Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Freedom and Responsibility

Freedom is a word we take for granted in the United States. So much so that we usually do not take time to understand the implications. Think about it. You hear the term “born free.” But nobody is born free. Freedom means no obligations and no desires. You are born wanting air to breathe, something to eat and a warm place to sleep, so you have needs and less than pure freedom immediately, at birth. I think Kris Kristofferson understood this when he wrote “freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose” in his song Me and Bobby McGee.
           
When we are old enough to start making decisions for ourselves as individuals, each person must decide how much freedom they are willing to sacrifice for what they want. If you want more marbles, you have to sacrifice the time to learn to play marbles better. If you marry, you choose to give up some freedom to share your life with another person. This implies a willingness not only to service your needs, but share in effort to meet the needs of another person. Do you suppose having children could cost you some freedom?
           
The Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution, talks about freedom. A major fear of the men who wrote the Constitution was fear of an oppressive government. Their intent was not only to not let the government endanger our freedom, but that the government would also protect us from other people who want to take away our freedoms.
           
Freedom comes at a high cost. We go to wars with other countries to help other people stay free. In America where we claim to be free, much of the population will not even vote. No wonder we have the government we have. Freedom will not last if citizens don’t take the responsibility to keep us free. Do your part. Speak your mind. If our systems has made you wealthy, you have a responsibility to offer a hand up to the people you left behind. As a citizen, we have a responsibility to help other achieve

My belief is that the only way to destroy the United States of America is from within, not by being attacked by other countries. Oppressive government regulations usurp our freedom. It keeps getting worse and worse. Because it happens slowly, the populace of the United States does not seem to notice. Wake up folks. Every law passed reduces your freedom

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