A tragic flaw in a free society is the propensity of people to believe liberty is eternal. It is easy to be seduced by comfort and believe that when another citizen’s freedom is trampled by the state it does not impact you. This myth has been famously destroyed time and time again. The Nobel Prize winning economist Ludwig von Mises perhaps put it best when he noted:
“No one can find a safe way out for himself if society is sweeping toward destruction. Therefore, everyone, in his own interests, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle. None can stand aside with unconcern; the interest of everyone hangs on the result.”
Your freedoms are directly linked to the those of your countrymen. What the state can do to one citizen, the state can do to all. Governments, if they are smart, do not overtly and in grand fashion seize new powers and become oppressive by a single decree or action, it is done through small increments usually wrapped in the color of law. The waters must first be tested and the citizenry must be conditioned to the new power and loss of liberty. The cumulative effect of these small seemingly unconnected incidents, laws, policies and behaviors is where the real design of despotism is seen. It is why stories like that of Eric Wright are so important to the overall cause of freedom. This is not an isolated incident or just the unfortunate chain of events for one individual; it is one example among millions and helps to show the overall path American society is on. This is an example of how an authoritarian system intimidates and turns ordinary citizens into criminal felons because it is legal in their minds to do so. America is now the land of the largest prison population, debtor prisons, criminalization of emergency medical care and a host of other police state transgressions. When it finally does happen to you, it is too late to complain.
(June 20) — When a newlywed cancer survivor with a heart condition started showing stroke symptoms, her husband knew he needed to get her to the hospital immediately. Now, the new groom faces a felony charge from an encounter with a police officer he says delayed his wife’s access to treatment.
Just married last week, Eric and Aline Wright of Chattanooga, Tenn., both medical professionals at Erlanger Medical Center, were enjoying what was supposed to be their honeymoon when Aline’s speech became slurred and her face began to droop on Wednesday. During the ride to the hospital, Eric says he paused at two red lights but ran them both. After passing through the second red light, a police cruiser pulled behind the couple’s vehicle, following it with lights and sirens on to the hospital.
Eric, a trained medic who served two tours in Iraq, said he knew getting Aline to medical care as quickly as possible was critical and at first felt glad when the officer pulled in behind them.
Eric said he reasoned that instead of pulling over and wasting time explaining the medical emergency in a potentially life-or-death situation, he could have that conversation with the officer at the hospital. “As long as my wife gets into the hospital and gets taken care of then we can talk about things like red lights,” he told AOL News.
But, according to Eric’s account, Chattanooga Officer Jim Daves blocked Eric, who was carrying Aline, a left-leg amputee, from immediately entering the hospital.
Read the rest of Eric’s story here: