“. . . a government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.” ~ Gerald R. Ford
What makes America? We’re unique in many ways and not merely in power or wealth. More importantly we are the only nation founded upon a set of ideas and not tribal affiliation. We embrace a concept of natural rights endowed by our Creator. This isn’t merely a linguistic nicety, it is the core of our society. Government, can’t take away something it does not bestow. You were born with the right to property and the right to free speech, for example. Governments were created only to protect such rights. A simpler way of saying this is that a gang of people, however large, cannot legitimately get together and vote to steal your property or take away your right to speak. No one can do that. Or can they?
Recently, a mob of Third World savages ransacked the U. S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya and murdered four Americans including our Ambassador, Christopher Stevens, before dragging his lifeless body through the streets. Just prior, another mob of savages invaded the sovereign soil of our embassy in Cairo, Egypt. They managed to briefly pull down the United States flag and raise an islamic flag in its place. While there is no doubt plenty of blame to go around for our lack of preparedness, including the disarming of the Marine guards, something else is also important to me right now. This man:
He was reportedly tracked down by the FBI as the filmmaker behind a film titled “The Innocence of Muslims”, the trailer for which supposedly provoked the “riots” overseas. It’s not clear whether the full movie actually exists or just the trailer. I say “riots” in quotes because it’s pretty clear the incidents have been coordinated terrorist attacks and not spontaneous riots.
By all accounts the film and internet trailer are horrible, poorly made pieces of slop that no one should waste their time watching. Nevertheless, those are American law enforcement personnel taking him in for “voluntary” questioning due to parole violations. Does anyone believe that’s why he was being taken in, or that it was truly voluntary? I don’t. And if it crossed your mind for a moment that some talentless amateur maker of awful films caused riots around the world, shame on you. It’s an unworthy thought for an American. If you can’t say things others find offensive, you aren’t free.
What crossed my mind was: “Why did the FBI track down the filmmaker?” “Why is the government asking YouTube to take the video down?”, and last but certainly not least, “Is he being questioned because he made trouble for the President of the United States?” I’m referring here to our President, the man who swore to “Preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States”, so help him God. Will he take the blame if the hapless filmmaker, wisely hiding his face in the photo, is murdered by fanatics? Somehow I doubt it.
Happy Constitution Day everyone. November can’t get here fast enough.