As is the tradition of the AltWorld Blog I wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July, today is Independence Day here in the United States of America; a day of common purpose and freedom.
A Worrying Trend
And freedom is the most important of things, isn’t it? How we use it, how we defend it and how we share it. Freedom is a word of late that has been misplaced, misused and misapplied to gain advantages, not in the name of freedom, but in the name of greed and control and these people call themselves Patriots.
“Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.”
And we have seen a lot of self-declared Patriots doing this while trying taking freedoms from us. We saw it with Operation American Spring which was all about successionism and taking power away from the people to put into the hands of the few. Now we see Citizens United Decision that pretty much puts Government for sale to the highest bidder, and now the Hobby Lobby Religious Objection ruling which is already being used by Religious Non-Profits as an excuse to legally discriminate – and will be used to further chip away at our civil rights.
The sad thing is I see people cheering this, defending these rulings, people who really should know better, who declare themselves Patriots. But… For them they don’t see the danger, only the hatred that has spoonfed into them to the point they have forgotten what Freedom in the USA really means.
Always Attempt to Be Better
Listen to me — all of you out there! You were told by this man — your hero — that America is the greatest country in the world! He told you that Americans were the greatest people — that America could be refined like silver, could have the impurities hammered out of it, and shine more brightly!
He went on about how precious America was — how you needed to make sure it remained great!
And he told you anything was justified to preserve that great treasure, that pearl of great price that is America! Well, I say America is nothing!! Without its ideals — its commitment to the freedom of all men, America is a piece of trash! A nation is nothing! A flag is a piece of cloth! I fought Adolf Hitler not because America was great, but because it was fragile! I knew that liberty could be snuffed out here as in Nazi Germany! As a people, we were no different than them! When I returned, I saw that you nearly did turn American into nothing! And the only reason you’re not less than nothing —
— is that it’s still possible for you to bring freedom back to America!
Captain America, What If?, #44
Price of freedom is high my friends, do not give it away and always attempt to be better than you are. The United States of America is a great country with the capacity to be amazing. We have to stop letting the divisions that have forced into us by the media for ratings, to those who profit from causing fear, those that think they can buy the Government, or those who just want control, all of these are polarizing us, turning us against each other, distracting us from the common good, from the common goal of freedom in the USA . We have to rise above and remember the history of this land… And what freedom means.
So endth my lesson, have a fun, safe and enjoyable 4th of July everybody.