Thursday, 11 September 2008

...but who's standing up for Freedom ?

Liberty/freedom isn't high on anyone's political agenda anymore. Why not ?
We must, and we shall, set the tide running again in the cause of freedom. And this party, with its every action, every word, every breath, and every heartbeat, has but a single resolve, and that is freedom.—Barry Goldwater, accepting the 1964 Republican presidential nomination.

In 1986 (?), a few friends (Leo and Thea Gilich where are you ?) started the group F.A.I.R. - Freedom and Individual Responsibility. Our goal was Swiss style binding referendums and we got absolutely nowhere...until I formed a group within the National Party called National Reform... (are you there Merv Rusk and Bruce Knowles ?)and pushed the idea at 2 successive conferences. Hence our present non-binding citizens initiated referendum law...again a total flop. Every referendum since has been totally ignored.But, as I keep reminding myself, it's a start and to rescind it would be political suicide...

And what sort of country do we have now? A cringing nation of sheep. My licence plate reads BAAAAA. Which politician will be first to declare a total and absolute committment to Life,Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness?

This is worth repeating...from the great socialist dictator Adolf Hitler...
The best way to take control over a people and control them utterly is to take a little of their freedom at a time, to erode rights by a thousand tiny and almost imperceptible
reductions. In this way the people will not see those rights and freedoms being removed until past the point at which these changes cannot be reversed.

Barry Goldwater in 1964 was unequivocal. Who today is prepared to stand up for personal responsibility and freedom? And when did freedom become an orphan ?

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