Freedoms Americans Have Given Away Since I Joined the Navy (updated 11/10/19)

By Doug Newman – email me here.
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Me. Ricky Recruit. 1983.

Me. Ricky Recruit. 1983.

On the Friday just before Memorial Day in 1983, I graduated from Navy boot camp at the now-defunct Recruit Training Command in Orlando, Florida. I was going to be “keeping America free”. Or at least that is what everyone told me.

Herewith is a partial list of freedoms that Americans have willingly relinquished since I joined the Navy.

For a much more in-depth treatment of this issue, read this article!

And if you think that by “terrorists”, the powers that be are only talking about scary looking brown guys with names like Mahmoud and Omar, think again. Various federal documents identify 72 types of people as “potential terrorists”.

In every election, 98 percent of people vote to perpetuate this madness.

America’s freedom is not being “taken from us”. Instead, we are giving it away. Gladly!

2016 was no different! Nor was 2018!

Liberals are at least honest about their belief in big government.

Conservatives talk like Patrick Henry and then vote for people who govern like Bernie Sanders. They support wars for empire, wars on drugs, spying, torture, trade sanctions and embargoes, rogue cops and guilt without trial. They also support corporate bailouts, massive debts and deficits and look the other way when their presidents raise taxes and give us things like gun-free schools, No Child Left Behind and Medicare Part D. In other words, they have no objection at all to big, fat, ugly, four-dimensionally obese government when it advances their agenda.

They are bigger liars than liberals. And THAT is saying something.

The most popular Republicans have no problem with a full frontal police-state approach to the immigration issue. Donald Trump, a Republican,  supports universal healthcare, border walls, travel bans, very aggressive protective tariffs, tax increases by executive order, “red flag” gun confiscation, printing money to pay off the debt and doing things that were “unthinkable a year ago” to fight terrorism.

If this is “conservatism”, it makes absolutely perfect sense that so many radical in-your-face socialists are on the march from the Left.

Please don’t thank me for my service. Instead, look in the mirror and acknowledge your part in enabling tyranny in America. I did this in late 1991 and I walked off the two-party plantation in early 1992.

It has been said that when someone realizes they are honestly mistaken, they either stop being mistaken or they stop being honest. I am not morally superior to you or to anyone, but I stopped being mistaken. What are you, reader, going to do?

Pro-freedom alternatives to the duopoly exist. There is the Libertarian Party. There is the Constitution Party. Check out their national, state and local candidates. If you continue to do what you have always done, you will continue to get what you have always gotten. Be the change you want to see!

Start by thanking him.

Start by thanking this guy.

I consider my true service to America to be my liberty activism over the last 25 years. And I haven’t done jack squat compared to a lot of people I can think of. Thank them before you thank me.

Wake up! Get a clue! Start realizing that the true threat to your freedom does not come from any terrorist group or foreign government. And, truth to tell, it does not come from Washington, D.C.

Rather, it comes from “we the people” and our insistence on electing the same people again and again. And it comes from our abject ignorance of our God-given rights.

If you insist on voting for the “lesser evil” – no matter how evil that may be – because of “electability”, don’t be surprised when God lets so much evil run amok. To quote the old Toyota jingle, you asked for it and you got it. If you like the “lesser evil”, why don’t you love the greater evil? In 2016, 96 percent of voters chose either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, i.e. chose perpetual war as well as MASSIVE additional intrusions on our personal and economic liberty.

It IS happening here. Free-DUMB!

It IS happening here. Free-DUMB!

We know everything about the latest bit of election gossip and nothing about how the Bill of Rights applies to us at a traffic stop or when we are called to serve on a jury. We think that tyranny “can’t happen here.”

It CAN happen here. It IS happening here. It was happening long before anyone ever heard of the current president. And it is all happening with our blessing. Every last contemptible bit of it. If there ever was a people who got EXACTLY the government they deserve it is the American people in 2018.

Liberty is a gift from God, not the military. The duty of the military is to defend the borders, shores and airspace. It cannot defend our liberty. That is our job.

