Dorso Column: Why Are So Many Willing To Give Up Their Freedoms


As we approach the 237th celebration of the Declaration of Independence I am struck by how little many of our citizens respect or cherish the sacrifices so many have made to insure our freedoms.

While visiting the Normandy beach head and shrines this past month I came away with a deep appreciation for the sacrifice so many made on our behalf. It also made me reflect on the other great moments in our nation’s history when those freedoms hung in the balance. Since the Revolutionary War to our engagement in Afghanistan people have given of themselves, on and off the battlefield, to protect those individual freedoms set out by the founding fathers.

What is perplexing is that while so much has been expended to guarantee those freedoms we are willing to accept a government that continues to infringe on those freedoms. Is a government health care program that purports to take care of us while diminishing our health care choices what those brave man and women fought for? Would they have believed in a Transportation Security Administration or an NSA that diminishes the majority’s individual rights because we fear racial profiling of a radical minority?

In the case of the Zimmerman trial here in Florida it is becoming clearer as the trial progresses that a fear of minority backlash caused the judiciary to ruin a man’s life. Even if one believes Mr. Zimmerman had no right to follow the deceased it is clear from testimony that he feared for his life and was protecting himself while being attacked. What has our criminal court system come to?

Our civil court system has been hijacked by the American Trial Lawyers Association. Our judges continue to perpetrate this injustice becoming part of the problem. The costs of protecting ones wealth including all types of insurance has gotten to be such a drag on our economy that it is beginning to cripple the private sector. This is happening because we refuse to make people responsible for their own actions. In the meantime state legislators and congress refuse to rein in the abuse because the trial lawyers are an abundant source of cash for the next election. The same cash they have exploited from the very citizens our legislators promise to defend.

As a legislator one of my favorite sayings was “We don’t need more laws we need to enforce the ones we have”. My other favorite was “When we make people more responsible for their actions we won’t need as much government”.

I wonder if those who gave so freely of their time and talent in centuries past would have been proud of where we have brought this republic. Would they condone the actions of Congress and the Supreme Court? Would they be as appalled as I am by the lack of respect the present administration shows to our constitution? Would the phrases “I don’t know” or “I am not aware of” have ever passed Harry Truman’s lips?

If you are reading this you probably all ready care about where this country is headed. What I’d like you to think about on this 4th of July is why so many of our countrymen don’t seem concerned. Is it because our public education system has failed to teach the lessons of our fore fathers? Is it because immediate self gratification is more important than protection of individual freedom?

I for one will watch the fireworks displays and be moved more than ever to pray for this country. I want my grandchildren to be able to enjoy the quality of life and freedom that I have enjoyed.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Dakotacyr

    What a bunch of hooey!

    What health care choice have you been denied? There are millions and millions of people with no choice whatsoever.

    A radical minority? not all muslims are radical. But then you are white so why would you care.

    Zimmerman caused the entire misfortune. He should have kept his ass in the car like the police told him to do instead of playing Dirty Harry.

    Why is it that you only care about the trial lawyers when they are defending someone who has been harmed but say absolutely nothing when the vast majority of litigation and large settlements are corporations vs. corporations.

    I am appalled at your lack of respect for the will of the voters who voted in this administration not once but twice and the voice of democracy when you don’t get your way.

    But then again, it is what I have come to expect from your columns, nothing but sour grapes and wishes of time past when you were in control. I remember oh so well.

    • Captjohn

      Don’t lecture me about health care. I have a wife with vasculitis ( look it up) she has been denied life sustaining drugs by Medicare after a partial implementation of Obamacare. Never was problem before. The death panels are here and you don’t have a clue because you aren’t living it.
      When your loved ones have to fight to get drugs that are life sustaining rather then go on dialysis you will have a voice I’ll consider.

      • Dakota Crybaby

        Dakotacyr is an asshole Dorso. Don’t listen to that schmuck.

        • Captjohn

          Thanks, he must not have a clue.

      • WOOF

        Captjohn, conservatives beat down single payer, fought,
        delayed, muzzled, hobbled, diminished Obamacare,
        and refused Medicare, did you think it might effect you ?

        • LenYol

          ” diminished Obamacare,”

          And now, for purely political reasons, the Muslim Marxist has sacrificed 30 million people that he promised would have, at best, shitty health insurance.
          You dope.

