Freedom is a Choice

    c.124w freedomFreedom
    …once claimed, can be forfeited.
    …once granted, can be revoked.
    …now, does not mean forever.

    Freedom can be “your way” (so long as you don’t harm another).

    Freedom means choosing. Trying new things. Thinking new thoughts. Even failing.

    Unless we wake up, blow the cobwebs out of our collective brain and act responsibly, we’re going to find out first-hand what life without the freedoms we once took for granted is like.

    Take some time this week — particularly on July 4 — to imagine the men, women, and children who paid with their health, property, families, and lives to break away from the Crown and establish an independent nation. How would they feel about what we’ve become?

    Would they feel vindicated? Or would they scream in horror, “For this I gave my life!?”

    Rulers declaring this country the symbol of all evil do not want freedom for their populous. They want the majority reverting to life in the Dark Ages while the chosen few revel in power and luxury. They are easy to spot and are far less harmful than our Leaders who want the same. It is the latter for whom we must remain vigilant.

    There’s a quiet, continual, insidious chipping away of our freedoms. Daily there are more rules. More regulations. More infringements on our privacy and lives. Small adjustments. Fine tuning. Clarification. Often unnoticed. Besides, we are comfortable. We are busy. We’re okay with the status quo.

    Mr. Frog found a great resting spot in a nice pot of fresh water. A stranger kindly lit a fire under the pot and Mr. Frog gratefully warmed his little bod. The instant the warm water became unbearably hot was too late for our friend–he was cooked.

    Please, if you won’t learn from History, learn from Mr. Frog. Wake up! If freedom is worth having, it is worth fighting for. With Ideas. By having Choices. In pursuing Passions.

    Look around you. How many choices have you lost in the last six months? Six years? Since 9/11? How many more choices and freedoms will you lose in six more months? In six more years?

    Do you want your legacy to your children, and children’s children another Dark Age? A time where fear and superstition rule? Where few have choices and freedom an unknown commodity?

    Freedom is investing sweat equity in honor of something bigger than yourself. No guarantees. No right of entitlement. Just a whole lot of potential and possibility. Mr. Frog saw the light as he croaked his last, “Ain’t no free lunches–just deferred payments with interest!”

    In today’s disposable society we need to guard against freedom’s obsolescence. Each of us, individually and together, must stake our claim—regularly and moment-by-moment—with every decision we make.

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    Tammy Bleck - July 3, 2013 - 11:20 am

    I take my freedoms very seriously, but would like to think that I have an open mind for discussion. For example, I am a gun owner, and cherish that freedom. I believe in my heart that rapid fire weapons have no place in our homes. Thus is the rub with freedoms; knowing when to allow the common sense to over rule the written word. Americans have lost more liberties than they can count. One day, we may all wake up to find ourselves dictated to. I hope not. Freedom is never free. Fear is.

    Tana Bevan - July 4, 2013 - 9:19 am

    The climactic scene in the movie An American President has the president giving an impromptu/heartfelt speech to the press corps. The speech said, in part:

    You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating, at the top of his lungs, that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.

    You want to claim this land as the land of the free, then the symbol of your country can’t just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest.

    Show me that. Defend that. Celebrate that in your classrooms. Then you can stand up and sing about the land of the free.

    We have serious problems to solve, and we need serious [people] to solve them. And whatever your particular problem is, friend, I promise you [name of politician] is not the least bit interested in solving it. He [She] is interested in two things and two things only: Making you afraid of it and telling you who’s to blame for it. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how you win elections. [Quoted from script found online, not taken from movie directly.]

    Freedom actually is an active, viable, living being. And like all living beings, it needs to be nurtured, fed, and taken care of.

    Always good of you to stop by Tammy. Appreciate the comment.