By R.J. Godlewski
© July 16, 2013, All Rights Reserved
“Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one’s own responsibility. By free will one shapes one’s own life. Human freedom is a force for growth and maturity in truth and goodness; it attains the perfection when directed toward God, our beatitude.” CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, Paragraph #1731
For a nation that has murdered 45+ million innocent souls through the absolute abomination of abortion, it remains incredulous that major television networks would send news anchors to London to await the birth of a prince’s baby. In fact, the mere existence of royalty, in the form of monarchies, represents the antithesis of freedom. Perhaps, for this reason alone, the sun has long set on the British Empire and, not unexpectedly, risen within the confines of British Hell. However, since I am neither a despot nor a monarch – the terms, historically, retaining little distinction between them – the presence of one more “hereditary ruler” matters very little to me. I have avowed, for decades, to protect the dignity and integrity of innocent human life wherever I find it and however I can accomplish this goal. And I mean it.
My hostility towards royalty, basically, rests upon the fact that few kings, queens, princes, or princes earned their position. Worse than “old money” – where someone originally had to earn wealth through business and investment – monarchs inherit their majesty simply through the feat of having been born. Therefore, should we bestow such greatness upon infants simply because their parents were not evil enough to abort their children? Alternatively, we could lay the claim that the entire conflict within the Middle East has very little to do with whether the Israelis or the Palestinian Arabs have a homeland and everything to do with whether Ishmael (forefather of Arabs) or Isaac (forefather of Jews) represented the rightful heir to Abraham. Aside from Cain and Abel, this, perhaps, represents humanity’s first conflict regarding inheritance.
Nevertheless, the only thing worth possessing is freedom – colloquially and officially American speaking, the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This gift from God represents a universal, unending, and completely free (though not without cost) guarantee to all human individuals. To add another quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church – the Church has done more to free people from the slavery of evil than any other institution known to man – the presence of “Freedom makes man responsible for his acts to the extent that they are voluntary” (#1733). In other words, free will makes people responsible for their conscious actions. Mental illness and coercion alleviate the responsibilities of man. A mentally incapacitated individual is not responsible for any action. A person forced into compliance may, depending upon his or her situation, experience forgiveness for their choices. That is, a person who shouts, “kill the Jews!” because Muslim terrorists stands ready to behead their family probably warrants more compassion than someone who seeks an abortion simply because they feel that childbearing might lead to their untimely death. People are more responsible for their own survival than that of another’s, but the wanton killing of innocents simply for convenience can never be condoned.
Most Americans today believe that they remain free, but the evidence suggests that other citizens – including many living under tyrannical rule – experience far more freedoms than those living within the United States. During my youth, the types of firearms – most notably, machine guns – were more permissible, even in places such as California, than they are today. Similarly, home chemistry kits were more prevalent. In the latter case, any form of “home experimentation” might as soon lead to police counternarcotics raids than not. Would Alexander Graham Bell or Thomas Edison emerge today? How about Nicola Telsa? Fifty years ago, would George Zimmerman, found not guilty by a jury of his peers, be investigated for “civil rights” issues after the fact? The notorious trial in Florida illuminated the concept of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” quite admirably. Both men consciously chose their actions, though beating a person remains illegal whereas legitimate self-defense always remains a God-given right:
“Someone who defends his life is not guilty of murder even if he is forced to deal his aggressor a lethal blow…nor is it necessary for salvation that a man omit the act of moderate self-defense to avoid killing the other man, since one is bound to take more care of one’s own life than of a another’s.” CCC #2264.
The only living people responsible for the tragic death of Trayvon Martin are his mother and guardians. In the end, however, Martin’s death resulted from the youth’s total disregard of responsible action, even if he were raised admirably. Perhaps our combative society – complete with fascination of mixed martial arts and “ultimate fights”, which Senator John McCain rightfully called “human cockfighting” – assures us of more deaths such as Trayvon Martin. Whenever our youth experience the “freedoms” of drugs, crime, and violent entertainment, death will represent the terminus of their behavior. This reality has little to do with race than it does a complete collapse of urban culture.
Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice recently said that they will, yet again, investigate the actions of Mr. Zimmerman. The FBI already concluded, thrice, that race was not an issue. The only racist involved within this tragedy appears to be Mr. Holder himself. A black man, appointed by another black man, to investigate the death of a black man cannot escape conflicts of interest. Millions of white individuals died to end slavery but, in the end, blacks in America still will not permit themselves to be freed. They refuse to vote for those with their best interests in mind, refuse to bring legitimate businesses into their local communities for prosperity, and refuse to encapsulate sound mother-father families so that their children develop an education and/or learn a viable trade. I pity blacks; they do not stand a chance at freedom, but, perhaps, this remains their own damn fault. Persecution complexes, whether from American blacks or Palestinian Arabs, is never an excuse for lack of responsibility and discipline.
Martin Luther King proclaimed a dream, which every person living on the planet should heed: people’s actions are what set them apart from one another. The Democratic Party today tries to dismiss this fundamental responsibility, which is probably why they – and their illustrious leader, Barack Obama, whom never bore sufficient responsibility to present his credentials or retain his childhood name(s) – have done far more damage to America’s freedoms than all the tyrannies known to New World observers. The Democrats seek to diminish Christianity, yet (sometimes) criticize Saudi Arabia for being evil. The Democrats seek to diminish (or outright criminalize) firearms ownership, but the last two ideological compatriots to have done so – Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin – murdered an estimated 10 million and 40 million citizens respectively.
Government can remain little more than the complete antithesis of responsible freedom. It was “government”, in the guise of the Supreme Court, which permitted some individuals to violate the “right to life” of others. It was again this same Supreme Court that ruled that the White House and Congress bore a right to tax us for not owning health insurance, violating “liberty and the pursuit of happiness”. In addition, the Executive Branch regulates and fines entrepreneurs out of business without adequate representation. Freedom only exists when public servants (any official whether local, state, or federal) fear over drawing the ire of their constituencies. Until politicians lay awake at night fretting over what we – all Americans of this great nation – might do to them if they anger us – we possess neither life, liberty, nor any concept of happiness.
As the world awaits the arrival of the little prince or princess in England, I feel pity for the little kid. That child will never understand the true meaning of freedom. Aren’t you glad that you are not a monarch?
R.J. Godlewski (GOD LESS KEY) is an independent counterterrorism consultant and the director of the private International Nuclear Emergency Response Team. He earned an M.A. in military studies, asymmetrical warfare from American Military University where he completed his capstone thesis entitled “Targeting Narco-submarine Networks through Deep Penetration, Autonomous Maritime Irregular Warfare Units operating within a Hunter-Killer Role.” He has also earned a graduate certificate in security management and holds a B.A. in intelligence studies, terrorism studies concentration, minor degree in area studies, Middle East, as well as an undergraduate certificate in explosive ordnance disposal. He is the author of Skills of the Assassin: Understanding the Tactics of the Professional Killer. His next book is Fourth-Generation Corporate Security: Asymmetrical Warfare for Protective Services Professionals, scheduled for release in August 2013.