We speak of liberty in the United States all the time. But do we really understand the concept? We assume that liberty is synonymous with “doing what we want”. But liberty is far more than mere 1960s slogans. Liberty is freedom from arbitrary control; it is freedom to exercise the inalienable rights endowed upon us by our Creator; it is freedom from oppressive power exerted by government; it is freedom from all forms of tyranny.
We like to think that our liberty today is as pure as it was at the beginning of our nation—even better, many of us think—but we are wrong. Our liberty has been weakened over the past 100 years; we are not as free as our founders intended. We like to think that our liberty is strong and resilient—but we are wrong. Our liberty is extremely fragile and can be gone as swiftly as the next election.
We like to think that the only true threats to our liberty are foreign—but we are wrong. The greatest threat to our liberty, to the liberty of any nation, to the liberty of any civilization is always the threat that comes from within.
Over the past 100 years we have traded bits, pieces and more recently, large blocks of our liberty for government promises to take care of our financial, educational, safety, health and other daily needs. All we have to show for this trade is an illusion of a government-provided safety net that is no more real than a chimerical siren call. Unfortunately, as a nation we have altered how we view the role of government in our lives. As a result, we now find ourselves on the brink of self-imposed tyranny.
The Democratic Party, with control of both our Congressional and Executive branches of government, is now trying to consolidate power further—and attempting to do so with complete disregard for the will of the American people. They are pushing a progressive agenda behind the false flag of social justice, an agenda that will financially enslave our children, our grandchildren and generations to come. America as we know it will be relegated to the darkest corner of history.
The only way to prevent them from succeeding is for the people to be educated on how we have gotten to this point; to know what it really means to be a people of liberty; to appreciate what our founders intended for our nation.
Author Robert Allen Bonelli has written a treatise on liberty that is different from most currently published works on the subject. It is a modern-day Common Sense, educating the reader to the potential threat to American liberty in a reasoned but passionate way. He pulls together relevant American history; a review of societal structures and philosophies; the Constitution; our nation’s financial challenges; individual values; a clear and historically supported presentation of the threat to liberty from within; and positive peaceful solutions to the vanquishing the threat. As he writes near the close of his work “We are a people of liberty who have awakened to see our liberty threatened; who have rejoined the battle and are ready to defend our liberty.” He concludes with these words: “when we acknowledge the sacrifice of so many throughout our history, inflaming a passion for freedom that will burn forever, then we will stand together, looking out over a free world made safer by this great nation and we will all admire the brilliant light of liberty rising.”
About the Author
Robert Allen Bonelli has more than 30 years of financial industry experience and is currently a Partner and President of Northeast Securities, Inc., a diverse financial services firm with his office at 100 Wall Street in New York City. Prior to joining Northeast, Mr. Bonelli came to Wall Street in 1990 when he joined Ernst & Company, a New York Stock Exchange member firm since 1924. In 1993 he engineered the conversion of Ernst from a partnership to a corporation, and became the firm’s Chief Financial Officer. While at Ernst, he also managed the successful Ernst Bank Equity Fund, LP., which outperformed the S&P 500 for seven (7) years, yielding investors a net (of all fees) average annual return of 32%. Mr. Bonelli was a bank executive for 15 years before coming to Wall Street, where he was recognized as an industry leader and innovator in the specialty of strategic planning and corporate development. Prior to entering the financial world, Mr. Bonelli was trained as an engineer and received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic University of New York in 1972. He worked full time as an engineer with a small research laboratory on Department of Defense projects while attending the Polytechnic on a full time basis. He joined Digital Equipment Corporation following graduation and made the transition from engineering to business while with that company.
Mr. Bonelli, the son of a New York City cab driver, never lost touch with his hard beginnings as he rose through the ranks of business. He raised the initial funding to start the New Jersey Infant Feeding Fund in 1982 by running 52 miles from New York City to Morristown, New Jersey and continued to help raise money for that organization for several years, assisting over 1,500 families, before the charity was merged into the New Jersey Council of Churches. An accomplished public speaker, Mr. Bonelli has recently been active in the TEA Party movement in New Jersey and has spoken at rallies on how the fiscal irresponsibility of government is reducing our liberty and the liberty of generations to come. Mr. Bonelli is a competitive long distance runner, an accomplished photographer and a published author. He resides in New Jersey with his wife, where he is active in a variety of community affairs. Mr. Bonelli was most recently a member of the Board of Trustees of Bucknell University.
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