It’s Independence Day, and I’m heartbroken
By Nicki Fellenzer
I’m heartbroken because the United States I cherish and adore has slipped between our fingers and is hurtling toward the epitome of the nation my parents and I escaped in 1980 – the former USSR. And as I watch the fireworks exploding over the rooftops of my neighborhood, the cookouts, the flags and the patriotic spirit of my neighbors, I have to wonder how many of them are celebrating our country’s great history, our spirit of independence and the courage that won our freedom…
…and how many have no idea what they’re celebrating, and are drinking themselves into a stupor, pretending we are still a free nation.
Look, I’m not a habitual kvetch (for those who don’t know, it’s a Yiddish word meaning: to complain or gripe). I don’t sit around my fortified house in the hills with what cowardly newspaper editors would call an “arsenal,” wearing a tin foil hat, claiming the government is monitoring my activities through the fillings in my teeth and advocating armed revolt.
But when I see headlines that clearly demonstrate the demise of the very fabric of our nation, I have to wonder why more people’s eyes aren’t opening wide in recoil and horror.
In other words, if we can’t have ‘em, you can’t have ‘em!
I wrote last year, the above stipulation not only erodes
standards of Fourth Amendment inquiry into what constitutes a “reasonable”
search, but also violates Rule 41(d) of the Federal Rules of Criminal
Procedure. Part of the “reasonableness” statute of the Fourth
Amendment, according to case law (Wilson v. Arkansas, 514 U.S.
927, 929 (1995).), is the right of the home or business owner to examine
the warrant for any deficiencies and to ensure that the search is being
properly conducted in accordance with the warrant. Meanwhile, under the
aforementioned Rule 41(d) “The officer taking property under
the warrant shall give to the person from whom or from whose premises
the property was taken a copy of the warrant and a receipt for the property
taken or shall leave the copy and receipt at the place from which the
property was taken.” If notification of the execution of the
warrant is delayed, both the precedent set in Wilson v. Arkansas
and Rule 41(d) can be violated.
But apparently that’s not enough for Attorney General Ashcroft. He wants even more sweeping investigative powers for prosecutors and police.
I don’t need to go on, do I? I don’t need to pull out article after article describing our systematic descent into what could only be described as “tyranny.” For now, many of my friends and acquaintances still believe we’re free. They still claim that the increased security will help the government protect us better. They still claim that the tiny “inconveniences” we have to put up with (yes, some actually refer to the demise of our rights as “inconveniences”) are for the common good.
I’d like to remind you that “the common good” was a common excuse the communists used to relieve people of their rights and property. “The common good” is a frequent mantra among those who seek to disarm you – those who want to take away YOUR right to keep and bear arms. When you hear someone in power use the “common good” as an excuse to relieve you of your individual rights, run like hell! There is no “common good,” just like there is no collective right. Society is comprised of individuals, and when one individual or a small group of them is forced to give up his or her basic rights so that others may profit, the “common good” disintegrates into tyranny of the majority – the very tyranny our Founding Fathers sought to avoid by creating a Constitutional Republic called the United States of America.
Remember the principles on which our country was created this Independence Day. Celebrate the courage and freedom that is part of America’s history. But also look around you and remember how easily the fragile components of our freedom can be dismantled by the powerful few. And say a prayer of hope that the nation wakes up before it’s too late.
Nicki is a US Army veteran, who spent nearly four years in Frankfurt, Germany on active duty at the American Forces Network. She is a former radio DJ and news anchor and a Featured Writer and Newslinks Director for Keepandbeararms.com. She is also a former contributing editor to the National Rifle Association's newest monthly magazine, Women's Outlook and she is currently the contributing editor to Concealed Carry Magazine and writes occasionally for the Libertarian Party. She resides in Virginia with her family. We are also proud to have Nicki as regular contributor to Armed Females of America.