What is it to be Free?
To be free is to be responsible
To be free is to be powerful
With great power comes great responsibility!!
In the United States we are free to be intolerant
Our responsibility is to be humane
In the United States we are free to pursue happiness
Our responsibility is to be ethical
In the United States we are free to elect our politicians from the local to the national level.
Our responsibility is to participate actively.
In the United States we are free to have our own opinion
Our responsibility is to listen to others.
To be free is not to be made to feel guilty by the food police
To be free is not to be vilified by the thought police
To be free is not to be told what to think and who to tolerate.
To be free is not to be made to support the lifestyles and laziness of others.
Freedom is choice
Responsibility is the acceptance of the consequence of choice.
Poverty is a choice
Powerlessness is a choice
To be a victim is a choice.
Freedom takes hard work, long hours, boot-strapping, concerted effort, and participation.
Fortunately, in the United States the majority of the population is still responsible enough to understand freedom.
I don’t want to live in a country that pays for everything; that doesn’t require me to sweat and worry; that asks me to subsidize the behavior and lifestyle of others; and doesn’t allow me a voice if my voice isn’t popular.
Darrin F. Coe, MA
Author and weblogger