Our nation is turning back toward slavery in a very real sense. One man might not keep another hostage, forced into labor to supply the wants of his master, but in every other sense the nation has turned to the same prescription as all the ages before.
What has been lost is the Gospel of Liberty, a gospel so strong that it created the United States of America out of nothing, freeing not only itself, but other nations threatened by the scourges of Nazism and Communism. It held at bay one of the greatest forces known to Man, the desire for security. The need for security is so strong that even good people will turn a blind eye to the fact that many will have to die to provide it. Soon, more will die as a result of restricted care, of prudent uses of resources, as those who died in the gulags and prison camps before them. Dead is dead and when the state makes the decision who lives and who dies it is on a par with the most murderous regimes the world has ever known.
We are there, now. Those in the patriot/liberty community speak often of reaching out to others, of community education on the value of liberty and the need to fight for it. There is a religion of liberty now facing persecution from the most powerful nation in the world and the people are being sold on the idea that they can all get free medical care (security) for the mere price of letting others die. They are making Sophie's Choice without the bat of an eye.
How far we have fallen from the people who looked tyranny in the eye and built a nation out of farmers willing to fight and die for the God-given rights of Man. What a brave people we once were. It was a bravery built on the concept of "righteousness will prevail."
Yes, we had slavery for nearly another hundred years, but where did the abolitionist zeal come from? From churches and clergy. It was from churches who believed in the sanctity of life and the gospel of liberty for all. They preached and preached about the sin of slavery and won converts to their cause. There were enough converts to divide a nation. I believe we were made to pay for that sin doubly, once in the horrors and decimation of the Civil War and again with the tyrannical national government it helped to embolden.
What the Christian ethic taught us as a people has been turned against us. Our charity has become an obligation, our desire to help others, as a Christian nation should, has been hijacked by collectivists and turned into a demand for payment.
America was once a place where freedom was possible and the power of liberty made us industrious and independent and able to reach for the stars with nothing deciding the destiny of our dreams but our own abilities. The free people of America made it a place of innovation and creativity and vast amounts of wealth. Out of the luxury of liberty we have come to a place in history where our very wealth is our greatest weakness. We have become so addicted to getting what we want no matter the cost that it has led us to the decision that others should die to provide us with something we otherwise cannot afford.
There is greatness in living as God intended, free and in dominion of no one but ourselves. Where we reject God and look to Man to provide for us, we fall into the trap of every other despotic force in the world. When we look to the state to save us, rather than our Christian brethren, we sacrifice everything noble in Mankind. Wherever the Church has stood aside, ruin has ensued: hospitals and medical care, schools and universities and above all government.
Where those who wield power over us no longer look to God to make their actions just, we get pushed and prodded and made to obey the power of the state. Where an oath to God means an oath to nothing we get leaders who are unbounded by humility and mercy. What good is a piece of paper on which words are written which require the administers of the law to swear before God, if there is no fear of retribution for their sin?
You are looking at it in the headlines of every newspaper in the nation. God intended Man to be free, the state is in direct opposition to that fact and the power behind it.