Land of the free loosing its meaning

Posted: Friday, October 27, 2006

“Land of the free and home of the brave”, a saying that probably dates back to the Revolutionary War. One that used to represent the united States and much of the reason I believe that there have always been men and women that sought out the military to serve their country and further the meaning of ‘proud to serve’.

But I don’t feel the same as I once did about that saying. The president has taken away from the power of those words. In the land of the free we of that land are not in fear of speaking up and saying that we are not happy with our government. In the land of the free its people are not just one step away from going to jail and never seeing the light of day, nor a lawyer, nor knowing the reason for such an action because the president is allowed to, on a whim I believe, place someone who before was nothing more than a law abiding citizen in jail for speaking his mind.

I am reminded of the history that I learned in school a few decades ago about how in Russia the old KGB would haul anyone they deemed not part of the party to the gulag and usually never seen again. Or of the Hitleresque Nazi SS who made sure that anyone who was even slightly on the side of the Jews were placed in the same prison camps as those who they would seek to help.

I served my country because I felt that it was the right thing to do and sought to give back to the country that had afforded me the opportunity to live free and speak my mind even if it was against the norm and ‘radical’ as my father told me about my anti war efforts during Vietnam. Land of the free and home of the brave meant something to me. I still feel that this is the home of the brave and I believe that if something doesn’t change soon then those brave will seek to take back the land and make it free again. At least I hope that we haven’t fallen so far that the brave are too afraid to take back what is our right.

Dave Briscoe


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