Even while courts rule against President Biden’s vax mandates, our freedoms are, like the Paul Simon song by the same name, “Slip-sliding away.” This is because corporate America is both intimidated and controlled by leftist cretins sitting at the top of the pyramid. Or perhaps they are just plain stupid in the face of wokeness, and mindlessly toe the leftist line.

One of the best ways to judge your loss of freedom is through travel. Can you visit another country without vaccination proof, or board a plane without donning a useless and virtue-signaling mask? Can you enter an airport without the dread of a long TSA “security theater” line, or the threat of being patted down?

If you say something about “Fourth amendment guarantees,” will you be set aside like a naughty child, who at best receives a lecture, and, at worse, misses his flight?

Do you find that you often catch yourself in mid-sentence, to mentally check if perhaps you are using words that might possibly offend someone?

Have you seen the airport display boards stating, “No second warning”? What will happen if you complain about COVID regulations to an entry-level flight attendant? Will you be ordered off the plane if you have written something politically incorrect on your mask? Will the plane turn around if it has already taken off?

Surly you’ve heard the incessant PA announcements, blaring throughout America’s airports: “If you see something, say something.”

Can you show up at a local school board meeting and not feel the dread of saying the wrong thing, that might be followed by a SWAT team visit or FBI raid? Has it inhibited your style of commentary or willingness to get involved?

Can you enter a hospital without dreading that it might become your prison? Can your friends and relatives visit while you recover from an accident? If you do not like your treatment for a sickness, can you walk out?

If you need foot surgery, will you be required to wear a mask while visiting the podiatrist, forced to take a COVID test, or get the jab?

Why do we honor Patrick Henry and his famous line, “Give me liberty, or give me death”? Was it all just lip service?

What will happen if you attend a political or protest rally that is not sanctioned by the left? Will there be trolls in the crowd, waiting to sabotage the event? Will the media portray your intentions as honorable? Will the media even cover it?

Can you keep your job without risking your life, your DNA or your fertility to an experimental injection?

If you refuse to use the proper politically correct gender-neutral pronouns, will you be subject to a corporate woke sensitivity training session and encircled by fellow employees who point out your white, racist sins? Even if you are non-white?

Do you trust your governor, mayor, pastor, pharmacist, doctor, sports hero, school administrator or state legislator? Do you trust the military anymore?

Do you belong to a civic organization? Have they issued bulletins or newsletters discussing their new politically correct policies?

Do you find that you often catch yourself in mid-sentence, to mentally check if perhaps you are using words that might possibly offend someone?

When alone in a small group, enjoying dinner or a drink trusted friends or co-workers or neighbors, do you find that at last you can speak your mind and that, lo and behold, they agree with you? Do you say things you would never utter at work, even with the very same people?

Do you question the origins of the virus and the nefarious contents of experimental jab?

Do you portray an a “official” personality in public, but a different, “unofficial” one at home?

If the answers to the questions are, yes, then you are beginning to experience what it is like to live in a communist society, a command economy, and a propaganda-driven culture. Not only is society split, but we also split ourselves, playing make-believe in the daytime – and reality at home.

This is no way to live. It is intolerable because it is inhuman and slavish. Is survival the only virtue?

Why do we honor Patrick Henry and his famous line, “Give me liberty, or give me death”? Was it all just lip service?

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Hard questions we must ask as liberty slips away

Bob Bird
Bob Bird ran for U.S. Senate in 1990 and 2008. He is a past president of Alaska Right to Life, a 47-year Alaska resident and a retired public school teacher. He has a passion for studying and teaching Alaska and U.S. constitutional history. He lives on the Kenai Peninsula and is currently a daily radio talk-show host for The Talk of the Kenai, on KSRM 920 AM from 3-5 pm and heard online


  • NAV says:

    “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God” (proposed by Franklin for the motto of the Great Seal of the United States).
    “This Constitution…can only end in despotism…when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.”
    “I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” – Thomas Jefferson

  • NAV says:

    FREEDOM isn’t FREE

  • NAV says:

    “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God” (proposed by Franklin for the motto of the Great Seal of the United States).

  • Ed Martin Jr says:

    Question, Am I still American ? What burden does that come with? YES GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH ? Only, It seems God is Listening… May I be Blessed!

  • John J Otness says:

    Video of how some Nations are dealing with the corrupt in politics that are Liberty Thieves… I hope we are not so arrogant
    as to learn. from them.

