Monday, September 10, 2007

What is in a Name?

I'm involved in quite a few social networks. MySpace and Facebook among them. Well, back in the early days of the Internet, I did everything under a pseudonym. Originally, it was Blade, but as registrations became more predominate, I switched over to Kidan. In fact, the first iteration of the KrashPAD that ever existed was entitled "Kidan's KrashPAD." Hence, why it's spelt with a 'K.'

Yet, recently, I invited an old friend from those early days to join my Facebook group, and he basically stumbled about the approval because he didn't recognize my full name.

When he questioned me about it on IM later, I replied that as I got older, I found the need and desire to work under a pseudonym to be less and less. And in fact, I tend to display my Real Name even in situations where pseudonyms are common. For example, the forums at TheForce.Net I am still registered there as Kidan, yet attached to that is my real name, and my real name accompanies all postings on the main portion of the site.

Well, that got me to wondering. Why am I now so easily disseminating my ideas, thoughts and theories under my own name? In this world where Google Searches can cost you a job, why would I do that?

The answer, can be summed up in a quote by Milton Acorda:
Without freedom, no one really has a name.
By pushing my ideas out there, regardless of how out-of-sync with political correctness, I am protecting my freedom. For example, it's not someone hidden in the shadows denouncing hate speech laws, it is me, Stephen Wrighton, doing it.

By attaching my real name to these things, I am putting a power behind it. I am claiming my freedom, and my right of speech. While catchphrases and quotes from anonymous sources exist, it is those that we can accredit to a specific person, be that Franklin, Roosevelt or Paine, that we hold most dear.

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Do You Remember?

Tomorrow is the anniversary of September 11th. A day of infamy on a par with the attack against Pearl Harbor.

Throughout Myspace and other blogs, we have a plenty of folks espousing us to remember the Firemen and Police Officers and others who lost their lives on that day, just a few short years ago.

While I have no reservations in remembering those that lost their lives in that attack on our sovereignty, I fear that we, as a nation, have forgotten a more important lesson. Mainly, just what our government is supposed to be. Just what it was that our forefathers fought, bleed and died for.

Thomas Jefferson said this:
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor and bread it has earned -- this is the sum of good government.
That was his definition of good government. Doesn't sound like ours now does it?

What's more, I've been reading a blog lately entitled Pro Liberate, and his latest article is a discourse on Power versus Authority. The author of that blog quite often discusses abuses of police power from across the nation.

Sadly, in this post-9/11 world of ours, he has way to many examples.

On these days when we should be thinking about those who have lost their lives via those "peace-loving" Muslims, instead we are given instances of police brutality and an officer of the law informing someone he pulled over rather randomly that he would perjure himself in order to arrest the car driver.

This is our world today. We live in a country that has forgotten its fundamentals. A country that ignores the backbone upon which our very lives and ideals were built. Woodrow Wilson said this about liberty:
Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of it. The history of liberty is a history of resistance.
Yet today, resistance is a quick fire way to end up arrested. At best.

At worst, you'll be raided by a paramilitary force, complete with automatic weapons, tear gas, and hoping for a chance to zap you with 50,000 volts of electricity. All for the non-violent offense of dissent. Complete with the possibility that your loved ones could end up shot, even if they are unresisting and naked. But, hey, it's the police, their word is without blemish in a court of law, and worth more than the word of the citizen.

How's that for innocent until proven guilty?

So, while it is a good and just thing to remember those that died in the September Eleventh attacks against our nation. We should also try to think of a way that we can restore our freedoms. We need to think of a way that we can live without the fear of a SWAT attack against our homes because we happen to be dissenters with certain laws.

So, while we should remember our dead, we should also try and remember how to be free.

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