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Freedom! Why American's Love It!
On a public question website, the question was recently asked, “Why do Americans love freedom?”
Charles Kingsley said, “There are two freedoms-the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.”
Robert Frost said it like this, “You have freedom when you are easy in your harness.”
Freedom in the broadest of scopes implies the absence of hindrance, restraints, confinement, repression etc.… according to the New World Dictionary.
Oxford dictionary defines freedom as the power to act, speak or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
The words liberty and freedom are often interchanged. Liberty is defined, in a general term as to set loose from any sort of restraint, entanglement or burden.
The pilgrims came to American in 1620 seeking “religious” freedom from the English Church. What did they give up to have “religious” freedom? They left their homes, lands, property, their homelands, friends and, some even, their families.
Patrick Henry in his speech of 1765, against the rule of England, said; “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me Liberty or give me death!” Patrick Henry knew he was giving up his peace and perhaps his life. This was the beginning of the Civil War (1861 to 1865) in which it cost 618,000 lives, time, money, energy and the destruction of much property to gain our freedom from England.
The Bill of Rights
Mr. Henry was against the Constitution of the United States, which went into force in 1789. He was instrumental in getting The Bill of Rights into force to insure these freedoms;
Freedom of Speech, Press, Religion and Petition
Right to bear arms
No seizure of property by soldiers during peace times
Right against unreasonable search and seizure
Not to be tried twice for the same crime
Right to a fair and speedy trial with witnesses
The right to a jury and a trial
That there will be not excessive bail, fines or cruel punishment
People have additional rights
The State has rights
Thousands of cases have been brought to court which have involved each of these amendments. Each of these cases has cost; time, money and energy insuring we have these freedoms.
Right to Vote
November 2016 is an election year for the United States of America. Often, people say to me “Why do you vote? Your vote does not count.” I realize that the electoral college is in charge of our votes. Congress sets the time and date of their votes. It seems that we have their vote before the popular vote is even in from the states. I vote because I do not want to lose the right to vote. I hope that we will either remove the Twelfth Amendment or change the way our state elects our electoral voters. In Maine and Nebraska, the voters vote for their electoral voters. In all the other states the electoral voters are appointed by the State legislators. What does it cost me to keep this freedom? It costs me time, energy, gas, and time off work which equates to money.
African Americans got the right to vote in 1869, women the right to vote in 1919 and Native Americans in 1965. Each of these minorities have been in many law suits, their time, energy and money were used to gain their rights. Just think of all the people that were involved in insuring these rights and gave of themselves.
Lives for Freedom
There are over two million active military personnel in the United State military stationed in over one hundred and fifty countries. On the average 1,000 military personnel die yearly for freedom. Those military personnel are our parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and neighbors.
Right of Choice
Then there is the great freedom of all. The freedom of choice given to us by a loving God who wanted us to choose Him. What did it cost Him? He gave his only begotten Son Jesus Christ. Holy Bible – John 3:16.
Why do Americans Love Freedom?
Why do Americans love freedom? It has been paid for dearly, therefore WE LOVE IT (FREEDOM)!