reply to post by arpgme
What is TRUE freedom?
That's a good question and one with a million answers.
In my personal opinion, freedom is... first and foremost, to be allowed to live your life as you choose. Of course, this also comes with taking
personal responsibility for your actions so that others will not feel endowed with any right to interfere in the same. In short, I live my life and so
long as that doesn't cross over and create a burden on anyone else, then there is no reason for anyone to try and tell me that I have to live by
someone else's standards.
Freedom is also being able to function outside, in public, without interference. For instance, I am driving to the grocery store and the state has set
up a traffic stop. I produce my driving permit, papers on the vehicle and the pointless proof of insurance. I should be able to go on my way
unhindered. If the force operating the checkpoint wants to search my vehicle without explanation or due cause, then that is an intrusion on my
liberty. The old - 'If you have nothing to hide, then you shouldn't mind allowing the search'
- is really no different than another excuse
used over 200 years ago; - 'If you are a loyal subject of the King, you shouldn't mind quartering his troops in your home'.
Freedom is being able to live without fear of the state or of the corporate. While we often talk about Big Brother government, we neglect Big Brother
business. As it stands right now, special interest buy laws as they wish and the result is that employers, insurance and government have more access
to your information than you yourself do. This is not freedom. This is a form of theft.
Freedom is a two-way street when it comes to faith.
Freedom is being able to worship as one chooses... or not at all, if one so chooses.
Freedom is being able to celebrate a holiday like Christmas without having a manger scene on your own property vandalized by thugs who hate religion.
Freedom is being able to go to work on Christmas, if possible, without someone harassing you for NOT observing this holiday.
Freedom is being able to buy a 24oz soda pop on ice.
Freedom is being able to avoid breathing the tobacco smoke of others when in a public place.
Freedom is the right to smoke in one's own home or automobile.
Freedom is owning a firearm and using it for any purpose that cause no harm to your fellow, law abiding citizens.
Freedom is a hickory fire with ribs cooking slowly.
Freedom is a cold beer on a hot day while looking after those ribs.
Freedom is a lot of things... all of them worth defending.