But America’s investment system is not perfect.
Investment freedom does not come free and everyone has to defend it every day. Not just in the US either. I am not talking about fighting a war on terrorism.
Obviously terrorism is a problem. The biggest enemy however that any nation, or person, faces is always within. America is especially vulnerable because its citizens have become so rich. We, the American people, must combat every single day the natural tendency to become “fat and lazy” with success.
Freedom is a process. There are many who will stop it and rob us of it, if they can. They won’t use gun point or bombs, but trickery, deception and gradual manipulation of the system to control of our lives in every way.
We do not need a conspiracy in the predetermined sense to take away our freedom.
The very nature of living and commerce can enslave us if we do not pay attention. Here are some who are robbing us of freedom right now and what they are doing to everybody, not Americans.
The daily news media is reducing our intellect to the lowest common denominator.
The oil industry is burning our deepest wealth.
Governments tempt us with promises that cannot be fulfilled.
The legal system is upending the scales in our hearts.
Organized religion is limiting our relation with God.
The fast food businesses is making us fat and ruining our health.
The pharmaceutical industry is putting our defenses to sleep.
Take the pharmaceutical manufacturer. Merck & Co., as one small example.
Merck, has a new drug called Gardasil. Gardasil helps prevent infection of four of the 30 types of HPV (Human Papilloma) Virus. Two of these four viruses HPV #16 and HPV #18 are said to cause about 70% of cervical cancer of which 11,000 women a year are diagnosed with in the US.
This is a very limited medicine as its effectiveness is mainly limited to girls and women age 9 to 26, who have never been previously exposed to the virus.
This vaccine has risks and has limited effectiveness. There are other safe, natural ways to eradicate HPV. Yet Merck has been lobbying in numerous states to make it a law that all teenage girls be inoculated.
With such a law Merck could earn a billion dollars a year from this vaccine.
Severe side effects are being reported by girls who have already taken the drug. 1,637 adverse reactions have been reported by Judicial Watch, a public interest watchdog. Three girls died shortly after immunization. In Australia, 25 girls who received Guardasil had headaches, nausea, and dizziness, some bad enough to require hospitalization.
Could there also be long term affects? Remember Merck & Co. was the
manufacturer of Vioxx which Merck had to withdraw from the market because of concerns about increased risk of heart attack and stroke associated with long-term, high-dosage use. This was not until after some people (claims up to 60,000 people) died from Vioxx use.
Guardasil may be good in some instances. I honestly do not know. Yet it looks to me like what we really need to guard against is Guardasil and anyone who would forces us to put something in our bodies that could harm us.
This is one example of hundreds, probably thousands of forces being pressed on our freedom every day.
On fourth of July celebrate freedom. Let’s rejoice that a huge part of the world now enjoys democratic capitalism and ever growing affluence because of it. Yet let’s also use this day to remind ourselves not let our guard down.
This is Independence Day. Could we rename it Responsibility Day? The more we can be responsible, the more we can be free.
I cannot help but wonder if we spent this day studying and reflecting on responsibility instead of waving flags and shooting off fireworks, we would all be more independent?
Trillions of dollars, millions of lives and endless hours, days, decades and centuries have been spent gaining the freedom we now enjoy. Let’s not give it all away by being fooled by the lies, hidden agendas and tricks of the many who really will enslave us if they can.
We send our hopes for a great life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to all of you!
Gary & Merri
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