A primer on how individual rights have changed between the time of the civil war and today.
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The America of our forefathers, the ideals of liberty established in a republic protected by a constitution and government, does not exist today. Our freedom was taken over at our nation’s weakest moment (during the civil war) and has continually and gradually had powers, rights, and privilege, usurped; by those sworn to protect and defend our freedom. The greatest danger we face to American freedom today is not terrorism, it is not Russia’s or China’s long-range nuclear missiles, or even the flood of illegal aliens across our borders; it is our own civic apathy and cowardice toward government domination. According to Merriam - Webster’s dictionary, apathy is defined as a “lack of feeling or emotion, or lack of interest or concern.” They define civic as: “of or relating to a citizen, a city, citizenship, or community affairs.” Thus civic apathy would be defined as a lack of interest or concern with one’s citizenship or community. Much of this apathy has been brought about by conditioning in our youth due to the lack of proper instruction by parents, schools and community leaders. But the cost of this apathy, as I will show throughout this book, is possibly the future existence of this nation, our freedom and way of life, and possibly the enslavement of the entire planet.
My research over the past few years has been a journey of awareness and awakening. Much of what I thought to be common knowledge turned out to be common misunderstanding. What I once believed it took to be a good citizen was an understanding founded in ignorance. Over the next few chapters I will attempt to show that the vision of freedom which our founders once had has been all but lost, and we are on the verge of losing all that our soldiers and heroes of the past have died for. If we do not take back the republics upon which this nation was founded, we may be doomed to repeat the failures of all the mighty republics that have come before us.
So long as the individual is kept free the collective of our society will be forever prosperous, remove the individual freedom and our great nation will fall to collective anarchy.