Yesterday, October 23, 2014, former Libertarian Party Presidential nominee, Gary Johnson, stated that since we have an Ebola czar and a drug czar, that perhaps we should have a “Liberty Czar.” Johnson is also the honorary chairman of the Our America Initiative and President of the public company Cannabis Sativa, Inc. (soon to be renamed Hi).
Johnson stated, “Where is the high-level “liberty” advocate who is in the room when the Department of Justice, the NSA or the IRS are planning their next invasion of our 4th Amendment protections, raising a hand and objecting? Who is asking the tough questions when someone comes up with the idea to give armored military vehicles and grenades to local police departments? I could go on and on. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not suggesting that all of these erosions of liberty and freedom can somehow be stopped by creating yet another office in a government that already has far too many of them. The point is much more fundamental: Every government official should be a liberty “czar”. That’s what they take an oath to be, beginning at the top with the President. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. The greatest threat to liberty and freedom today is the government itself. And that won’t change until Americans demand it.”
A Gallup poll conducted this past summer showed Americans are feeling less free than they did in 2006. In 2013, when Gallup asked citizens of 120 countries how free they felt, America ranked 36th on the scale with New Zealand topping as the most satisfied citizens with their freedom. America ranked far below the United Arab Emirates and Cambodia, for example.
It is not hard to understand why Americans feel less free than they used to. Their freedom of speech has been curtailed by asking permission from the government (being granted a permit) and being relegated to “free speech zones” on university campuses. Most Americans are now intimidated by the police and federal law enforcement. The REAL ID Act of 2005 has resulted in facial recognition scans and all vital documents being turned into a national database resulting in a 21st Century “let me see your papers” scheme. Government surveillance of its citizens has never been higher.
So it is hard to understand why Americans continue to vote for candidates who continue to invade their privacy and rob them of their freedoms year after year. Out of routine, most Americans renew their drivers license, either unaware or without care, which results in vast information collection (more so than just a few years ago). Many Americans are exercising their right of civil disobedience by not renewing their drivers license or arranging to obtain one in a state that is not Real ID compliant. There are some states that are offering a drivers license which is not Real ID compliant and another drivers license which is compliant. Americans have a choice this November general election to seek out liberty-minded candidates to send a message to the establishment that they value their freedoms. It is up to Americans if they will act out Howard Beale’s famous line, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore.”