This new Amerika frightens me. We have become a nation so indoctrinated to fear everything and anything. Reading the comments on the Buzz section of Yahoo!, as they discuss the trial of some citizens who were supposedly “thinking” of attacking soldiers in Ft. Dix, is more frightening to me than any actual terror attack.
Even on the surface, the investigation reeks of the MaCarthy Red-Scare era, a time when people were set up and black-listed for “suspected” Communist sympathies. Paid informants, who were illegal aliens, and who purchased the materials the defendants were accused of conspiring to use, though no plan was actually in place, is such a ludicrous scenario in a true court of Justice. Yet, it is being taken seriously in this sham of a judicial system we have in modern Amerika.
It reeks of entrapment. It reeks of fear-mongering in order to further this government’s desire to strip away the last of our Civil Rights at our own insistence. I feel sick after reading the hate-filled responses on the message board. I feel sicker knowing how this anger is nothing but a thin veil covering their fear. Their fear of ghosts that do not exist. Of the bogeyman called terrorism.
I am tired of living in such a cowardly country, but I am not leaving. This is my birthplace, and if these people would give up on the Constitution because of a little fear and demand their rights be stripped away for some non-existent refuge of safety, then perhaps they can go somewhere else. Though I believe they already live in a hell of their own fear. A fear that a tyrannical mindset is carefully cultivating.
Please people, do not give in to knee-jerk reactionary fear. Use your head when you are told to be afraid. What is there to be afraid of anyway? There is nothing to fear, but fear itself. It is through this fear which has been cultivated in our lives and has created terrible monsters against freedom right here in our own backyard.
I’m not talking about some “domestic terror” threat. No, I am talking about our own government. A government which has passed legislation creating the perfect environment for the police state which Amerika has become today.
Rev. Jim Lunsford
First Cannabist Church
Fear is the greatest enemy of Liberty