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

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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