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Letter to the Editor: An excerpt from Thomas Paine’s “The Crisis”

THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in a crisis, shrink from the service of his country: but he who stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: ‘tis dearness only that gives everything its value.

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Blasphemy against/of the USA?

One man. One order. One dead American. His name was Anwar Awlaki, a US citizen. In 2011 he was droned dead with no charge or trial. Just death. Two weeks later, in Yemen, his son’s lifeless body lay flowing with streams of blood as a Predator drone hummed off into the dark.

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Silence is Compliance: Would you recognize tyranny? Part II

Now, in 2014, this government admits to wiretapping every single American, and the following claim might sound like hyperbole if it were not true, but the entire world is now being spied on. The U.S. government has written into law the power to do literally anything it wants to you and you have no say about it whatsoever. They can kidnap you, throw you in a cage forever, and you will never see a lawyer, let alone see your family again. But I guess that pales in comparison to the fact that they can murder you without you ever getting a chance to face your accuser in a court of law or make your case for innocence. If your family wants to know what happened to you, they will be told that “it’s classified, National Security,” and all of this can be made upon the decision of one person who doesn’t even need to explain to anybody why he made such a decision.

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Silence is Compliance: Would you recognize tyranny? Part I

Would you recognize tyranny? Honestly ask yourself that question. How would you know if you are on the right side of history? Being a citizen of the empire, you, the reader, live in a bubble and are constantly being reinforced with the notion that “we are the good guys” and that “we are bringing peace to the world,” “we” being American citizens of the United States federal government and anybody who stands behind it and the actions carried out in its name. I know that when conversation arises about foreign policy, it usually consists merely of left-vs.-right talking points. Consider that most of the “anti-war Left” were really just anti-Bush, and I wouldn’t even have a problem with that if they stuck to their principles and continued to be anti-war, but that wasn’t the case. When George W. Bush left office, it seemed the “anti-war Left” departed with him.

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Letter to the Editor: The failing of freedom

Our government/elected representatives have overstepped their authority by leaps and bounds, simply running rampant like little children who lack parental oversight, boldly and almost childishly saying, “You can’t touch me, nah!” All this is happening while the ones (the PEOPLE) who hold all the power to stop this idly stand by, instead of banding together and simply saying, “Enough is ENOUGH!” This is the kind of apathy that is destroying our way of life, our freedom, and our nation. These acts of treason by our elected representatives won’t stop until we, the people, stand united through either civil disobedience or an all-out revolution, as things will only get worse, just like behavioral issues with a child who is not disciplined by his parent.

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Outside the BOX: Eight specific ways Obama is worse than Bush regarding civil liberties

President Obama’s January State of the Union speech was nothing more than a 45-minute window dressing to fool the public into thinking he is really going to scale back the growing police state. He is not. I never thought it would be possible to speak for so long about reform and, in the end, say so little. As an objective observer, it is clear that the abuses of the current administration go beyond the horrible expansion Bush put in place. This growing police state is an unrelenting war on the general public, one that the Church Commission warned us about back in the 1970s.

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A history lesson for pastors and Christians

It was the patriot pastors who warned Americans that the British were infringing upon their God-given rights. The very basis of the Biblical law of liberty, “the right to private property,” was being violated. As the colonists saw it, the English were in effect warring against God. Americans were convinced that they had a sacred duty to rise up against the British government.

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