Freedom. That’s what our founding fathers wanted for themselves and for their children and their children’s children. Freedom for expression of religious beliefs. Freedom to make choices both wide and narrow in scope. Freedom from oppression of a government system that they had no faith in.
And here we are on the cusp of the 2016 election. Ready to exercise the freedom we have to choose whom we want to govern us. But is the choice to choose from the lesser of two evils what freedom really is? Or have we been lured into a false sense of freedom by believing that the choice of every election we have to cast a write-in vote or chose to punch a chit is 100% pure unadulterated freedom?
This election has forced me into evaluating the freedom we are given to make change by casting a vote. We look at the GOP, scrambling to do all it can to bend/manipulate long-standing rules of electoral votes, just to give us a ‘choice’ that THEY want. And the Democratic Party, a machine much like the GOP, has pushed their candidate to the forefront all the while knowing that this ‘choice’ is arguably one of the most flawed candidate they have endorsed in decades. Where is the freedom in this? Being pushed into a corner and told ‘chose left or chose right’ is not freedom. It is oppression. It is a pirating of the base of our most treasured right. And who is to blame? We, the people, are.
We have given up our freedom to exercise a collective voice. We have allowed every single possible person and position a place at the table of freedom. By allowing lobbyists to garner an unheralded level of influence we have lost the ability to allow our voice, thru the electorate, to be clearly heard. As a collective group, we have stifled our own voice, our own character, for the sake of each and every platform to have equal say at the table of government…as long as they have long enough nails to scratch the most influential backs.
We are the constituents. We actually do control what we allow the government to place upon us. Enforcement of this right requires us to not allow special interests any influence on those in government. If you want to try to educate from your perspective? Great, I’m down with that. Want to give our elected officials all of the information about your cause? Outstanding. Yet we let special interests fawn over candidates, cajoling them to cast a vote for their side and then allowing it to get tacked onto a larger, more important bill, and skate thru (or be denied) by Congress with a nod and a wink. That’s not freedom. That’s irresponsibility. Done by our own hand. It’s as if lawmakers lay the bill right in front of us, give us the pen, and as we bitch, moan and cry ‘Foul, foul!’ they gently tap the signature line and smile that Cheshire Cat smile.
Land of the free, eh? Okay, if that makes you feel better at night, roll with it. That is the freedom of your choice to make. As for me I’m staying up late to shake my head and ponder how we allowed ourselves to tie the noose around freedom’s neck.