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Freedom Day 2020

| Opinion | March 26, 2020

There are many things that we must do as we face our current challenges from the virus and the resultant sequestration. This is the time to be your better selves. Before making decisions, wait for a moment and ask yourself this question. “What would the person I aspire to be do right now?” Then simply do that. Expect a miracle. With the cessation of religious services, it is more important than ever to take a moment to pray or meditate, whatever makes you comfortable. If possible, share that experience with others; conference calls are cool. We must not forget that our nation comes from a Judeo/Christian tradition. The free practice of religion is a fundamental right. Exercise it.

Now is the time to prepare for the “Freedom Day” celebration, a day where throughout the land the words of Martin Luther King ring out, “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free at last!”

Although it will be triggered by the cessation of the Coronavirus, it is not the reason why we should celebrate. In this world of mass international travel and open borders there will likely be another disease spreading its insidious tentacles throughout the planet.

On Freedom Day 2020, the people must rise to celebrate the restoration of our most basic Creator-given rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We must celebrate our enumerated rights such as freedom of speech, freedom to assemble and the free practice of religion. As government closes schools, businesses, places of worship and the people are expected to shelter in place, we must keep close to our hearts the foundational freedoms established and protected by our government that government is now taking away.

Unfortunately, history has shown that governments often promise to provide security in trade for your freedom and liberty. Once obtained, the control over our everyday lives that we are experiencing is not easily abandoned. “We the People” must remain vigilant. Where are our legal protections? There have been no court orders or declaration of Martial Law.

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In this crisis there are other dangerous issues that our nation have been enduring. All the proposed wealth-redistributions efforts to “help” those who suffer from lost income due to the closing of businesses further add to the people’s dependence on government. I was always taught that you must maintain a three to twelve-month cash reserve for times of emergency. Upon examination of our children’s test scores and general knowledge as compared to 150 years ago, one will find we have been systematically dumbed down. Closing the schools will accelerate that decline, leaving a population that can be more easily influenced. At times like these, the voices for government control of industries and medical services become more pronounced. Often forgotten is that private enterprise and free market competition is the reason that we have the resources and means to deal with this pandemic.

One of the greatest obscenities occurring during this crisis is the politicization of the disaster. As we face the consequences of the spreading virus, we must be wary of calls for more federal control and cash distribution without sunset clauses.

I do believe that the current policies of isolating ourselves to slow the spread of the virus is the right thing to do. However, we dare not be happy about it. “The road to serfdom” is fraught with dangers. I cannot say often enough that we the people must remain vigilant. Be afraid of dependency on government while preparing to celebrate “Freedom Day 2020.” Make it a reaffirmation of The Declaration of Independence.
Be well!

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About Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith is a graduate of UCLA and has lived and worked in the Los Angeles area his entire life. In 2010 and 2012 he was the Republican Party endorsed candidate running against longtime incumbent Xavier Becerra, for the House of Representatives in the United States Congress. He admits to having a bias in favor of our Nation's founding principles. Stephen can be contacted at [email protected]

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