Freedom. This is a word we Americans throw around, well, freely. Almost 240 years ago, The Great Republic was founded on this principle alone. Freedom to practice any religion, freedom to live and work as we please, freedom to write what we please, freedom to do as we please.

Fast forward to today. The Heritage Foundation lists the most free countries in the world. The US ranks 12th. We are less free than at any time in our history. The 1st Amendment is under attack. If you have a thought that is different, not from the majority, but from a loud, obnoxious minority, you will be shouted down and shamed. Today’s social justice warriors are not content with silencing you. They will go out of their way to destroy you. They are not satisfied until you are unemployed and bankrupt. They will spread lies and hide behind the very right they will deny you. Universities have established “zones” where 1st Amendment rights are suspended as to not offend the tender hearts of students. Somewhere along the way in the last 20 years, children have been told they have the right not to be offended. Maybe it was a pamphlet given out with their participation trophies.

The 2nd Amendment is also under attack. As I write this, President Obama has publicly stated that his goal for the last year of his presidency is massive gun control. It is the opinion of the author that the 2nd Amendment is already throttled to a point that would be unrecognizable to the Founding Fathers. I guess that the definition of “infringed” has changed over the last two centuries. I do not recognize bullshit gun laws. I carry where and when I choose and I choose to carry everywhere and all of the time. My gun rights will not be infringed.

The 4th Amendment is also under attack. No longer can we travel as we please. We are subject to border patrol checkpoints, not only at the borders but 150 miles from the borders. The Supreme Court has ruled that police officers, the very ones sworn to protect and serve, can lie to you in order to trick you into relinquishing these rights.( Frazier v. Cupp, 394 U.S. 731, 739 (1969). Your private property can be searched upon the suggestion of a dog trained to “alert” at the command of the officer in control of the dog. This goes beyond ridiculous. If you went back and told Thomas Jefferson that your personal property could be searched because a dog told a police officer that you had something illegal, he would die of laughter.

Your personal property can also be seized and sold BEFORE you are even convicted of a crime. And in the event that you are found not guilty of the crime, you have no right to ask for the return of your property or even reimbursement for the value of the property. Your bank accounts can be frozen on a whim by the IRS BEFORE they prove that you have committed a crime, putting you in financial trouble. Does this sound like freedom to you?

The question today is do we continue to allow the government to overstep the boundries set forth by The Founding Fathers and the Constitution, or do we do something about it? For the last hundred years, we have elected either a Republican or a Democrat to represent us in government. The only thing we have gained is less freedom.

We have come to a crossroads. We have been conned into thinking we have two choices, Democrats or Republicans. This is simply not true. If you love freedom, you have a third choice. Libertarian. Two-thirds of the citizens who are eligible to vote did not vote in the last election. If that two-thirds could get behind a third party candidate, we could transform this country and change the direction. I will start with me. If there is no Libertarian candidate, I will write one in. I refuse to continue down this path. I choose to buck the system. I choose Liberty and Freedom.