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Liberty with Restrictions

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With the U.S. elections up to a running start, I looked at the parties involved and wondered why it took so long to get this far. For example, we're one of the last countries in the world to elect a woman as president of our country. And with a country made up primarily of "immigrants," you'd think we'd be beyond racism. Thus, this piece was created.

Side note: I created the pieces to this over the weekend and was in the process of putting it together. But then just recently, I went and saw Cloverfield (great movie by the way) and now that's the only thing I can think of...
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I like this poster- it screams "Orwellian" to me. I like the tone of it also- it's cynical, yes- and it still does tell the truth- Americans as a people are a mixed bag of nationalities and races- a real melting pot of immigrants whom the country welcomed. These immigrants came from poor living conditions, or oppression, or famine- and they all came to seek better opportunities to enrich their lives and the lives of their children. fast forward to the present, and the descendants of immigrants forget where we come from. For myself, I don't forget since my dad was from the Philippines and he was also in the US Navy. It was his path to citizenship. But I digress.

Nowadays the children of immigrants forget that they live in a land of freedom which was bought with blood. In order for us to keep our freedoms sometimes we have to bleed for it. The American Revolution was an economic breakaway from England before the actual shooting took place. The colonies were in a fight against tyranny, sure- it was Parliament who passed all those Acts which broke the colonists' back, and the colonies weren't represented.

And these children of immigrants also want to give up their freedoms, all in the name of security. Well, I see that our civil liberties are slowly being taken from us in the form of the Patriot Act (read ALL of it) the National Defense Appropriations Act of 2012-13 (Indefinite detention for AMERICAN CITIZENS who perform acts of terror...) Suspension of Habeas Corpus...well, the fella with the blinders on needs to read and take a look out his window cause odds are he has a mobile guard tower looking at him from across the street. And I quote Benjamin Franklin: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."