Today is Memorial Day where we remember and honor are troops — both past and present. In the 1700’s, Americans sacrificed their lives and their fortunes to guarantee freedom against the tyranny of Britain. In the 1800’s, Americans took up arms against one another in the interest of protecting state’s rights and the Constitution on one hand, and the protection of the American Union and the right of all men to be free on the other. During the last century, our great-grandfathers, grandfathers and fathers fought in Europe against the Nazi’s, stopped the spread of Communism in South America, Korea, etc.
I would argue that the greatest way that we can honor those who came before us and fought for us is to remain vigilant and stand up for the rights that Americans spilled blood over. In recent decades, we have ceased to remain vigilant. We have allowed our rights to be re-defined. We have traded in fundamental rights, guaranteed by our Constitution in exchange for security or welfare programs. This Memorial Day, we have a responsibility to seek new ways to save the Constitutional erosion taking place on both the left and the right.
We must continue to fight for our freedom of speech under the First Amendment. There are those in government that would outlaw “hate” speech, as they would define it. There are those who would act to ban groups of people pooling their money and speaking in unison. There are those who seek for a Churches tax status to regulate their voice on morality. Their remains an entire political party who would force religious institution to adopt a morality not their own. The First Amendment is under siege.
This memorial day, we may celebrate our victories on Second Amendment issues while remembering that there are many who would take these rights away in the interest of security. Yet our forefathers told us that those who would sacrifice safety for security deserve neither. We may have one many battles, but there will always be a war to create larger restrictions on firearm ownership.
America must realize the dangerous concessions that we have made on the Fourth Amendment. There is no longer a right against unreasonable searches and seizures in airports across this country. We must collectively discuss how far we are willing to go. Will we stand up for our right to not have our person searched without good reason or will we continue to allow government to perform pat downs on our children? We are on a dangerous road.
Will we allow the unborn to be deprived of the right to life guaranteed under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment? Is government allowed to provide funds to organizations that do deprive life? Will judicial decree continue to prevail on this issue or will we stand up and demand our government protect the least among us.
Will we continue to accept the assassination of an American citizen ordered by POTUS. This is the greatest Constitutional infringement of the current administration, yet both parties seem content to sacrifice the rights guaranteed to all citizens under the Sixth Amendment, as long as we stop the “terrorists.”
Does the Tenth Amendment hold any sway any longer? The Civil War redefined states rights, as have the courts. Yet, the Tenth Amendment still stands, as it has not been repealed. In the face of an ever encroaching federal government in the running of our banks, our schools, our restaurants, our car manufacturing our home buying and building, what rights are reserved to the people and the states?
Many of these views are considered to be outside of the mainstream, yet they remain the bedrock of the freedoms we enjoy. We should be teaching our children these principals. We should be fighting for school vouchers so that the government does not have the first right to educate our children on what their rights are. But most of all, today, we should remember why people died for these rights.
Today, in memoriam, we remember our fallen troops and especially, the values that they died for.