  • jh says:

    To say nothing is saying something. You must denounce things you are against, or one might believe that you support things you really do not.”
    I will not be silent!
    Mind reading might be helpful…

  • jh says:

    There are great minds, average minds, and small minds.
    Personally, I try and stay away from criminal minds.

  • DoneWithIt says:

    In many ways the battle has already been lost.
    In an Authoritarian society – those that you fear offending are the ones in charge – think about that…
    In all societies that collapsed to tyranny 2 things occurred simultaneously – gender blurring and the loss of respect for the sanctity of life and the individual.
    Maoism, Stalinism, Leninism, Nazism – all flourished in societies that were comprised of educated, talented people that were artists, writers, business people – do not be fooled that we are somehow free – EVERYTHING will come crashing down – probably due to economic collapse or some sort of Black Swan event.

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    The answer is yes, it’s mind blowing these woke, afraid sheep, trying to run this country
    I will not comply

    • nicole says:

      You are not alone. I will not comply. I reject the false narrative that self-harm is required for the good of the collective, that my maskless face is a threat to anyone. I will not advertise a lie on my face which instills irrational fear in others and advances a lawless authoritarianism on myself, my children, and my fellow countrymen. It is not virtuous or loving my neighbor the assist in their enslavement.

  • Grumpy Old Combat Veteran says:

    Let me answer your questions in the article. Yes, I will defend my freedoms to the Death if I have too so that I can ensure my children and Grandchildren continue to live in a free society. I do not whitewash any of my feelings or concerns and if you don’t like the way I speak or address you then turn around and leave. I will not bend I will not change to your norms just so you can feel secure. The Bible says an Eye for an Eye and I will not turn the other cheek but move forward and eliminate the threat. Trust the military YES trust the Leadership NO I have served under the current Secretary of Defense, and he is no fit to serve the United States anymore he is bigoted individual that has a chip on his shoulder.

  • Kfinh says:

    We hide our identity and use pseudonym name on online forums and chat boards for fear of being canceled and/or Dox. We hold our tongue and bite our lip in public for fear of being called a racist and not being politically correct. We take jabs forced on us by our employers who for some of us have worked many years for, just to be able to earn a living. Telling ourselves “just this one time” knowing full well that this one time is the beginning of letting your employer also be your doctor. We don’t talk politics and Covid with friends and family for fear of ruining family gatherings. Now CNN analysts and a former FBI agents suggest that just mentioning your dislike for the current king in the White House using certain chant might be equated with declaring “Long Live ISIS.” I may have not grown up in a communist country but by the look of things, America is heading if we’re not already there yet towards a communist government regime similar in ways to China. We’re already seeing some of that now. Government spying on Americans citizens for speaking out against current political situation. Americans citizens being segregated based on vaccination status. Eventually we’ll also have the social credit score that will determine what free Americans can and can’t do based on how well they behave in society. We are our worst enemy. When we ourselves start to self censorship, we have already lost. We don’t need to fear the government controlling us, society already is doing that for us. Americans have already been conditioned to think of freedom as just a word or a phrase we use. We say things like we have freedom they can’t do this to us! But do we really have freedom? Are we really free people? If we’re told to jump by the government or else, or we really free to choose to not jump?

  • Michael Hughes says:

    Our Lady of Fatima said that the whole world will succumb to the evils of communism. Looks like it is coming true but we who love God and the freedoms he has given us still have to stand our ground and not be afraid to speak thw Truth, wherever and whenever we find the opportunity. Just an example: today I was at the DMV and in the course of a conversation with the person behind the counter rather forcefully said that I refuse to comply with any of this evil and am not afraid of being thrown into a concentration camp as is being done in Australia and Canada. I received an interesting stare from one of the other workers and pointed it out, with voice loud enough for everyone to hear, but with a smile on my face.
    If we all allow others to intimidate us into watching what we say, we are already lost.

  • Dan+Baldwin says:

    The answer is to shrink the government so it doesn’t have as much control over us.

  • dino says:

    I’ve come to the conclusion over this last year that’s it’s not (just) our leaders and our institutions. It’s us. We put up with it. The paycheck comes first. We are not the society we thought we are nor once were.

  • Jen says:

    Its what happens when a peoples do not know God they don’t know his love so they can’t love others unconditionally. I love you But if you meet my needs and requests.