The spirit of the times may alter, will alter. Our rulers will become corrupt, our people careless... From the conclusion of this war [for independence] we shall be going down hill. It will not then be necessary to resort every moment to the people for support. They will be forgotten, therefore, and thier rights disregarded. They will forget themselves in the sole faculty of making money, and will never think of uniting to effect a due respect for thier rights. The shackles, therefore, which shall not be knocked off at the conclusion of theis war, will be heavier and heavier, till out rights shall revive or expire in a convulsion.
--Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia
Our liberty is under assault, both from without and within. Those who love liberty are constantly under attack, fighting a war of thoughts and words. Every day, every 24 hours, each one of us is called on to claim our individual responsibility for defending our personal liberty. Each one of us who faces the resposibility squarely, who asks the questions and challenges the authorities, brings the benefits of liberty closer to all of us.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
--Ephesians 6:12:: NKJV
The struggle for liberty is not against "flesh and blood," but against the irrational fears and the philosophies based on those fears that hold us in slavery. These are the shackles that Jefferson spoke of. We must face the fact that every day brings a new tyrant, a new prince, a new power, a new ruler of the darkness, with a new philososphy of fear, a new absolute authority, a new host of wickedness.
It is part of the general pattern of misguided policy that our country is now geared to an arms economy which was bred in an artificially induced psychosis of war hysteria and nurtured upon an incessant propaganda of fear.
--Gen. Douglas MacArthur, Speech May 15, 1951
We must not submit to fear. We must not submit to the philosphy of fear that demands obedience to an immaterial ultimate authority and calls for death to unbelievers. We must not submit to the propaganda of fear that demands obedience to a corporeal, temporal authority and calls for posturings of power and strength and unreasoning retribution.
Bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth,
Makes slaves of men, and of the human frame,
A mechanized automoton.
--Percy Bysshe Shelly, Queen Mab