Freedom is not free. Thousands of Americans have fought and died that we might enjoy the freedom we have as Americans. It is ironic that we may lose those freedoms without a single shot being fired.
Some people believe that we will lose our freedom to external forces. Among those they list North Korea, China, and the Soviet Union. We may be hated and despised by these foreign nations, but most know they would be greatly over-matched in any conflict with America.
The greatest threats to the loss of our freedom are internal, not external. We are a divided nation. We have not been as divided since the War Between the States. We are divided–conservatives vs liberals, democrats vs republicans, Trump supporters vs Trump detesters, the rich against the poor, the uneducated against the educated, and on and on it goes.
These divisions are not as they once were. They are vicious. The arguments against those who disagree with us are so intense that truth is often not a consideration.
Abraham Lincoln said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” He learned that from the Bible. That statement is as true today as it has ever been. We need to work hard at trying to find the “we” again. The “we” that says, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessing of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America” (The Preamble of the Constitution of the United States).
Freedom of the press is in danger of being lost. Freedom cannot survive without freedom of the press. That’s why when dictators first come to power, they eliminate the free press and install their own government information bureaus. Controlling the people is easy when the government (dictator, king, leader of the nation, etc.) controls the press. Many nations today do not have a free press (Russia, North Vietnam, Iran, China, and North Korea just to name a few).
We are in danger of losing a free press in America due to the present administration in Washington. Donald Trump has repeatedly blasted the media, accusing them of being dishonest and fake. Senator John McCain has criticized Trump’s stand on the media as dangerous. In an interview with NBC News, he said attacking the press is how dictators get started. He is right.
Donald Trump may be a threat to our freedom. As mentioned earlier, he undoubtedly doesn’t like freedom of the press or freedom of speech, particularly if they don’t flatter him. International writer and political commentator, Art Berman, said of Trump, “His lies about voter fraud are a prelude to massive voter suppression.” He recently wrote in The Nation magazine: “Trump undermined the basic tenets of democracy in ways unseen by any presidential nominee. His supporters explicitly called for “racial profiling” at the polls; and his campaign openly boasted, “We have three major voter suppression operations underway to reduce voter turnout among African Americans, young women, and liberals.” Trump and the Republican party try to justify restrictions by spreading false claims about voter fraud, which is very rare. There were only two cases of voter impersonation in North Carolina between 2002 and 2012, out of 35 million voters.
The decline of religion and moral values is the greatest threat to America. Millions of Americans have abandoned or rejected the faith of their fathers. They don’t live by the Ten Commandments, much less the teachings of Jesus that say, “We are to love God with all our hearts, souls, and minds, and love our neighbors as we love ourselves.” If we continue down this path, our nation will join others in the graveyard of nations that have lost the values which once made them great.