FREEDOM: Do We Know What It Is Anymore?
I hope you have a wonderful weekend planned with your family or friends to celebrate our Nation’s Birthday. July 4th is a holiday that some commentators have recently stated should not be celebrated because of the shame America should feel for its place in the World political stage. Some have said that we cannot celebrate it because of our involvement in a war based on lies. Some have said that they are not proud of this Country or at least haven’t been proud of it until their spouse began to run for President. But if you are an American–if you understand the value of being a free person in a free society then you should most definitely celebrate this day. But what are we celebrating exactly? What is “FREEDOM?”
Maybe this is freedom:
Okay-so maybe that is too much freedom. But seriously–how can we define this word?
FREEDOM: Defined by Dictionary.com to mean: “The state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement; exemption from external control, interference, regulation; the power to determine action without restraint…the power to exercise choice and make decision without constraint from within or without; autonomy; self-determination.”
The power to determine action without restraint! What powerful words those are. As we approach an election year where one candidate in particular is proposing massive programs to further increase our dependence on the government instead of our independence from it–let’s consider what Freedom is and what it is not.
FREEDOM IS: Being able to express your thoughts and ideas without fear of the government restraining such ability.
FREEDOM IS NOT: Regulating our radio airwaves under the cloak of “fairness” to force one view to be diminished so that other views can be heard more. Nor is it being told that a refusal to see a film that demonizes our troops and our country is a form of censorship when in fact it is a form of free choice and free will.
FREEDOM IS: Being able to earn a legal living pursuing your personal passion and knowing that at the end of the day you will receive the amount you actually earned.
FREEDOM IS NOT: Having the government take a substantial portion of what you earn and redistribute it among those who did not earn it under the idea that the government is better equipped to be a good steward of YOUR money. Nor is it being punished for being financially successful by taking away even more of what you earned under the idea that the government knows best how much you “really” need.
FREEDOM IS: Allowing private entities to make profits and generate income for their employees and shareholders, knowing that if prices are too high, the market will eventually adjust to accommodate the supply and demand of the marketplace.
FREEDOM IS NOT: Deciding that a particular industry is making “excessive profits” and thereby impose laws directed at certain industries forcing them to take those profits and (not give them to the public) but give them to the government to be redistributed.
FREEDOM IS: “defined by the ability of citizens to live without government interference.” Ron Paul (okay so I wouldn’t vote for this guy because I think he is kind of a nut–but this quote is right on)
FREEDOM IS NOT: defined by the ability or desire of the government to interfere with the lives of its citizens.
And all the blood, sweat and tears it stands for. The honor and integrity of our soliders and the death of those who gave their life so that I can worship where and Who I want, so that I can maintain a blog containing my right-wing opinions, so that I can raise my children to be the best they can be and so that I can seize opportunity and make the best life for myself that I am able.
A Gift from God:
It is not given to us by the Government. The only thing the government can do is take it away. The government’s job is to protect our freedom–but it has no ability to distribute it, give it, create it or positively affect it other than to protect it. It doesn’t come from Obama or McCain or anyone else–Freedom is God’s Heavenly gift to us.
Not Easily Obtained or Held, but Easily Lost:
It has taken many lives from Bunker Hill to Iwo Jima to Normandy to Korea to Vietnam to Iraq and beyond to obtain and maintain our freedoms. Many seek to destroy those freedoms, many seek to cast us into a pit of dependence and imprisonment. It was 40 years ago that a militant Muslim angry with our alliance with Israel shot and killed Robert Kennedy. Yes, terrorism began a long time ago and is still present today. So, this 4th of July I will say a long prayer for our troops. A prayer for their safety and thanks for their continued dilligence even in the face of would-be leaders who criticize them and belittle their efforts.
Finally-it is Freedom that allows you and I to disagree openly about politics, religion, the quality of the recent Indiana Jones movie. It is Freedom that allows me to worship at a Baptist Church and allows Americans, yes Americans to worship in a Mosque as well. It is Freedom that allows me to chose my profession and change it completely if I want to. It is Freedom that allows us to use our brains and make a wise decision about the future of our wonderful Nation, and the future of Freedom itself.
Don’t go into this weekend with any other thought than to give thanks and praise for the greatest Nation in the World and the heart of its people. And please, don’t go into the ballot boxes in November with any other concern than how your vote may affect the future of Freedom for you and all of us.
Happy 4th of July!
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