If you visit the Korean War Memorial in Washington, D. C. you will see the following words inscribed there: “Freedom is not free.” This inscription is prophetic. Indeed freedom is not free, and the cost of freedom is increasing everyday as President Obama and his fellow travelers on the left do their best to shackle Americans in the chains of government regulations, government control, and government coercion. In truth, conservatives and Christians in America now have only as much freedom as they are willing to fight for. For example, freedom of religion and freedom of speech are under constant attack from the left as liberals push their freedom-from-religion agenda and whittle away at freedom of speech using the coercive tactic known as political correctness.

It is no exaggeration to claim—as I do—that America is becoming more and more like a communist nation and less and less like the “land of the free and home of the brave.” With this in mind, I want to remind readers of just what is at stake in the battle to restore America to the nation envisioned by our Founders. The best way I know to do this is to quote key passages from the inaugural address of President Harry Truman delivered on January 20, 1949 in which he compared and contrasted communism and democracy on the eve of the Korean War:
“Communism is based on the belief that man is so weak and inadequate that he is unable to govern himself, and therefore requires the rule of strong masters.”

“Democracy is based on the conviction that man has the moral and intellectual capacity, as well as the inalienable right, to govern himself with reason and justice.”

“Communism subjects the individual to arrest without lawful cause, punishment without trial, and forced labor as chattel of the state. It decrees what information he shall receive, what art he shall produce, what leaders he shall follow, and thoughts he shall think.”

“Democracy maintains that government is established for the benefit of the individual, and is charged with the responsibility of protecting the rights of the individual and his freedom…”

These comments by Truman are worthy of our attention even 64 years after he spoke them. Communism is based on the belief that man is “unable to govern himself, and therefore requires the rule of strong masters.” In America, those strong masters are government bureaucrats. Truman could have been talking about Barack Obama’s America when he made this prescient comment. Government control over the individual is becoming more and more the reality in America while individual liberty and personal freedom are in decline. Did you ever think the government would tell you what size soda you could drink, how many rounds of ammunition your gun could hold, or what type of flushing mechanism your toilet must have?

Did you ever think the government could subject you to “punishment without trial” by simply dropping a drone on you? Did you ever think the government would decree what information you can receive by manipulating a willing media? Did you ever think the government would transform public school into indoctrination centers to control the thoughts of your children? These are things that happen in communist nations not democracies such as the United States, yet all of these things are happening in our country right now.

President Truman was prophetic when he sounded the warning about communism 64 years ago. Since that time, liberals have made slow but steady progress toward their long-term goal of transforming America into a nation of government-controlled, mindless sheep. Their progress has been slow enough to avoid setting off major alarm bells, but certain enough to ensure a definite transformation. As a result, many conservatives are finally waking up and saying, “What happened?” It is not too late to take our country back and restore the vision of our Founding Fathers, but every day the challenge becomes more difficult. All quotes in this column are from “Miracles in American History” by Susie Federer.