[To Joseph Farah:] You ask the question "Why are Americans killing themselves?" and reach deeply into the American psyche and the political and cultural milieu for answers; it is one of your greatest editorials.
Suicide is the ultimate act of despair or defiance. Like the proverbial canary in the mine, a soaring U.S. suicide rate telegraphs that something has gone terribly awry in our country. Recently, a woman caller to a radio show lamented that the loss of America and our freedoms under this federal government felt like the loss of a child. That, too, says it all.
Within the memory of many alive today, America was once the land of the free, and there was a joy of life in this nation. The freedom was invigorating. The breath and breadth of liberty unleashed boundless possibilities for the fulfillment of hopes and dreams. The worst sort of people in Washington, D.C., have changed all that. They are tearing up the Constitution and supercharging a frightfully intrusive, invasive and consuming government that makes serfs of a free people and intentionally sows despair. The rate of suicide has increased dramatically.
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To restore America as the land of the free, is it necessary for the states to assert their sovereignty under the Constitution and subtract unconstitutional powers from the leviathan? After all, the courts have failed the people in this respect. Let's have an open, broad-ranging constitutional debate about this issue in the blogosphere and, especially, on talk radio before the Obamaites and the leviathan ban free speech altogether.
"The makers of our Constitution ... recognized the significance of man's spiritual nature, of his feelings and of his intellect. ... They sought to protect Americans in their beliefs, their thoughts, their emotions, and their sensations. They conferred as against the government the right to be left alone – the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men." –Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis in Olmstead v. U.S. (1928)