Thoughts on Freedom

This post is for the 77th anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day and the entrance of America into World War Two. To honor all those who bravely fought to retain our freedom from tyranny. 

  I love reading history and seeing how our freedoms have been preserved to make America one of the greatest nations on earth. One of my favorite things (aside from reading and talking) is to ask questions. Questions that cause contemplation, create curiosity, and fill one with longing for logicality.

  Perhaps my first question should be this: what is freedom? What is the definition of free? According to Webster’s Dictionary, the meaning of the adjective (descriptive word, i.e. describing America- the land of the free) free is ‘1. enjoying personal rights or liberty, as a person who is not in slavery’. So what is slavery? Webster’s (I have an affinity for Webster’s) says slave means, ‘a person entirely under the domination of some influence or person’. 

Whilst contemplating such facts I began thinking of the Bill of Rights, our guarantee to freedom in the U.S.A. What does the first amendment entail? Does it mean that if I don’t like what you say then you should apologize to me? Should I demand your job if you say that one of my arms is bigger than the other? If I’m offended by what you wear should I report you on facebook? If your grandma’s pie tastes just like my grandma’s pie should I sue for ‘cultural appropriation’? No! A thousand times no. The first amendment assures us Freedom of Speech (we can say what we want!), Freedom of the Press (they can say what they want), and the right to petition those things in the government that we don’t like. And the second amendment- the right to bear arms, the right to protect ones’ self and family. What is so bad about that?

 What other country on earth has those freedoms? Why is it that people are clamoring to come to the U.S. from other countries and not vice versa? Why do we even have those freedoms? Why did over 1,450,808 die to protect those freedoms? What was so important to them that they were willing to lay down their lives for our future? Could it be that they knew that America is the last truly free nation? The last beacon of hope? Did our soldiers die in vain? Will we continue to preserve America’s freedom? 

 To end this lengthy soliloquy of questions I will leave you with some quotes from one of my favorite presidents, Ronald Reagan.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

“If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

“Because you won’t get gun control by disarming law abiding citizens. There’s only one way to get real gun control: Disarm the thugs and the criminals, lock them up, and if you don’t actually throw away the key, at least lose it for a long time.”

“We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.”

“If more government is the answer, then it was a really stupid question.”

“Too often character assassination has replaced debate in principle here in Washington. Destroy someone’s reputation, and you don’t have to talk about what he stands for.”

“I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.”

“Either you will control your government, or government will control you.”

“Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid.”

That’s all for now. I should have had this up on the 7th but time got away from me. Thanks for reading!

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