Are we not at a time in history where less than 50% of people pay income taxes? are we not at a time in history where more people want the government to provide for them at the expense of others? It seems to me that we are nearing the end of our life cycle of liberty. One can argue that the first settlers to colonize North America from Europe were fleeing bondage and servitude to a government; that their spiritual faith led them to strike out against overwhelming odds for the very slim chance of being free to live as they chose. That spiritual faith led to an act of great courage. The Declaration of Independence was and still is one of the most important historical documents. ordinary men and women fought against perhaps the greatest power of the world and won their freedom at great cost and sacrifice. The courage of a few resulted in the liberty of many. The Constitution was meant to establish a government whose sole purpose was to protect the liberty of its citizens. None can argue that it was our liberties and freedoms that led this country to abundance. In less than two hundred years we were a world power. But as all great nations we slipped into complacency then; Apathy And we will end up back in bondage. But it will be less overt than the bondage our ancestors were subjected to. We will be held in bondage by a caring, benevolent government that denies us liberty so as to protect us from ourselves. Choice is removed and we are to be happy to pay for the privilege of being protected in all aspects of our lives. "Bad for you" things like soda and alcohol are taxed. All risk will be removed and no one will ever suffer the consequences of their poor decisions. We are forced to buy what the government tells us we must or suffer the economic penalties. a larger and larger share of the fruits of our labor will be usurped by the government to exercise this control and we will be happy to give it to them. We have been taught that we are helpless, incapable of making our own decisions. We have been conditioned to believe that we are free when in fact the very freedoms our ancestors fought to win are being taken from us.