There is no more vile form of disrespect to our sailors, soldiers, airmen and marines than to send them all over the world “to fight for our freedom”, where no threat exists, while at the same time giving away that freedom here at home.


About Food for the Thinkers

My name is Doug Newman. I live in Aurora, Colorado, just outside Denver. Food for the Thinkers is mostly about the connection between Christianity and libertarianism. Most Christians do not understand libertarianism. And most libertarians do not understand Christianity. Hopefully, this blog helps clear up those misunderstanding. Check out my old page at And remember: When you let people do whatever they want, you get Woodstock. But when you let governments do whatever they want, you get Auschwitz.
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11 Responses to Freedoms Americans Have Given Away Since I Joined the Navy (updated 11/10/19)

  1. The “America” I knew when I joined the Army (Oct 21st, 1986), is as far removed from the America I came to know, when I finished my Army enlistments and rejoined “civilianhood”. – Even I noticed a stark contrast in what was supposedly a “free nation”, later.


    You let us former soldiers down, as we spent many harsh hours, days, weeks, and years standing as the vanguards in the pursuit of keeping Our Country safe! TO THE VOTER: Now, WHAT was all that about us serving for freedom and liberty, again???

  2. Dale says:

    Articulate, in-your-face and appropriate article, Mr. Newman; thank you.

    To Rev. Dragon’s Eye, I can scarcely fathom what you wrote: “America…You let us former soldiers down, as we spent many harsh hours, days, weeks, and years standing as the vanguards in the pursuit of keeping Our Country safe!”

    I dare say that, what with all the rhetoric from the NG (National Government) about “spreading democracy” and “fighting for liberty,” few non-soldiers understand that, as Mr. Newman so eloquently and rightly wrote, “Liberty is a gift from God, not the military. The duty of the military is to defend the borders, shores and airspace. It cannot defend our liberty. That is our job.”

    If only what both of you wrote can be both heard and understood by the non-soldiers.

    Thank you both for your posts.

  3. Danny says:

    Doug, you have written many excellent articles. This one could well be the best and I thank you for writing it.

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  6. antodav says:

    Some of these aren’t really “freedoms” per se, the article describes the 2016 election as “approaching” and then discussss the results of it in the next paragraph, and it totally misrepresents Donald Trump’s foreign policy, while making an outright silly statement about the viability of the LP and CP.

    But, it makes a good point anyways.

  7. My tour in Vietnam happened only due to not wanting to be put in jail. The USA worked things out by a civil war and ever since , we have stuck our noses in other civil wars under the pretext of “civil wars are not allowed.
    I have tried for change and will continue to my dying day to keep changes going in a direction that will reverse trends in the afor mentioned laundry list.
    We shut down the state convention in Nevada over having a person which mirrored Jane Fonda stuck in our face instead of Dr Paul..

  8. Russ says:

    VERY WELL put and I agree.
    I did not vote 4 trump (covfee) or Clinton .
    Actually I Rmbr the Rose Law ordeal
    & the lack of justice to follow .
    Actually the secret service found damning evidence in Clinton bedroom in Whitehouse and turned it over ..yet the Clinton escaped
    Prosecution again due to statute of limitations even though also guilty of lying to Congress ..for shame .
    I am getting more n more active in speaking out and I’m used to being ostracized for being autistic and a “protagonist ” for standing on my principals . IDLY by is no longer an option
    We all need to Put up or ? Go home ?
    That’s if they haven’t confiscated it w out due process already .
    Please keep up your good works
    I HAve no heirs Hwvr I speak up and STAND up for Americans and Humanities sake . All people are your Family
    Humanity shall be my heir
    I don’t care for thx and need not be mentioned in any historical foot note or the people’s memories . I SPEAK up and Stand up for what is right and what is the common law and God’s laws .
    BIAS is ignorance
    Read, learn, share, vote, speak up and above all Stand for what is Right
    Help fix or suffer is the ?
    Yes do please look in the mirror and ask yourself Who am I and what do I Value
    Then Act on it for what is right -Please
    Excellent article .well written & SHARED

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