Skip to comments.How Free Are You?
Posted on 08/15/2013 8:40:17 AM PDT by MosesKnows
I have always enjoyed the many quotes Peter McWilliams included in Aint Nobodys Business if You Do The book examines the folly of consensual crimes.
I was researching a particular quote regarding freedom the other day when I heard of the NAACP insistence that the Federal government penalize the state of Missouri because of the actions of a rodeo clown.
The quote I researched was :
The real freedom of any individual can always be measured by the amount of responsibility which he must assume for his own welfare and security. ROBERT WELCH
However, in the course of this research I discovered another quote prompted by the NAACP actions.
It was not only forbidden to criticize Obama, it was perhaps even more forbidden to announce this very prohibition
I modified the quote a wee bit but I included the quote correctly at the end of this post.
Restriction of free thought and free speech is the most dangerous of all subversions. It is the one un-American act that could most easily defeat us. JUSTICE WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS
The right to be let alone is indeed the beginning of all freedom. JUSTICE WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS
If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will lose that too. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
If we do not believe in freedom of speech for those we despise we do not believe in it at all. NOAM CHOMSKY
If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no other. CARL SCHURZ
It is possible to read the history of this country as one long struggle to extend the liberties established in our Constitution to everyone in America. MOLLY IVINS
Liberty without learning is always in peril and learning without liberty is always in vain. JOHN F. KENNEDY
None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free. PEARL S. BUCK
So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men. VOLTAIRE
The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with. ELEANOR HOLMES NORTON
Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will. FREDERICK DOUGLASS
Perhaps the wisest observation regarding freedom is from Ronald Reagan.
Those who have known freedom and then lost it have never known it again.
The quote I altered is correctly expressed as :
It was not only forbidden to criticize Stalin, it was perhaps even more forbidden to announce this very prohibition Slavoj Zisek
Those who are children today will never have tasted freedom.
Certainly not in its purer more nutritious form remembered by the those of us who are looking at the imminent arrival of old age.
They will be unable to miss that which they have never known.
I’m thinking the Red Dawn remake might have been better if it had used middle aged and elderly actors who might have actually had an understanding and desire for freedom.
They could have called it Silver Dawn
And instead of fighting some BS nemesis in NK have them fight the oppressive US government and illegal invaders from the south.
I have long thought that much of the next War of Independence may be fought by elderly empty-nesters who may lack the fitness of soldiers but who have the will to fight and who are not afraid about the consequences. In a war of resistance, these things can go along ways.
The middleagers and up would most certainly be leaders from front to back.
I’m half crippled myself so I cant run through the woods but I can walk and I know my way around much of the county and I’m observant.
And in the remake it would be gay storm troopers sent from DC airdropping into our towns and cities to corral us into the camps.
Paula Deen and the Rodeo Clown made the same mistake, but in different ways.
After Paula Deen had Moochelle on her program, she casually remarked that the “First lady ate everything in sight”. This, of course, is in direct opposition to Moochelle’s stance on nutrition, and made her look like a hypocrite (which she is!).Paula Deen, because of her high profile and fame, had committed the unpardonable sin, which was making Moochelle look foolish.
Mr. Rodeo Clown donned an Obama Mask in a very public venue, so he made Obozo look foolish in front of a lot of people. Again, the Unpardonable Sin.
I respectively disagree. Men who had never seen freedom sought it at great cost. Perhaps I confuse someone missing freedom with someone yearning for freedom but free is mans nature.
Good point. And one which gives some cause to have hope for the future.
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