Limiting our freedoms – making sense of the ‘big picture’

Have you ever found a bunch of strings so knotted up, it was difficult to tell which thread went where, how they connected – and how to untangle them?  Pulling on some strings just seems to make it more knotted up and incomprihensible… you had to pull a little bit on each one, switching back and forth, to figure it out and realize which ones wrapped around which other ones – and how, before you could make much progress in untangling it.

That is how I feel when trying to describe the ‘big picture’ of the current threats to our freedom of speech – which is the key that unlocks all our other freedoms.

Because the current situation we are facing – the various threats to our freedoms – consists of exactly the type of ‘tangled knot’ made up of several quite discrete (and a few of them frayed into several ‘strands’) ‘threads’!  If I ‘pull’ on one ‘thread’ alone, it will not clear up anything…  Therefore, I beg you, the reader, to keep this in mind and indulge my ‘haphazard’ and disorganized presentation – hopping from one bit to another, pulling a little bit on each ‘thread’ in its turn… 

Another problem I ran into while trying to write this up was just how long the post was getting… It became necessary to break it up into many shorter ones.  My fear in doing this?  I have tried doing this before, but never got all the ‘bits’ out because something ‘big’ happened that I wanted to comment on – or I never connected them up properly – or I went off on some tangent.

This one, however, is too important not to give it a try.

So, over the next little while, I will be posting a various, seemingly unrelated, stories – each a part of one thread or another which makes up this ‘knot’.  And, I plan to connect them up!  Perhaps in the last post of the series, perhaps as a separate page (like I am doing with the Aspergers posts).

Any additional information you come accross that you think should be included in this, or when I make mistakes which you could correct – please, let me know!  I welcome this because even though I think I see a pattern here, one person can never get the ‘whole’ of the ‘big picture’ without the help of historical perspective…which only comes centuries after the events.  

And our freedoms – they are in more danger of being eroded, one tiny bit at a time, than most of us are willing to admit.