What Is Freedom?
The concept of freedom means different things to different people, depending on the level of freedom that you have in your life.
Most people, when they think of the definition of freedom, they think of Liberty, which includes freedom of speech. The definition of liberty is having the ability to act according to your own will, as long as it doesn't affect the ability of someone else to act according to their own will. Most rational people would agree that this is the way that a society should function.
The American founding fathers felt that this concept was of the utmost importance when they were deciding what the United States of America would be, and how it would function. So much so that they wrote this line into the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
The importance of this paragraph is the basis for our system of government. This is what sets the U.S. apart from all other countries in the world. If you understand what this means, you know that the U.S. Government is now trying to take control of many of the areas of our life, and taking away our liberty, and our freedom to make our own decisions. The Obama administration is not taking their powers from the consent of the governed, they are telling us that we are not smart enough to debate the issues of health care, global warming, etc. They are telling us that they know better than we do, what is best for us. They want to take away your freedom to do what you want.
Taking Away American Freedom
Forcing people to buy health insurance, and fining them if they don't. Forcing people to pay huge increases in costs for energy, to line the pockets of a few people in the name of saving the planet from something that many prominent scientists don't even think exist, or don't think that it has any effect on the temperature of the earth. Many think it would be beneficial if the earth was a few degrees warmer.
If they control the health care system, they will be able to control most of the aspects of our lives, they will be able to tell us if we can get treatment for an ailment, if we can smoke, if we can eat fast food, if we can drink alcohol, or if we can do anything else that they feel we shouldn't do. I'm not saying that these things are good, what I'm saying is, because these are legal products, that we can readily buy, we should be able to use them when we want, as long as using them doesn't affect the right of someone else in their rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The health care issue should be debated, we should fix the problems with the health care system, we should not start over from scratch. Most things about the health care system are fine, it's the health insurance system that needs to be fixed. That's for a different article.
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Our Freedom in America Affects the Rest of the World
The taking away of liberty from Americans, does not only affect Americans. Regardless of what many people think, much of the success of the rest of the world is tied to the success of America. America helped defeat the enemy in two world wars, and continue to help protect most of Europe to this day. We helped rebuild Europe and Asia after World War 2. We also give huge amounts of foreign aid to help countries that have corrupt governments that operate to keep their people oppressed, so they can't be the best that they can be.
The American people on their own give hundreds of millions of dollars in charity, outside of the government to help people anywhere it is needed, just because we can and want to. The buying power of the American people, because we are prosperous, greatly helps the rest of the world from our consumption. We buy enough products produced in other parts of the world that the loss of that buying power, would greatly affect the economy of all of those places.
Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged.
— Ronald Reagan
Why We Need Freedom
If they take away our opportunity to be successful and to have extra money to give to people who need help, that will have a huge effect on the needy people around the world. If you look at where government aid and charity donations come from, you will see that nothing comes from China, Russia, or any other communist governments, this is the result of government control. The wealth and prosperity that comes with the freedom to be the best we can be, and to be as wealthy as we can, by being able to succeed to our fullest potential, that is what makes it all work.
Freedom Gives You the Opportunity to Succeed
I'm not putting down any European forms of government. It does appear that several European governments are moving more to a capitalistic form of governing while we are trying to move away from it. America moving to a more socialist form of government will hurt the whole world economy, and will damage the system that has created the most prosperous and freest nation ever. That is not a good thing. It also will take away from the basic rights of all Americans, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
It will also make us less equal, if we don't all have the ability to be the best that we can be. Being equal means that we all have that opportunity to succeed, it doesn't mean that we all have the same things. Some people will work much harder to succeed, they should have more than people who don't want to work to succeed.
The Need to Preserve Freedom
This is not a rant, I am truly worried about our great country. I am proud to be an American, and happy that we can help the less fortunate throughout the world. It is something that Americans have always done, from the very beginning. The Mayflower compact was the first real government document of America. It was written by the people of the Mayflower. When the pilgrims came to America, they set up a system of government that was like a commune. Everyone got a piece of land. They would all farm their land, raise animals, make shoes, etc., and put their output into a communal store. Everyone would then split up what the community had evenly. They kept this system for only two years.
The problem they found was, if one family grew say 100 bushels of grain, and another grew 50, they would each get 75. There was no incentive to be better. After the two years, they changed and allowed people to grow what they could, and produce what they could, then trade for what they need. They produced much much more, because they could trade for extra things that they wanted by being better and growing more, or by producing more products that were worth trading for such as milk, meat, or shoes, or whatever. That was the start of capitalism. If someone was having a hard time, everyone would help them if they needed it. They did it because it worked. The incentive to be more successful and create something that people want and need, will make you a success and create wealth, this is the real American dream.
