Everyone has a skewed view of what freedom means. We argue incessantly to take away freedoms from others while citing freedom as our cause. This makes me think we need to review what freedom actually is. The three definitions of freedom are:
- the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint
- absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government
- the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved
We fail frequently at 1 (just watch the left and right fighting nightly on the news) and 3 (US has second highest incarceration rate in the world) and have been slowly sinking into number 2 (pun intended).
I am not LGBTQ. I have never been in a partnership where abortion was considered. I believe in upholding the Second Amendment. I am not a religious person. Yet I fight for all of these ideas that seem to be on opposite sides of the spectrum. ‘You need to make a stand! Which side are you on?’
I am on a side. I am on the side of freedom, whether you like it or not. Refusing to fight for someone else’s freedom invites the tightening grip of oppression to come after what matters to you. This is evident by the wild shifts in our political pendulum from far left to far right ideologies over the last several elections. Now everyone on the left is running scared and everyone on the right is cheering and laughing at their discomfort. Don’t get so smug lefties, you did the same when Obama won. If freedom is truly the goal of this nation then we’d better be willing to fight for the freedom of others – especially those that hold views with which we might not agree.
My article from a few days ago was about us slowly giving our freedoms to the government. The government running our lives is not freedom. We sing songs about freedom. The word freedom in our national anthem is frequently punctuated by fireworks at sporting events. But it’s a hollow word when not backed by action.
If we want freedom we’d better be willing to fight for the freedom of others whose views that are not necessarily our own, not because we agree with their religion, sexual partner, or political views, but because we want them to fight for us when the winds change. America’s demographics are changing, only then will most Americans understand the difference the support of others will make in their fight for freedom and against oppression.
‘I own guns, I’ll protect myself when they come for my freedom.’ Keep your guns just in case, but where freedom is respected and afforded to all equally, that day should never come.
Stay tuned and stay involved.