No American that sees an image of a Syrian father holding his young daughter in his arms stating that he "just wants freedom" for himself and his family can avoid being emotionally impacted. However this raises a variety of questions that have not been adequately addressed.
For example I see many young men that look to be of prime military age without children among the refugees. It looks like a middleclass exodus at times rather than refugees from camps. Is the father with child going to another country because he desires his family's freedom or is he in fact demanding the freedom of the families of the host country? Who fought and died for the host country's freedom? In many cases if a European country its freedom has been bought and paid for with rivers of American blood and mountains of American treasure.
Americas' military presence and significant funding of NATO and defense of many European Socialist countries has allowed these countries to continuously grow the size of their welfare state. Germany may be able to afford to absorb a million Syrian refugees, but America can't. America is not the wealthiest nation on Earth; it is the most indebted nation on earth.
As I write this on September 11th 2015 we have a president who has facilitated the long sought re-establishment of an Islamic Caliphate in the Mideast due to his inability or unwillingness to secure a status of forces agreement with Iraq which would have allowed Iraq and America to wipe out ISIS the moment they stepped over the Syrian border into Iraq. Instead, the "JV Team" is winning. We now have a world that may soon trade the fantasy of an Arab Spring for the reality of a Mideastern Nuclear Winter. We have a president who has just secured a deal to fund Iran "the world's foremost sponsor of state terrorism" with 150 billion dollars. It's the equivalent of a country giving an economy the size of Americas' several trillion dollars.
We have a political establishment that has abandoned "fair trade" for inequitable "free trade." We have politicians that characterize any hint of immigration control, protectionism or trade tariff as four letter political words. The fact is that many countries practice similar policies to one degree or another depending on political and economic conditions. Traditionally America is not an imperialistic power. We don't go to war to exploit or subjugate other countries and cultures. In fact we put American lives and treasure on the line for other people's freedom and prosperity more often than not. I think that individual men and women indeed long to be free if they are not free but entire countries or populations do not often express that same sentiment collectively. What remedy to tyranny should the individuals who make up countries that "just want freedom" employ? The answer is simple, the solution is revolution.
If revolutions are not fought in the Mideast now they will be fought in Europe and America in the near future. America has shaped a unique existence through luck, sacrifice, diplomacy and yes, "revolution." America is the exception to millennia of tyrannical governance and the absence of freedom and individual rights. It is referred to as "American Exceptionalism." Our current administration has accelerated the advancement of Islamic tyranny. The Mideast in many places is a black market weapons bazaar. If disenfranchised populations longing to be free wish to arm themselves they probably can. If not, I'm sure that a simple assurance by sincere freedom fighters who vow to take a step out of the seventh century toward modernity and the adoption of a constitution and bill of rights identical to Americas' own would garner enough attention from America or other western nations to seriously consider arming them. People who truly wish to be free must earn that freedom themselves, with a little help of course. They must be willing to sacrifice their lives and fortunes as our founders did to secure the type of freedom that you enjoy today as an American. It doesn't seem fair for someone to show up in another person's country and demand the freedom others fought for without being willing to fight in their own countries to secure their own freedom. A day doesn't go by in many an American's life in which he or she does not honor our founders and the divine providence that guided America to an imperfect but free union. Not only did many of America's founders and revolutionary fighters not survive to enjoy the unprecedented form of American freedom realized after the American Revolution but knew well while fighting that they would not live to see that freedom. That kind of sacrifice, that commitment, is true bravery and selflessness. Those are the pillars that support genuine freedom and individual rights. Anything less, such as a person showing up in someone else's country to enjoy that country's freedom will eventually diminish the freedom of both the immigrant and their welcoming host if the immigrant is unwilling to assimilate culturally and economically into the host country. This is what Europe and to a lesser degree America is now facing.
The definition of the word freedom may be culturally malleable to a degree. However, I personally do not accept any definition of freedom that is not securely tethered to Americas' Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights. Those are the only universal vessels of freedom that I recognize or embrace. Any bastardization of those documents will undoubtedly omit essential tenets of freedom as drafted by some of the most brilliant minds of history; our founders.
Freedom is not free, nor is it permanent; it is better earned than granted.
I call for revolution now, in the Mideast.
Patrick J. Fornari
Author of "Commoner Sense: The Working Person's Guide to America"
by Patrick J. Fornari
Aug 18, 2015
Many Americans have been trained and conditioned much as Pavlov's famous dogs were...Does anyone really think that questions about Donald Trump, trump the murder, rape and beheading of Christian children who bravely refuse to denounce their faith before the sword and hate of Islam? What does your gut say on this one? Can you hear that inner long lost voice? Is it a whisper or a scream? Or, has it been smothered by the shriek of political correctness?... Perspective, priority and manufactured outrage converge in Pavlovia with disastrous consequence. Conditioned politically correct responses cannot effectively apply perspective, priority or outrage to politics. Only appropriate perspective, rational priority and genuine outrage will serve as a true reflection of your internal voice.
Debate or Roast?"
by Patrick J. Fornari
Aug 10, 2015
The politically correct infantile reaction to Trump's comments do little to change the disastrous course America finds itself on. Many may not wish their politicians to embrace such a low brow "jobsite" demeanor but I have been shown over a lifetime that the collective genius of America's average working people outstrip the restrained Ivy League idiots intellect presented as America's brain trust by a thousand to one. America is made up of Americans not politicians. Donald Trump is offering vision, action and hard work as solution to America's problems just as my politically incorrect co-workers do. I have never seen a building built by "talking about it." It requires action, hard work, an enormous amount of brains and ceaseless swearing which becomes quite natural at the business end of a ninety pound jack-hammer after a sixty hour week.
Other Article Published at Magic City:
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- President Trump? Jul 29, 2015
- Pure of Heart Jul 19, 2015
- Rotten Pig? Jul 14, 2015
- What's my motivation here? Jun 12, 2015
- When Baltimore Burns -- Again May 14, 2015
- A Tale of Two Cities Apr 15, 2015
- "Basic Instinct" April 2, 2015
- "Beware the Ides of March" Mar 17, 2015
- America's "Big Bang" Mar 11, 2015
Patrick J. Fornari was born and raised in Indiana, and spent the first half of his three plus decade construction career working in the Midwest and Western United States, including Illinois, Wyoming, Washington, Colorado, California and Arizona. For the second half of his career, he worked construction on several Caribbean islands, giving him a unique perspective on his home country. Fornari currently lives in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
By Patrick J. Fornari