years old.
Huxley reminds us that mass communication “is simply a force and, like any other force, it can be used either well or ill. Used one way, the press…are indispensable to the survival of democracy. Used in another way, they are among the most powerful weapons in the dictator’s armory.”
Awareness and Apathy
Too many Americans have become indifferent to what’s happening in America.
James Carville once described the response of an old man from a backwoods Tennessee focus group about awareness and apathy.
“The old man said, ‘Look Mr., we don’t know, and we don’t give a damn.’”
A disquisition is a formal commentary, critique, discourse, and discussion about a topic.
I’m focusing my attention this week on the problems we have today. How so many threaten the foundation of American democracy.
Huxley's predictions are eerily accurate when applied to the world today. It's no wonder that his work is still relevant and required reading in many high school and college curriculums.
Have you read Huxley's Brave New World Revisited?
What do you think? I promise not to tell the government or Big Tech.
What happens to those like me who dare to question what is going on? Tucker Carlson has said repeatedly on his Fox News Channel show, “‘They’ come after you.”
British comedian Russell Brand’s YouTube channel also is under attack.
In the last two weeks, Agrawal’s Twitter censored comments he deemed inappropriate. Censorship is well and alive in 2022. How do you feel about how Twitter, Facebook, or other social media platforms cut users off?
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