Commonwealth Journal

Editorials

July 6, 2012

They fight for liberty

(Continued)

Somerset —

As a nation we have been in a unique place in history by being protected by oceans on both sides and friends to the North and South. But there have been a few attempts at a direct attack on the mainland and all of them have been repulsed. But the attacks against our freedoms do not come so much from outside as it does from inside. We have our brave men and women in uniform who have given their lives to further the aims of the United States but they are by no means the only ones who have fought on behalf of their country.
There are those who fought the long fight to bring the freedoms we enjoy to all people regardless of creed, color or race. Some lost their lives in the fight, some carry scars even now from those battles for freedom. During World War II we embraced one of the provisions of the defunct Alien and Sedition Act by imprisoning the Japanese-Americans without due process or recourse through the courts but there were those who knew the wrongness of that and defied persecution to bring freedom.
It has always been the danger from within that is our greatest enemy. People who are not aware that a simple denial of liberty can lead to a greater one may see no fault in compelling behavior they perceive as right but often that coercion denies a person the right to assemble, freedom of movement, freedom to be secure from unreasonable search and seizure and the freedom to speak out against our government if we perceive it to be acting wrongly.
After 9/11 our country passed some laws that allow unusual amounts of surveillance of electronic and other types of media. The ability to peer into vast amounts of data and extract a significant fact reaches lengths we can only imagine and yet legislators from both parties approved it and it is ongoing. It is giving us valuable insight into threats but at what cost? There are those who are engaged in the ongoing battle to protect those freedoms that define our nation for without them who or what are we?

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