Our Freedom Can Be Easily Taken Away
Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation from extinction”. We are on the threshold of that being a reality If we don't stop the loss of liberty. The next generation will not have freedom in the way the founding fathers wanted us to have freedom. We must stop it and hold on to the beliefs of our founding fathers, to be able to do whatever we want as long as it doesn't hurt others trying to do the same thing. They really knew what they were talking about.
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Concerned... on December 13, 2019:
Although written a few years ago, this article is still "right on". There is a crisis in our world and most are totally unaware of the magnitude. We are in a cycle of great, great change on this planet....our solar system, the sun, our planet are undergoing changes that affect every single one of us, and whether we live or die. The scientists who are legitimate (not "bought and paid for", or scared for their life if they speak out) are trying to share this info but it is a "hard sell" because so much has been kept from us, and so many want to believe the "usual sell" we have gotten. But it is WRONG. All will be revealed, hopefully people will be able to respond thoughtfully, consciously and with compassion for all life before it is too late.
This is a great site, I pray that it continues to get increased exposure as we all wake up together.
Moll on September 06, 2019:
Obama succeeded in one thing: that is deludng any Americans he worked for them when in truth he was an establishment muppet as many before him. He tried to force health care down peoples' throats, he left Libya in a bloody ongoing mess, he doubles the National debt and so forth. A collectivist: all collectivist regimes end in tyranny.
Devon Jasper on August 30, 2018:
You guys chill!!!!!!!!!!!!!! we are in the usa we are all free!
James on June 17, 2018:
freedom is spelled MONEY you jerks
Nope on May 14, 2018:
I tend not to acknowledge an article that has so many spelling errors, but the ignorance is palpable and should be acknowledged. The reason that the Obama Administration did not look toward the majority of citizens on the issue of global warming is because you, for example, aren't knowledgeable enough to recognize that World War II is a proper now and as such "World" and "War" need to be capitalized, let alone are you prepared to solve the issue of climate change. That job goes to climate change experts. You also provide zero evidence for your claims, expecting the readers to simply "take your word for it" leading sensible readers to think that you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about, or that you are just misleading them. Provide evidence before you make your claims and people might actually listen to you.
BIGNIbba on January 30, 2018:
Trump is Gonna get us killed
puchkov on January 17, 2018:
freedom is a lie so are democracy
patrik on October 11, 2017:
Austin on May 04, 2017:
What does freedom of speech mean?
Melanie C Lopez born Feb Fourteenth from Whittier, CA on March 09, 2017:
I saw fake profiles like missing kids I saw mine and others I don't want any ones kids hurt I cover 1 miilion each and also...They took my kids illegally and I believe it was someone that was against me so I believe my children are in harms way and why.
Ike on October 19, 2016:
I've been doing some research and it appears freedom is diminishing, we're losing rights but is there a good reason why? I'm not really sure, some freedoms seem like they should be edited, but some don't...
Gary B on August 05, 2016:
Freedom. What does it mean? Does freedom mean you are safe and your needs are met? No, in fact, freedom is filled with unfairness, risk and rollercoasters.
For example, Which is freedom? providing restrooms for different genders and identifying genders? Or is it use any bathroom you wish? Freedom is a very simple process. However, it does not meet everyone's needs or sedate everyone's (differing) moral outrage. Freedom just sets the stage for the individual to have the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. Even if it offends another.
But you may say, that sounds a lot like Anarchy. And, you would be correct. Pure freedom without protection from others that would impede on your individual rights to be free is Anarchy. This is where a constitution, the laws pertaining to it, and consequences for one's action against another's rights comes into play.
So far, the above has not removed your freedom but cemented it and protected it. However, once laws are put into place to sedate one group's moral outrage (even the majority's), freedom is lost.
Once that path has been established, it is a slow and painful spiral into tyranny.
This is where we have landed. It continues with Hillary and Trump, promising one group power over another. One group's moral compass over another and I see everyone just eating it up. I even fell into it for a while. This breaks my heart. Hence why I am voting for Johnson. While not perfect, it is going in the right direction.
There is no utopia. If those on the right win, those on the left lose. Vice versa. Freedom is lost in any event. Let's all move back to everyone winning. Let's get back to being free and living our own lives instead of everyone else's.
