As I approach the day I separate from the Air Force I find myself looking back on the last four years. During this time I've gone from New England hippie (albeit a conservative one) to rank-and-file airman; I've gone from failing Spanish in high to school to being an Air Force Pashto linguist; my philosophy has evolved from neo-conservative to libertarian; I used to watch cable news to learn about the wars overseas, I now read Top Secret intelligence reports; I went from voting for Bush in '04 to voting Nader in '08. As you can see, the last 4 years have slightly broadened my perspectives.
Over the past year it has become abundantly clear that the government I serve now is not the one I thought I signed up for. Before I enlisted, the ideas that our government would torture people, spy on law-abiding citizens, and was running an empire were blasphemous. Now I see that our federal government is a titanic beast that has broken free of the chains that were meant to bind it: the Constitution of the United States and its Bill of Rights. The last century is rife with examples of our government grabbing up more and more power, under Democratic and Republican regimes alike. Some people like to say that this fact is evidence that the Constitution is outdated and hasn't worked. To those people I say: It is not the Constitution that has failed, but rather the citizens that were meant to uphold it (us).
Our generation has grown up knowing nothing but an apparently free society. “It's a free country ain't it?”, we would say as children. For this reason liberty is something we have taken for granted. Our founders saw things quite differently. It was not liberty that was eternal, it was tyranny. It is no coincidence that more governments, throughout history, have been tyrannical than have been free and open, and It is no coincidence that free societies have, time and time again, given way to tyrannical regimes. We need to wake up and tie down the beast, whose tendrils are wrapped around the globe; We need to bring our troops home, after all they do work for the Department of Defense. We must abolish the Federal Reserve, a private bank that is destroying the value of our currency and savings, and funding our illegal wars. America became the great country she is by setting a certain example for the rest of the world, not by policing it. There are three things we must demand from our elected representatives: constitutional government, sound money, and civil liberties. These three demands would ensure peace, freedom, and equal opportunity for all Americans, and promote the same worldwide.Tweet
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