some out of concern for population control.
I guess all the copious empty and undeveloped areas in the world don't count if gov'ts lay claim to it or environmentalists claim concern.
The tragedy of 911 is another example of how careless we citizens have become. We again sit back in comfort, expecting our gov'ts to protect us yet we wonder not why our gov'ts down play the need for vigilance from 'we the people' and even make fun of that process. The gov'ts and media encourage and proclaim some radical, extremist, and seperatist types, as though they are anything but a small fringe that should be put down. Rather, this has continually been used to provoke people to equate the fringe with the proper use of citizens participation in our own protection. Now we rarely hear about the militia in the Constitutional context. It's become a dirty word and we have allowed ourselves to be duped and wallow in displaced embarrassment. We should be embarrassed that we've stopped demanding the funding of our militias and allowed the word to evolve to depict things it has nothing to do with. As if we should all stop eating apples because there's one bad one.
The gov't giant and grows as 'we the people' shrink into stupidity and are scared of guns. We think nothing of driving around with gas tanks full of middle east product, and drive on roads and bridges with copious dangers at every turn. On black ice even. That's not scary or risky in the least though, if you have good tires or 4WD.
I know what caused 911. The same disregard of freedom that has always contended with her. But we've become foolish in our boldness to partake of risky behavior while disregarding the brave stance of upholding the things that support our freedoms.
How much more clear can our Constitution be when it proclaims all people are created equal? The enslavers have 'walked back' from their overt tactics and passed the buck. Why should we be left holding the bag quietly? We've done this for so long, we now are helping tie the blindfold on our lady of liberty.
Though it's been a long eight years since 9-11, I pray that we will remember with all seriousness and wonder how best to honor those who have fallen. I pray we'll remember and conclude that it's not our gov't who leads us. It is us who should lead our servant, the gov't.
We certainly don't need another moment of silence. We need to cultivate a home for the brave. We need a continued and loud insistence proclaiming our freedoms and a remembrance that the land of the free is only free when it's full of the brave.