Freedom Isn’t Free   Leave a comment

“Freedom isn’t free” is a phrase usually used in reference to the sacrifices of our soldiers throughout history. Not to take anything away from those who have served our country in the military, but I’d like to recognize other people without whose efforts and sacrifices we would not be a free state.

  • Civil rights activists today and throughout history. Freedom is embodied in the name. These are the people who have fought (peacefully and not-so-peacefully), and sometimes died or had their lives devastated, in the name of protecting human rights and the rights granted to us in our Bill of Rights. Most people focus on the civil rights movement in the middle of the last century, but the fight to retain our civil rights and make sure everyone is included continues to this day in many forms. When we stop fighting for our civil rights, we lose them; so let’s keep up the good work.
  • Conscientious representatives and regulators who have provided the framework for our governments (at all levels) to protect the citizenry and promote stability. I don’t know about you but anarchy doesn’t sound like true freedom to me. From the broad laws found in the Constitution and Bill of Rights down to local government noise ordinances and the like, these just laws and rules help us to live peacefully with stability that allows for personal and economic growth. The rule of law in our country is something that sets us apart from much of the world, and for me anyway is a source of great pride.
  • Voters and active citizens. The freedoms that we enjoy would not exist today if it weren’t for an active citizenry that takes responsibility. I could only wish Americans would be a little bit more active. In order to enjoy true freedom, there are small sacrifices that must be made by everyone. Those small sacrifices include voting, being educated about current affairs, writing/calling government representatives, following just laws, and generally looking out for one’s neighbor.

Remember that without each of us doing our part individually, the whole does not function.

“Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” –George Bernard Shaw

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Posted July 4, 2010 by mayakey in musings, quotes

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