You Have Been Chosen! on October 06, 2015:
What is your name? We would like to give you credit for our citation for our essay for "Patriots Pen" so please give me your first and last name as soon as possible!
spease (author) from Minneapolis Mn on October 08, 2014:
The foreign aid is not free, the money that Americans give to charities that want to help people is free. Unless the government of the countries it is being given too are stealing it all.
dani on October 07, 2014:
The u.s. does not give foreign aid for free, the countries that are given aid are indebted to the u.s. There is no such thing as free lunch. Even when developing countries gain money, they have to use that to pay of their debt.
Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on July 05, 2013:
This is very interesting. Freedom seems to be taken away. Slowly, but it does seem to be happening. Just slowly.
Michele Travis from U.S.A. Ohio on July 05, 2013:
This article is completely true, but so many people miss the point. Our freedoms are being taken away, bit by bit. The media reports what they have been told to report, and the people watching tv believe most of it.
Obama has done a lot, I don't know if we will ever recover.
someonewhoknows from south and west of canada,north of ohio on July 03, 2013:
We are increasingly free to choose from what we are told we have to choose from.Usually the choices we have are few because we allow others to do things for us instead of getting involved ourselves.Then, again how many of us really have that much free time on our hands.That's probably by design. Conspiracies may play a role despite what many of us think about that. We chose someone to represent we the people but do they represent us or are they selected by party leaders for the most part and then elected from among those selected by them.
Money and politics make strange bedfellows. Especially when the money comes from Corporations.
spease (author) from Minneapolis Mn on July 02, 2013:
You missed the whole point, it's not about health care at all, it's all about controlling the people completely. Watch what happens next year. There will be many more people suffering without medical care because of Obama care
gottgreen on July 02, 2013:
This article is biased and misleading. Do you really think that requiring health care is the end of America as we know it? Come on? Do you have to have a drivers license to drive a car? Duh? Are you required to purchase car insurance to drive it (at least in CA)...are you supposed to go to school to become educated? We live in a society that requires certain rules for us to live together in peace. If you can't agree with them or think they are too restrictive then go find a mountain in northern Alaska and just leave the rest of us alone... Compassionate and educated people do not sit by and watch children, the elderly and the poor suffer without medicine....
Lorenz Flament on April 02, 2013:
I'am european and i hope with all my hart that America will not become like europe,fith four it !!!
RoryColgan from Louisville, Kentucky on March 02, 2013:
Keep up the good work. Freedom is important, essential, and as for me, I emphaize the need to educate, to end fear, and similar things in my b logs.
Pat on November 29, 2012:
Settling for an oasis of freedom rather than focusing upon greatness as the journal of our lives - survival vs greatness?
Wrongway? on November 28, 2012:
The main problem is no one is learning from history. Both of our top political parties have forgotten what the united states is. Both parties make decisions based on what they think we need, not what we really need. They add small print to laws that should just be straight forward I.e. The patriot act and the health care reform act. The constitution was straight forward for a reason. People are right we elected our president using the democratic process. Americans nowadays in general are more likely to vote away our liberties to feel safer. It's sad. When I was a kid I couldn't wait to become an adult to make decisions for myself, nowadays it seems like the government has become my new parents. All because the majority of the population are to afraid to take responsibility to take care of themselves. I personally want to be free to succeed in life on my own and be free and happy. I don't need help making decision on what makes me happy.
abebe on October 18, 2012:
spease (author) from Minneapolis Mn on September 23, 2012:
I hope you're wrong Vernon. I hope we can still save America. It does appear that it's gone too far, but there is still always a chance when there are still a high number of people who want to save it.
vernon on September 22, 2012:
we are past the point of no return ,when kennedy was assasinated, that was the turning point he knew the gov had too mush power (FBI,CIA) there is no going back..I,m glade i,m old and have not to indure the futhure much longer.I weep for my children, to indure the present and what is to come.
camian on November 13, 2011:
Some people have sometimes some Messianic visions of how the world SHOULD be, and they diligently work them out in the fabric of sleeping societies that allow them to manifest and implement their paradisiacal paradigms of social justice, concord and happiness for the self-elected ones. That’s partly how Nazism and Communism were born and that’s how these new wave of totalitarian happiness will actually become more paradisiacal then both former Dis(orders) in one place.
These people actually lack any cultural, religious or civic identity, and they CLAME that they belong to an ethnical group when is fashionable; as if their ideas would be a common knowledge of the whole community they happen to belong to. They are the heroic figures, the martyrs the great ideologists the healers, the everything one can envision only in the most fantastic one-man show fiesta…and they can kill in the name of their ideas.
