America’s enemy within this Fourth of July

The United States of America is involved in more than one “American Revolution” even as the nation celebrates Independence Day with parades, picnics and fireworks. Arizona’s signs give one glaring clue to one battle, securing our borders.

With one of many highway signs 80 miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border, the Bureau of Land Management warns, “Visitors may encounter armed criminals and smuggling,” and the BLM “encourages visitors to use public land north of Interstate 8.”

Also via the sign, visitors are told to stay away from trash, clothing, backpacks, and abandoned vehicles. If they see suspicious activity, visitors are told via the sign, “Do Not Confront! Move Away and Call 911.”

These signs signify a war, one to which President Obama must take action or we lose more of our nation’s land to criminals. Governor Janice K. Brewer of Arizona wrote Obama a letter on June 24, 2010, outlining the great need and has responded with a video message to Obama. I’m among those waiting for his response. You can see the video and read the letter at: this site.

Obamacare is also an enemy. Sen., Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has been working to dismantle it and calls it “a threat to liberty itself.” I agree with Hatch and would love to see the American Liberty Restoration Act (S. 3502) and the American Job Protection Act (S. 3501) sail through Congress. The first would remove the individual mandates to be implemented from the current law. The second legislation would repeal, as Hatch put it, a “job-killing mandate.”

I asked my twitter followers and friends on facebook what rights do they see as worth the fight? Becki Linstrot gave two answers, one too long to include here, but here’s her short answer. She said, “The basic rights worth fighting for are freedom of religion, freedom of speech, the right to equal treatment, and our country’s belief that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Without these rights we cease to be a beacon of light to the world.”

I concur with this addition that the right to equal treatment means under the law. Also, I want to underscore my definition of freedom of religion as so eloquently explained by Cardinal Francis George, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. He spoke on Feb. 23, 2010, before thousands of students, faculty and leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Brigham Young University.

He said: “Religious freedom cannot be reduced to freedom of worship, nor even freedom of private conscience. Religious freedom means that religious groups, as well as religious individuals, have a right to exercise their influence in the public square, and that any attempt to reduce that fuller sense of religious freedom, which has been part of our history in this country for more than two centuries, to a private reality of worship and individual conscience, as long as you don’t make anybody else unhappy, is not in our tradition. It was the tradition of the Soviet Union, where Lenin permitted freedom of worship to be placed into the constitution … but not freedom of religion.”

Those wanting religious people to keep their opinions to themselves are actually harboring the enemy within.

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