Freedom is the hallmark of America. The Pilgrims, settlers of our frontier and immigrants that arrived from all over the world to our shores did not come for security but for freedom and opportunity.
During the late 1700s, the Founding Fathers could have just gone along with King George III. He would have provided the security of the most powerful military in the world. They could have continued to individually prosper while paying a little more protection money in the form of taxes for their security. Instead, these intelligent, dignified men chose to put themselves and their families in peril to establish a constitutional republic.
They were convinced after a thorough review of history that this form of government would maintain individual freedom and economically prosper. They were proven right.
The need for security would have dictated capitulation to the English empire. Instead they chose freedom over a false short-term decrease in the threats of repression by the most powerful military at that time. The dream of a model experiment in freedom was the impetus for the colonist's solidarity against England and their eventual victory, not security.
In both World War I and World War II, the security of the United States would have been served by remaining isolated across the Atlantic Ocean. Instead, we fought these great wars to liberate repressed people from the clutches of central governments.
Our security has come from the American people's willingness to stand up for the belief in themselves as self-reliant people. We did not want to be submissive to the English empire or to the European dictators or even to our own big brother government that has capabilities to know our every tiny move and thought to blackmail us into zombie compliance.
Our leaders, both Republican and Democrat warn us that security comes from giving up more of our freedoms. The PRISM secret program has gathered metadata to put together a detailed record of each American. It invades our personal freedom, which openly violates the Bill of Rights. This personal information gathering makes us both less free and less secure.
The rhetoric and slogans coming out of Washington, D.C., should frighten every patriotic citizen. Big government cannot guarantee data safeguards because it cannot even stop outside governments or any individuals from hacking into our most sophisticated database.
Most frightening of all is that our politically elite leaders and high-level bureaucrats have their hands on the levers of power. They can use it for their own political and personal benefit. This so-called security data jeopardizes our freedom.
Our past freedom has come from "We The People" who have been given power in our Constitution and Bill of Rights to control the inevitable abuses of big government.
Our government has grown to the point of being too unwieldy to be accountable to our representatives and thus us, the citizens.
Instead of going along with this campaign to exponentially enlarge the growth of government to protect our security, we have to halt it NOW before it controls each and every citizen's thoughts and actions. Our greatest threat to our loss of freedom comes foremost from our own government, not from outside enemies.
Americans have always been sleeping giants who will sacrifice their lives for their freedom from any outside attack. The real enemy today is our bloated government, which should not be allowed to disguise its attentions under the slogan of "trading of freedom for security" to take away even more of our freedoms.
U.S. citizens standing up en masse to remain free is the only true way of keeping a secure America.
Dr. Maglio is an author and owner/director of Wider Horizons School, a college prep program. You can visit Dr. Maglio at www.drmaglio.blogspot.com.