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DO WE STAND UNITED WITH LADY LIBERTY?
By Sergei Borglum Hoff
"United We Stand" is the battle cry that we patriotically display on our homes, automobiles, and clothing. Historically evident, the intent behind national unity was not always honorable.
Although their freedoms had been taken and they lived in fear, the citizens of Nazi Germany were patriots who stood united with a dictator for the "Fatherland" purpose of world enslavement. The oppressed yet patriotic people of "Motherland" Russia also united with their tyrannical leaders in order to force a single ideology upon the weaker of nations.
For what purpose do we stand united? Do we stand united with honor and courage, as patriots in defense of our freedoms and the American way, or as a terrified mob with cowardly intent, blind to the corrupting leaders of our "Homeland"?
Lady Liberty once inspired freedom in our daily lives and within the very fabric of our unique and wholesome nation. A nation that was founded on the principles of individual liberty, justice, and fortitude. Resulting from the deceptively labeled "USA Patriot Act" and our unreasoned fear, we now look upon her as a threat and an enabler of terrorism. Her promise of liberty frightens us; there are too many hazards and complications when we are a free society. Responsibility for our own lives is now widely perceived as a calamitous prerequisite to freedom.
Unlike the courageous stance of our Founding Fathers when intimidated, we disgracefully surrendered our unalienable rights (1st, 4th, 5th, and 10th Amendments within the Bill of Rights) to George Bush and John Ashcroft for their assurances of security. Along with the President and Congress, we betrayed the founding principles of our free nation.
Given the prevalent renunciation our precious liberties, will we remain as a nation of patriots with honorable intent? Obviously not! We have failed to stand united with Lady Liberty. Indeed, with the folly of mass hysteria we lynched Lady Liberty. Our sublime Lady--who once beheld this nation as worthy of her keeping--will truly be missed. I have a deep sense of loss and foreboding.
© 2004 - Sergei Borglum Hoff - All Rights Reserved
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Montana Deputy Sheriff for many years, Mr. Hoff is now a sculptor residing in the Pacific Northwest. He was born into the family of the distinguished patriot and sculptor, Gutzon Borglum (sculptor of numerous national shrines including Mt. Rushmore National Memorial). Mr. Hoff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lady Liberty once inspired freedom
in our daily lives and within the very fabric of our unique and wholesome
nation. A nation that was founded on the principles of individual liberty,
justice, and fortitude. Resulting from the deceptively labeled "USA Patriot
Act" and our unreasoned fear, we now look upon her as a threat and an
enabler of terrorism.