Pointing out the misconceptions in their “messianic” ideology becomes a crime of less majesty, or a sacrilege against a certain ethnical group and that NEEDS to be guillotined with all means of the social security and control installed by them ranging from exclusion, gross manipulation of personal information, isolation, defamation and even murder of those who don’t happily share this stuffed, confined ideological space with them.
I would bring here an example from WWII Romanian History, and I will mention here the heads full of madness that perpetrated the horrendous crimes under the Pitesti Experiment : Anna Pauker, Nicholski, Zeller. They had, like I said a vision of how the society should look like and they imposed it by the means of Bolshevik propaganda, institutionalized terror and manipulation of information, isolation, imprison and killing those who did not agree with it. Tens of thousands of Romanian people, intellectuals or people without too much school but with basic, peasant-like common sense, people whose main crime was the love for freedom, for their nation and for Christ were mutilated physically and psychologically or simply exterminated at the command of these “messianic “ figures.
People like them and those who serve them rewrote the history which is a crime perpetrated against a whole nation. They lied about the WWII affirming that in Romania there was a holocaust perpetrated by Romanian Authorities. They attributed the Holocaust that took place in Ardeal while Hungarian occupation to Romanians. The truth is totally different from their version. Actually Marshal Antonescu rendered passports in white to hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees from Ardeal to cross the borders and enter what was left from Romanian territories, where they were actually protected from Nazis. In Romania there was no Nazi law, while Romania had Romanian leaders there was a Romanian law. Romania fought under the WWII for her national territories and the Romanian authorities saved 300 000 -400 000 refugees from Holocaust.
In 1940, after Stalin in agreement with Hitler stole Romanian territories Basarabia and Bucovina many terrorist elements belonging to local Jewish communities attacked Romanian refugees and Romanian Army while they withdrew from these occupied territories to what was left of Romania of those times. In Basarabia and Bucovina they perpetrated savage acts against Romanian refugees, under the protection of Soviet Bolsheviks. These acts horrified the Romanian society of those times and fueled some revengeful acts that Marshal Antonescu contained and actually extinguished with a great national price. Many Romanian Nationalists who did not host any revengeful ideas or did not perpetuate any revengeful acts were imprisoned by Antonescu and they continued to execute many years of prison after the war, in horrendous conditions imposed by communists . Many Bolshevik terrorists coming from Jewish communities. -- not because they were Jews but because they were violent-- were deported to labor camps in Transnistria to protect the rest of peaceful Jewish population, and avoid the generalization of an ethnic conflict during those times of war. From those labor camps many of them were actually allowed to “escape” to USSR.
What amazes me is that this historical truth is obscured here in the US just like in Bolshevik societies. The Holocaust Museum in DC appears to ignore the history and attributes the crimes that were perpetrated by Horthy in Romanian region called Ardeal , transferred under Hungarian administration following the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact, to Romanian authorities.
We become more and more knowledgeable about the fact that people who perpetrated the most horrendous crimes during communism in Eastern European countries and Russia, the many ferocious Bolsheviks and criminals belonged to Jewish ethnical groups. They claimed their Jewish identify because it was fashionable during those times and because that gave them a martyr aura and rendered them entitled to the gruesome crimes they perpetrated against Romanians after WWII. Telling these truths becomes an impiety against the whole Jewish community, just as if all Jews are criminals, or liars, or opportunists. Some of their political leaders that acted in their name were so, and their murders bring a shadow over the whole community. Romanians are forgiving but they don’t usually forget history, because they made their history in those lands, defending their country from foreign invasions and foreign ideologies of totalitarian happiness. Romanians are Orthodox Christians and Christians are free people and respect other people right to self-determination. In true Christianity nobody imposes their own vision on others. That’s why Romanians along their millenary history did not invade other countries.
