The Cost of Freedom

There’s a revolution going on in Tehran and it won’t be televised. The Islamo-Fascist Mullahs have dispatched their Secret Police to crackdown on the liberty movement and its youthful enthusiasm. Of all nations that reaped the rewards of freedom, of all nations that know all too well the burning burden and sacrifice of a revolution, that nation the United States remains silent as college students in Tehran get thrown in jail, murdered in their dorms, and beaten half to death in the streets. And for what? So they too might taste the fruits of freedom and liberty, as we’ve tasted for over 200 years.

Our stories are one in the same, and so too must be our voices and theirs. Though we hate that brutal and regressive theocracy that sits firm on the throne, their feet planted on the backs of the people, we sympathize and openly root for the students of Iran to turn the page on that knuckle dragging police state, and welcome the new stage of history.

Our president Barack Obama who touted himself as this 21st century leader, stands there while the cat had his tongue and he sends a message to people of Iran: “Though you may fight and die, and be jailed, it won’t matter because you’ll never see freedom.” Barack Obama reaffirms what I’ve always suspected: He know snot the true cost of freedom. Barack Obama sees this revolt through analytical glasses, he’s the professor trying to argue for both sides instead of the right side, which is the side those young Iranian students are fighting on. Musahvi and Ahmadenijad aside for a moment, they don’t matter. These young students who are undeniably influenced by our revolution and our culture tasted freedom through our websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace. They want what we have and they want to know what we’ve known for all this time.

For our president to all of the sudden take a hands off approach to this is beyond weak and aloof. He said speaking out would be meddling, well I call it standing up for freedom. Was Ronald Reagan meddling in the affairs of the Russians when he demanded Gorbachev tear down that wall and release those people from that communist graveyard in eastern Europe? Did FDR lock his lips for fear it would be considered meddling when Adolf Hitler terrorized Europe in the 1930s and 40s? Or did FDR speak out against Nazism, which at the time threatened to blanket an entire continent in darkness for the foreseeable future. FDR understood the cost of freedom, as did Ronald Reagan. But this president, this so called “leader”, this propped up media fantasy has no backbone, and no real stance for freedom. It’s unfortunate that in their darkest hour the people of Iran have no light source in which to turn.

For the first time in my life I’m ashamed of my country. The America I read about in the history books, whose revolution changed the world is no longer present, this America, Barack Obama’s America is weak and impotent. We sit and we watch brutality in Iran and we do so with eyes glazed over because we’ve become complacent. Barack Obama won’t speak out just as he failed to speak out on matters in Darfur, where millions of people were murdered on a daily basis, and in when Russian tanks lined the streets of Georgia Barack Obama who was candidate Obama at the time called for both sides to show restraint. There’s a pattern of this inability to be strong and show leadership. I don’t know about you, but if I were fighting for freedom in a far away land and I knew there existed such a country where freedom is promoted and people live in peace, I would want that country to stand by my side through the fire.

We’ll look back on this event in Iran as yet another example of the growing rejection of tyranny in our time. As Ronald Reagan said, we have a rendezvous with destiny and the Iranian people are realizing theirs. I quote Reagan often in my posts and in my writings, and he quoted Churchill in his famous 1964 convention speech. This was the quote Reagan used: “There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”

And what is our duty as Americans? As the Iranian people risk their lives for something so simple as a basic human right, yet they find it’s becoming increasingly difficult to obtain, will moral support be our duty? Will 300 million voices speak out against this blatant act of totalitarianism? Or will the shackles and prison walls be their fate? Reagan in his Time for Choosing speech talked about doing what is morally right. Our president has failed in that regard, so we must act without him or fail with him. I never thought I would have such doubts about my country as I do now.

I’ve spoken out, I’ve emailed friends from Iran I met on Facebook, let our president drop the glass vase of freedom and history, we’ll pick up the pieces. After all that’s usually how it goes after bad presidents.