Owned: We’ve Come Too Far to go Back into Slavery

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Annie Peterson | Patriot Retirement

America is a great nation with a tremendous legacy, but there are plenty of things we could have—and should have—done better. They say hindsight is 20/20 and we’ve had plenty of time to reflect on our (many) mistakes. 

Looking back on where we’ve come from it’s easy to see that our nation’s founders should have treated Native Americans better. They were the rightful inhabitants of this great land, after all. . .the First Nation. What happened to them was an abomination. 

And, of course it goes without saying that our forefathers should have avoided slavery at all costs. The sin of slavery has cast a pall on our nation—a curse, if you will—and it has left us with deep-seated agonies that linger, even today. If we could erase this horrific period from our nation’s history, we would. 

Certainly, there are lessons to be learned from the pain. Hard lessons. 

To take another human being as a possession, to treat them as anything but human, is vile, disgusting, and completely against everything that is good. An “owned” person has no rights—his speech is censored, he’s not free to come and go as he likes, and he’s in constant fear that his owner might cut off his sustenance. This goes against everything the Constitution promises us as citizens. 

Go back up and read that last part again. If it sounds strangely familiar, that’s because we’re seeing a resurgence of the vile principles of slavery once again, albeit played out in a vastly different way. We’re watching as our new owners—the puppeteers—limit us at every turn, holding us in bondage in new and frightening ways. 

Consider the following limitations: 

  • Mandates (everything from lockdowns to vaccines): Your ability to decide for yourself is limited. 
  • Quarantines: Your ability to move about freely is limited. 
  • Censorship: Your speech is limited. 
  • Masked faces: Your personal connection with others is limited. 
  • Closed religious institutions: Your ability to worship freely is limited. 
  • Shutdown of businesses: Your ability to earn a living is limited. 
  • Stimulus checks: Your ability to care for yourself is limited. 

We’re told “Trust your owners. We’ll take good care of you. We promise.” But, can we trust them? Should we? 

“A slave was considered by law as property, or chattel, and was deprived of most of the rights ordinarily held by free persons.”
Encyclopedia Britannica

Let’s pause for a moment and look at that last part: “deprived of most of the rights ordinarily held by free persons.” 

As a free human being you have a constitutional right to move about without fear, to worship when and where you like, and to earn a living according to your own choosing. You have a right to make decisions for yourself and connect with others when and how you please. And you have an absolute right to share your thoughts freely in the public arena without fear of repercussions. 

These are all basic American freedoms. 

And they’ve all been stripped away in just a few short months. 

There’s really only one way to rid a country of something as vile as the sin of false ownership. It has to be abolished. We need the Abraham Lincolns of the 21st century to rise up and said, “Let these people go!” And we have to remind ourselves that being owned was never a good idea. 

We don’t want to look back at this season and ask the question: “How could they let that happen?” 

We mustn’t let it happen. We must take the lessons we’ve already learned and run as fast and far from the plantation as possible. 

“Until you realize how easy it is for your mind to be manipulated, you remain the puppet of someone else's game.” 
― Evita Ochel


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