Lately it seems like every time I turn on the T.V. there’s some type of nonprofit group or government agency running a commercial to sell us on the idea that some aspect of our lives need to be regulated. From how seat belts save lives to the costs associated from smoking, the airways seem to be saturated with someone or some group reminding us how we should live our lives. They’re now telling us what we should eat, the light bulbs we should use, the type of environmentally safe cars we should buy, the words we should say, the things we need to do to make our homes energy efficient, and so on. The list seems endless of all the things they believe should be regulated in our lives. They claim they’re just trying to raise awareness on issues that matter. I say they are using an effective form of propaganda to condition the people to see things their way. What starts off as an innocent commercial to “raise our awareness” turns into legislation to impose the group’s will even if it means surrendering our liberties to the state. This happens because over time propaganda works as longs as it appears to be for the betterment of the human condition and who can argue against that. So our opinion on an issue shifts and we accept the notion that in order people to think “right” we need to enact laws.
I bring this up because I feel that the methods they use to change our minds are often overlooked. It’s a very simple and subtle approach that appears on the surface to be harmless enough; but eventually leads to the trading off of our liberties for the shackles of regulation. The end goal is for you to buy the product they’re selling and the sale is complete with the passage of some type of regulation. The seeds of change are planted under the pretext that society will improve if we just give up a small corner of our liberties in order to create an environment of “right thinking” people. This has actively been going on for the last 50 years and the fruits of their labor can be seen in every aspect of our lives. We have been corralled, fenced in with regulations and their plan is to erect this fence without any of us noticing. When we do take notice of this fence being built we react to it like the Patriots of old reacted to the King taxing their tea; we resist. This modern day resistance has encouraged the rise of groups (Tea Party movement) who oppose being led into bondage by debt. We don’t like the idea of being corralled like sheep and yet this is exactly what they’re doing every time they pass regulations that force us to comply with some sort of rule.
So maybe it’s time we use their own tools against them and raise the awareness of the masses about liberty and freedom. Maybe it’s time we nudge the people back towards liberty and begin the process of tearing down the fences built to contain us. After all liberty is for all people even those who oppose it. It’s time to heed the words of our founding fathers in regards to liberty.
He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself. –Thomas Paine, 1795
Timid men…prefer the calm of despotism to the boisterous sea of liberty. –Thomas Jefferson, 1796
It behooves every man who values liberty of conscience for himself, to resist invasion of it in the case of others; or their case may, by charge of circumstances, become his own. –Thomas Jefferson, 1803
But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty once lost is lost forever. –John Adams, 1775
Powerful words, from great men.
Liberty forever, freedom for all!