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Shutting down the First Amendment
5 years ago
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Thursday, June 20, 2013  

Shutting down the First Amendment

As early as 1722, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech." In the midst of the Revolutionary war, General George Washington addressed his troops on March 15, 1783, "If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter." The freedom of speech linked closely with freedom to worship God became the first of the rights guaranteed in the Bill of Rights amended to the Constitution by the Founders of this nation. The Founders knew that if government suppressed freedoms of religion and speech that liberty would be no longer. Look at today's government.

AFP reports that government spying on the news media, in particular Associated Press, has begun to shut down the free press. In a speech to the National Press Club, AP president Gary Pruitt said, "Some longtime trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking with us...In some cases, government employees we once checked in with regularly will no longer speak to us by phone. Others are reluctant to meet in person...Journalists from other news organizations have personally told me that it has intimidated both official and nonofficial sources from speaking to them as well." How cunning a government that spies on the free press to strategically dry up the wellspring of free speech that holds it accountable.

Its not only the sources of information to the news media this White House is discouraging. You and I are no longer free to say what we think over the phone or in emails. The government is spying on us. It has admitted it. Oh, yes, there is justification. With Islamic terrorism, we must give up some of our rights to live safely. Unfortunately, Benjamin Franklin already thought this through in 1775 when he said, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." This is exactly what the Patriot Act does. Now the government, under this occupant of the Oval Office, has used this Act as justification to spy on you as if you are an enemy of the state. This has become systematic.

Thomas Jefferson is quoted as saying, "Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate, systematical plan of reducing us to slavery." Perhaps that distinguished period began in ernest on September 11, 2001. We are being reduced to slavery. And a clear indication of it is found in Gary Pruitt's remarks. May we become once again an Ephesians 6:19,20 people,"And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly as I ought to speak." In this statement is the essence of true freedom.   


Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!
Bill Wilson
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