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  Freedom Goes Softly
by Alan Cook
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Rated "PG" by the Author.

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Like the frog in the pot of water slowly being heated, we may not realize what's going on until it's too late.


 

"I believe there are more instances of abridgement
of freedom of the people by gradual and silent
encroachments of those in power than by violent and
sudden usurpations."
—James Madison
 
"We lose our freedom an inch at a time."
—Dr. Walter Williams
 
Freedom goes softly,
you don't hear it leave.
It won't say goodbye
or tug at your sleeve to ask permission.
An additional tax?
Just to fill a few cracks in the
newdealgreatsocietyfairdealnewworldorder.
A new regulation?
To make us a nonpolluting, riskfree, colorblind,
   sexblind, blind nation.
(And we spare no expense.)
But be careful what you do—
we'll sue
or put you in jail.
And be careful what you say—
you'll pay
through the n-o-s-e.
(Please remember that we know what's best for you.)
Let's suppose
you wake up tomorrow and freedom has fled.
My advice is
stay in bed.

 


Alan Cook, Mystery and walking writer


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Reviewed by pat medlin 2/20/2010
This is absolutely GREAT...but don't expect too may comments...so many are 'carefulwhattheysay'...scared or unable to... or just plain 'don't wanna be outta the box'...thanks for this reminder to those of us with ears that will hear
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