Why are we as a country allowing our freedoms to diminish?

Whatever happened to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution that followed?

Every day, it seems as if a little more of my freedom is taken away by the government in the name of security, or fairness, or some other nonsense.

I fear that my kids and grandkids will grow up in a country that has lost its way, and all freedoms that I enjoyed will be a thing of the past. That is not what I fought for, it is not what many of my brothers-in-arms have fought and died for.

Our country deserves better.

Obama win is Constitution’s loss
Nat Hentoff shames Americans who have ‘discard the Declaration of Independence’

On Sept. 12, 2001, President George W. Bush assured us: “We will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms.”

The enemy has certainly tried, but it was President Bush, following the advice of Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, who began the extensive attack on our individual liberties through the Patriot Act, which passed on Oct. 26, 2001.

Then, President Barack Obama went far beyond his predecessor’s administration to become the most destructive uprooter of our Constitution in our nation’s history.

Growing up as a student at Boston Latin School, one of whose alumni was Samuel Adams, a firebrand of our American Revolution, I read American history with excitement. I learned how we always overcame grimly looming threats to our self-governing republic to become a beacon to the world.

But never did I even imagine that an American president, without insuring due process in a court of law, would – as Obama does – use a kill list to target suspected terrorists for assassination. So far this list has also included three American citizens.

Obama has taken advantage of ever-advancing digital technology, using bottomless databases that keep track of those Americans he considers persons of subversive interest. During the presidential debates, did you hear anything about our vanishing privacy?


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