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She waved goodbye to us, but we didn't notice.
We were too busy. Too busy enjoying our freedoms, too busy enjoying our comfort.
This morning I woke up and realized she was gone. Where did she go?
Why did she leave?
America is our freedom. America is our morals. America is our character.
People want freedom of speech, but we no longer have it. We don't truly own free speech. Our speech is no longer free in our own minds. We don't speak out because we are afraid. We have taken away our free speech. We don't want our friends to raise an eyebrow. We don't want to be labeled bigots. We don't want to deal with criticism.
We have traded comfort for freedom of speech.
People have redefined freedom of speech. We now call it "freedom of expression." Because with expression we can justify actions. It's no longer words, but deeds. It's okay to be gay. It's okay to live with your boyfriend. It's okay to smoke pot once in awhile. It's okay to see rated R movies. It's okay to shop at stores with pornographic catalogs. It's okay to listen to degrading music. It's okay to not take a stand.
We have traded our morals for a good time.
People want the government to help them. They don't want to do things on their own. That's why the government is there, right? It is to serve and protect us from ourselves. We don't see the good in ourselves. We don't even fight for it anymore. We allow others to tell us what is good -- what to eat, what to wear. Some people believe they could not survive without the government. Others know better, but don't care. We have spun a web of security that will never be untangled, and if we move it, it will destroy us.
We have traded our character for security.
America is gone.
Wouldn't you leave if no one cared about you anymore?
She waved goodbye, but we didn't care.
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Monica is twenty-five and a graduate of Hillsdale College in Michigan, with a major in political science. She lives in Delta, Ohio, with her husband where together they run a small business.
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"We don't speak out because we are afraid. We have taken away our free speech. We don't want our friends to raise an eyebrow. We don't want to be labeled bigots. We don't want to deal with criticism."