Every Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Pearl Harbor Day, as well as every September 11th and every other occasion, we are reminded to always give thanks to the men and women in uniform who fought and died in order to secure our freedom. The government spends millions of dollars (of your money) to build memorials and advertise this message of soldiers providing for and securing your freedom.
Yet, at the same time we see that our government is not very concerned at all with our freedom. The United States holds the largest prison population on earth - by a long shot. Despite having only 5% of the world's population, 25% of all the world's prisoners are in the United States. Nearly 200,000 pages of federal laws dictate our behavior, and our jurisprudence operates under the premise that "ignorance is no excuse" for violating any of these laws. Each January 1st, every American is subjected to over 40,000 new laws - that's a lot to try to keep track of. Couple this with the massive NSA spying programs, warrant-less searches and seizures, DEA spying programs, and militarization of our police and you see that liberty is not anywhere on the government's agenda.
Every aspect of our lives is regulated and governed by bureaucrats, legislators, and an alphabet soup of government agencies at local, county, state, and federal levels.
So why does the government keep spending money telling us about how our military secures and defends our freedom?
The military operates under the command of the same people who heap these burdensome laws that continue to enslave us further and further. The reason the government tells us that the military gives us freedom is because THEY are the military. They control the military - the military works for the politicians. Now, this is where many people will get upset and beg to disagree, stating that the military works to uphold the Constitution, etc. However, the Constitution states that the military operates under the civil power and that the President of the United States is the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. Alright, well the "civil power".. that's the People right? Yes, the People through their representatives in Congress. Yep, the politicians!
Few would argue that the government gives us freedom. Yet at the same time, they will argue that the soldiers fought and died for our freedom. These two statements are contradictory. If we owe our freedom to our soldiers, then we owe that same freedom to the politicians who command the soldiers.
On July 4, 1776, the Colonial Congress sent a letter to King George III declaring their independence from Britain. King George sent his armies against his own people to attempt to bring them back into subjugation to his crown. The Colonialists ended up fighting against their soldiers in order to secure their freedom. Freedom did not come from soldiers. It came from farmers, merchants, blacksmiths, brewers, and tradesmen. The soldier was their to take away the freedom of the people, not to give it to them.
Throughout history, the soldier's role has always been to deprive people of freedom. It is only through the government's use of Newspeak that the idea of a soldier providing the people with Liberty could ever remotely be considered.
Reading this, I'm sure most readers will be appalled and angry with my words. If you are one of these, ask yourself if your emotional reaction is due to logic and reason? Or is it due to the fact that this goes against everything you have been conditioned to believe?
The founding fathers spoke of a standing army as the biggest affront to liberty (aside from a central bank). Who is right? The Ad Council and Veteran's organizations who venerate our standing army or the founders who warned us against it?