The propensity to hide horrendous crimes perpetrated by some of the leaders of a community under ethnic umbrella brings a great injury to the whole community. Re-writing history with fist in the mouth does not serve the truth, and the truth always surfaces like oil in the water. Rewriting history by disregarding the role that some very important Bolshevik leaders belonged to Jewish communities while accusing national martyrs and heroes like Antonescu or Legionaries of anti-Semitism does not serve anybody. Victims of totalitarian visions were both Romanians under the Communist years and the Jews under Nazis. There is no monopoly over martyrdom or heroism. It would be nice if the history is written from the peaceful stance where Romanians helped Jews and vice-versa and not from a protochronist perspective, denying historic realities and thinking in large blocks and clichés. Peaceful Jewish communities everywhere become even more targets of hatred because of the great injustice perpetrated but some of their leaders or “great thinkers” during Communist times and in “Post-Communist” era as well. People love and respect their martyrs and heroes, and their national values and there is no double standard for appreciation of what is valuable in a society or the other. “You need to respect my heroes and martyrs, especially when they helped you, and I will respect yours.” That will be a more fair standard for social concord rather than the gross manipulation of truth and history by some of the political leaders. They care more about their political influence, and their chair underneath their “royal” butt rather than the communities, let alone nations they need to actually serve. When the society subscribes to their political vision that serves only the interests of few lobbies than that society serves the political power and not vice-versa, as the Constitution statutes.
The truth that a community who was victimized had its own criminals that victimized a significant number of people does not make that truth anti-ethnic. It is an historic, documented fact, and not an impiety at the whole community to acknowledge this fact. I actually believe that criminals and those who serve criminal totalitarian ideologies don’t have anything in common with any ethnic group they are actually ignorant of the values of the community they com
Alex J. Reissig from New Richmond, Ohio on August 09, 2011:
Great hub! Keep up the great work!
Il_Padrino on March 08, 2011:
Good job.Very interesting. For sure I will come back here, because for the first I don't remember everything.
Good luck! Thank You!
American_Choices from USA on December 17, 2010:
Important video. Very well done.
Government must be run by the people - it must always be protected - both by the solders in the field and writers such as you.
Excellent information. Thank you!
spease (author) from Minneapolis Mn on December 02, 2010:
The recent election proves that the current administration was not governing the way the people want them to govern. That is why we have elections. As for polls, they can be made to show whatever the polling group wants them to show, that has nothing to do with the will of the people.
Larry Allen Brown from Brattleboro Vermont on December 01, 2010:
You point to the Declaration of Independence, and say this: "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed" Then you go on to say this>"The current administration is not taking their powers from the consent of the governed, they are telling us that we are not smart enough to debate the issues of health care, global warming, etc. They are telling us that they know better than we do, what is best for us. They want to take away your freedom to do what what you want."
My question to you is did we not have an election in which the consent of the governed was expressed in a democratic process? What am I missing here? The current administration is in fact taking their powers to govern from the very people that elected them to do just that. You say this: "They want to take away your freedom to do what what you want." Can you demonstrate the truth of that claim? You seem to know what their motivations are, and I think that questioning the motives of somebody is tantamount to mind reading. Apparently you seem to think that they have meetings in the Oval Office on a daily basis and think up ways to take away our freedom and put us all into re-education camps. Is that a conservative trait that is part of the DNA in those that seem to think that their view IS the only view that represents this country?
Dick Cheney was asked during the Bush second term how he would respond to the poll numbers that showed that 80% of the country felt that we were moving in the wrong direction. His response was, "So? We don't govern according to polls. We were elected to do what we think is right". Was that an example of governing according to the will of the governed? If so..how?
JinnyMarte on October 11, 2010:
Hahaha I hear you on that one and I also found your hub brave and amazingly refreshing. It is good to have people who are willing to open their minds and realize a change needs to happen in this country and the whole rest of the world. And like Jeffrey Neal just said we need to find that way before it is too late. Thank you for an amazing hub Spease. You ave a new follower.
spease (author) from Minneapolis Mn on November 01, 2009:
I don't think the American people will let it happen. There is a bubble around Washington that seems to keep common sense out.
Jeffrey Neal from Tennessee on October 31, 2009:
This is a good hub! Someone once said, "an anarchist is someone who believes in more freedom than you do." Count me in that group when compared to a large number of our politicians in Washington. We the people will be the change we seek. I hope it happens before we've moved too far away from it.
jiberish from florida on October 19, 2009:
this administration is wipping their behinds with the Constitution, they have no regard for anything that does not mesh with their agenda. Keep Hubbing!
spease (author) from Minneapolis Mn on October 19, 2009:
Very true, judicial interpretation is the cause of many of our problems. That is also the we know what's best for you mentality.
ralwus on October 19, 2009:
Well the problem with our constitution is the preamble part. The law don't hold onto it, they go by the meat of it all in the amendments and articles. Actually the problem is not the preamble, but the Constitutional Lawyers and the Judges who interpret it in their won demented way. Thanks for a good hub. I too worry about this mess.