    • jl

      “Zimmerman caused the entire misfortune. He should have kept his ass in the car… ” Really? Suddenly, according to professor Dakotacyr, a man leaving his car is the cause of a death? You’re an idiot. Why not tell Martin not to leave his house that day- the “entire misfortune” could have been avoided. Very lame, even for you.

      • Dakotacyr

        So a kid goes to the store to get skittles and a soda,

        the police told him not to follow but he did anyway. Lame for you.

        • two_amber_lamps

          Your knowledge of criminal law and elements of a crime are apparently quite lacking.

          The events antecedent to Mr. Martin’s physical altercation with Zimmerman are irrelevant. What is relevant is the situation at the time Zimmerman felt it necessary to deploy his pistol and STOP THE THREAT presented by Martin.

          When Martin put Zimmerman in a mount rendering Zimmerman helpless and proceeded to bash Zimmerman’s skull into the pavement coupled with Martin’s pronouncement of “You’re going to die tonight, mother***er” makes Martin’s intent clear.

          Did Martin have the MEANS, INTENT, and OPPORTUNITY to kill Zimmerman?

          Yes, yes, and yes.

          All Mr. Zimmerman has to prove is he had credible fear for his life or the life of another (in the eyes of a reasonable man) and the shoot is justifiable. If the shoot is justifiable, the charge of murder is moot.

        • zdavid53

          On the way he looked into houses through the windows. If he had stayed on the path home he would still be here. How much of it is his fault, when he was windowpeeking? Maybe we should start to see what blame should go to him and his actions, instead of blindly assuming him to be a total innocent!!

  • Ratbite

    John, I haven’t given up any rights. They’ve been taken from me by Obama, the Marxist Democrats, & their willing accomplices in the Republican Party.

    • Captjohn

      You didn’t give up anything. What is perplexing is that so many are willing to trade liberty for the fleeting promise of security. Freedom price is individual responsibility.
      When those brave men went ashore in Normandy there was no guarantee of security.

      • Dakotacyr

        And those brave men took care of each other on that beach. They worked as a team, they worked together to win the war. They looked out for each other. They still do today.

      • Neiman

        “But of the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need that I write to you. 2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction comes onthem, as travail on a woman with child; and they shall not escape. …” I Thessalonians 5:1-3

        Verse 3. – For; the best manuscripts omit this conjunction; the description is continuous. When they shall say; namely, the unbelieving world. Peace and safety; peace denoting internal rest, and safety external security. Sudden destruction cometh upon them.When they thought themselves most secure, they were then in the greatest danger; when they were most off their guard, then the crisis came. As travail upon a woman with child. The primary point of resemblance is certainly the suddenness and unexpectedness of the event; as labor comes upon a woman suddenly, so sudden destruction cometh upon the ungodly world. Still, however, the unavoidableness of the judgment may also be here intimated; there is no possibility of escape: this is implied in the last clause, and they shall not escape. Pulpit Commentary.

        My point is not as much theological as practical: When we are enjoying our many luxuries and satisfying our many lusts, we fear trouble the most and cry out for peace and safety at any price. So, we surrender our liberty in small ways, one after the other, until we look back and see, as we surely do today, that we have willingly enslaved ourselves to the Welfare-Nanny State, the price was only our freedom. Liberty like democracy is a messy business, it requires constant vigilance and a willingness to do without “things,” to suffer and struggle at times to keep the enemies of freedom at bay; but in the West we got fat and lazy and would not get off our fat behinds sunken into our couches and fight against sloth and apathy, we would not get excited about little things that threatened liberty and were overtaken by those that demanded submission to the State that they might care for us. We also said, we will have no god but the State.

    • JimTown Guy

      You forgot about the Patriot Act. That baby was rammed down our throats.

  • Drain52

    In the harrowing account of his experience in the South Pacific during WWII (“Goodbye, Darkness”), William Manchester looked at what happened to America in the following decades. He frankly wondered if he and his fellow soldiers would have fought for America if they’d known that what they loved would turn out so differently.

    • sbark

      Sure they would have…their loyalty to the USA as an ongoing society trumps all…in direct contrast to liberalism where its maybe in the top 10 yet

  • sbark

    Liberalism and it allure of free stuff is the single overriding problem this country has…this blog post is simply talking about another symptom of liberalism

  • Thresherman

    The short answer to the question posed by the article is that people tend to hold cheaply that for which they have not paid dearly.

  • cylde

    I do not mind people choosing bondage or anal sex for them selves. I do not want them forcing their choice on me or anyone else that does not want it.