Just like millions of Americans, one of my passions is the history and culture of our great land. I enjoy reading about the political theories that inspired the creation of the United States, from John Locke to Voltaire.I have a copy of the Declaration of Independence framed on my wall, and a Constitution in my possession at all times. I believe that America is a great place, some of our founders were great men, and that the United States is unique in our characteristics.
Our Constitution revolutionized the meaning of freedom and liberty worldwide, and allowed liberalism to spread to all corners of the world. (Note, by liberalism I mean classical liberalism, not the twisted definition that most use colloquially today).
The US is the world’s oldest democracy, a world superpower, and the world’s leading economy.
Yet we have so much wrong with us. America is great because the intentions of our founders was to ensure that every American is guaranteed liberties the moment he is born. But this freedom allows the darkest elements of our society to have a voice, for those who preach hatred and intolerance to be able to speak out without concern for legal repercussion.
If you, like most Americans, watch the news, I’m sure you’re aware of the usual happenings of the news, murders, natural disasters, animals that get along well together.
But the news that is not shared, that is hushed, and repressed, is the most important happening of the 21st century, and possibly the most important news that one could concern themselves with.
Our Constitution is under attack.
Yes, you heard me correctly. Our Constitution of the United States of America is ignored, barely enforced, and this behavior is tolerated by many in the United States government to serve their interests, and the interests of special interest groups.
The National Security Agency spies on millions of people, violating their 4th Amendment rights.
Minorities are denied due process and legal representation in the legal system.
The 1st Amendment rights of the media is threatened.
This is not new. One of the oldest pieces of legislation in history is the Alien and Sedition Acts passed under our 2nd President John Adams, which made it illegal to speak out against the Government, and imprison immigrants and those deemed “hostile” to the security of the United States without evidence or trial. The Espionage Act of 1917, passed by Woodrow Wilson, made anti-war efforts illegal. This sounds good on paper, but the Espionage Act was used to imprison Suffragettes, Socialists, and many who opposed the Wilson Administration.
My point with this is that this is not a new ordeal for the American people, but the fact that it is increasing over time. This is not a partisan issue. Democrats and Republicans have both participated in this effort.
Leftish seeks to raise attention to the rights that we hold as Americans, and ways to fight back against those in the government and in special interest groups who seek to deny us our basic liberties as Americans.
Leftish seeks to fight ignorance and oppression of our constitutional liberties at all levels, regardless of ideology, race, sexual orientation, or culture.
This sounds scary, and rather impossible. But to quote Bernie Sanders, “when millions of Americans stand up, they win.”
I wish you all Happy Holidays.
- Gabriel Odom