Across the globe humanity seethes in it’s outcry for freedom from tyrannical government oppression. Revolutionary energies harking back to the 1960s and before infuse millions crowding streets in Egypt, Turkey, Iraq and worldwide demanding and celebrating their freedom from the stranglehold their governments have on human rights; while Adam Kokesh — one brave man in the US — took a stand in Washington, DC on Independence Day to march for human rights and liberty in America.
The American Constitution has built in provisions for citizen’s rights; and the United States has enjoyed, for over 200 years, the world’s adoration as THE nation that upholds the rights of individuals; but, now what? Numerous abuses of power have taken place in the US ranging from the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to micro chipping and micro-managing citizens, where citizen rights are eroding into dust moment by moment.
Lost dreams of the flower children
I my lifetime, I’ve been lucky enough to live through the most riotous of times and see the uprising of the human spirit overturning contemporary culture in America harking back to the 1960s. Teenagers, 20-somethings, and a smattering of trustworthy folks over 30 joined together in an effort to raise hell and overturn the milquetoast norm creating an impending sense of momentum through protests, marches and gut-churning political events. The Natural Review Online remembers the utopian idealism of the hippie movement and flower children combined with the outrage of the civil-rights movement; the violence of the Weathermen, and the Chicago Seven, — all setting the stage of high expectancy and hope for Americans. The outcry for and against the Vietnam war was a daily chant echoing throughout the country. Everyone had an opinion and everyone took a stand — except the silent majority, who consisted of people who lived on the edge of fear and confusion and were unwilling to commit themselves to standing up on either side of the fury for their rights and for truth. In 1965 Time magazine labeled many of those young people a “generation of conformists.”
1965 was the first year Americans marched in Washington against the Vietnam war with a showing of 25,000 people lead by the SDS. Demonstrators rose in numbers in successive marches across the country and over the next few years until over 350,000 demonstrators joined forces again in Washington in 1971, according to the Hippy Timeline.
No one can say that Adam Kokesh doesn’t have the biggest balls of anyone in this country for appearing on The Mall between the White House and Capitol Building armed with a loaded rifle and calling for a peaceful demonstration; and, after months of internet rallying, Kokesh stood alone. What a sad and sorry day that no other fierce young men and woman fueled by anger, dreams and visions of unfettered freedom had the courage to march with Kokesh for the cause of liberty.
I remember what it felt like to fearlessly take a stand, walk my talk and the thrill of marching for a cause in which I desperately believed. Where was everybody on Independence Day? Time magazine could rewrite their article and call the ever-present silent majority a generation of sleeping weenies enslaved by their cell phones, a Big Mac, and Honey Boo Boo. The chilling idea that no one showed up to march with Kokesh due to fears of violence and governmental reprisals begs the thought that Kokesh just may have a valid point on lost liberty, and more of us need to wake up and take a stand before it’s too late.
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