Is it just me, or does anyone else think fear is being used as a means to control our population? Can you say fear of being cancelled, or fear of anarchy or invasion?

Do you remember Sept. 12, 2001?

In the aftermath of 9-11, citizens were closely bound because we did not understand what was happening, or what might happen in the weeks to come.

Remember how the Patriot Act was pushed through, basically because of fear?

The remnants, or should I say continued growth of irrational behavior “allowed” by federal law reared its ugly head during President Trump’s four years in office, and it will no doubt continue to hurt our country in ways many never imagined almost 20 years ago.

Many who despise all things Trump loved the fact he was spied on and run through the proverbial ringer for four years.

Folks, that’s not good for any of us, regardless of political leaning.

I remember thinking spying on U.S. citizens (call it what it is) was a bit much in the aftermath of 9-11, but it might be warranted for a limiter period of time.

I was fearful, and I trusted our government to do the right thing.

However, like every new creation in government … it grew, and grew, and grew and we never really knew by how much until Trump’s presidency.

Of greater concern to me right now is the attack on the First Amendment:

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

… And the Second Amendment:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

The fight between sides is about what those Amendments really mean.

One side believes one thing, and the other side believes something completely different.

Both sides are adamant in their beliefs because their definition fits their current belief system.

The right to bear arms is going to take care of itself.

I simply don’t see U.S. citizens being stripped of that right.

I can see the assault rifle argument, but I also see it as a slippery slope, a path to ending personal gun ownership.

Prohibition didn’t work out as planned, and alcohol and drugs kill more people than do assault weapons.

Maybe we should get rid of all alcohol except near beer. It’s exactly the same argument.

The free speech issue is really troubling to me. It’s there to protect your speech when other people don’t agree with it.

The current actions by big tech to silence President Trump, and many conservative voices, while at the same time not limiting the voices of national and international tyrants, are disgusting. It should trouble you, as well, because if it is allowed, it will only be a matter of time before your voice, or the voice of someone who says things you believe, is silenced.

The protection from lawsuits big tech enjoys must be ripped out of the law.

It gives them power you may think is cool right now, but everyone will one day regret that power was ever allowed.

I Googled “absolute power” and the following came up first:

“The proverb, ‘Absolute power corrupts absolutely’ means that whenever a person has power over other people or things, it makes him/her corrupt. In other words, the phrase also means, ‘power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.’”

If big tech and the media, with government assistance (i.e. – not taking action is assistance) can silence the President of the United States, it can surely silence your voice … and it will, some day.

Think outside the moment if you can. Is this really a good idea?

We are living in unsettling times, and I hope and pray calmer and clearer minds prevail, and actual truth rises to the top, if we can ever find it again.

If conservative voices are silenced we all lose.

If liberal voices are silenced we all lose.

If voices we don’t agree with are silenced we all lose.

The First Amendment was put in its lofty position for a reason.

The Second Amendment for the same reason.

Our forefathers weren’t perfect saints, but they were extremely smart, patriotic individuals. It’s really quite amazing they came up with such a wonderful guide for us.

Are we proving we can’t live up to the standards they set?

Why in the world are we trying to weaken one of the greatest documents ever written?

Until next week, have a good week.

Mike Probst can be reached at publisher@rockportpilot.com.

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