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Politics free what freedom means to me thread

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by novelist_wannabe, Jul 4, 2006.

  1. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    I'm a little surprised that Independence Day is now 10 hours old and no one has started a thread on what they value about freedom, in large part because I know what kind of hours some of you keep. At any rate, at the risk of being cloying and cheesy, what does freedom mean to you? (And please, leave the political pissing match somewhere else, OK?)

    For me, independence means (and these are in no particular order):

    -- Earning a living in the matter I see fit. Might not be the best way, but the choices I've made are my choices.

    -- Eating all the food I want. Not eating what I don't want.

    -- Buying my son a fishing rod because he asks for it and because I can.

    -- Buying my daughter voice lessons because she asks for it and because I can.

    -- Buying my wife a new house because she asks for it and because I can.

    -- Choosing to help someone when I see a need.

    -- Reading what I want to read. Writing what I want to write.

    -- Flying a flag on the front of my house because I can.

    -- Naming my son Kevin if I damn well want to (I didn't, but still)

    -- The responsiblity to pay attention and defend the initiatives I feel are worthwhile, and in the manner I feel is appropriate.
  2. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    To me, freedom means being able to discuss politics on Internet threads.
  3. CentralIllinoisan

    CentralIllinoisan Active Member

    Independence means my right to not practice a religion ... and my sister's right to be a practicing Apostolic Christian ...

    ... all in the same country, under the same laws and without government interference.
  4. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Yes, you're free to do so, smartass. I just didn't want this particular one to devolve into the vitriol-laden toilet film that politics threads inevitably turn into. So I asked -- and quite nicely, I might add -- that it be done somewhere else. There are plenty of other threads available, or you can start your own. But that's not the purpose of this one.
  5. TigerVols

    TigerVols Well-Known Member

    I was kidding. Forgot the sarcasm font.

  6. DyePack

    DyePack New Member

    Freedom to express ideas.*

    * As long as 98 percent of the people agree with those ideas.
  7. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    Freedom means being able to cover a silly little 5K race at the city park, come home and right it, then pack the monkey's up into the minivan and return to the park where my little suburb is putting on a party complete with lots of those jumbo-sized inflatable bouncy jumpy things.

  8. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Independence means you're free to throw in that possessive apostrophe here, but not (hopefully) in the newspaper.
  9. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    You also are free to misspell uNNeeded

    Freedom also means going for a free ride on the Staten Island Ferry yesterday, seeing heavily armed NYPD Canine corps cops on patrol at the South Ferry Terminal, and instead of being intimidated, having my girl friend mosey over and ask if it's OK to pet the dogs.
    The cop laughed and suggested that might not be a good idea.
  10. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    Fixed. Thanks.
  11. JME

    JME Member

  12. audreyld

    audreyld Guest

    Good thread, N-dub.

    To me, freedom means having a voice. It means casting a ballot because I have the ability to choose how I'll be governed. It means a certain measure of responsibility, like not voting for the guy who has the best tie.

    It also means that if I want to, I can go ahead and do just that-- vote based on accessories.

    It means I'm not barred from higher education because I'm a woman.

    It means you can't stop me from thinking. It doesn't matter if those thoughts are kind or hateful, beautiful or ugly. They're mine, and you can't take them away.

    Sometimes it means things aren't perfect. Mostly, though, it means I'm terribly, terribly grateful for what I have.
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