Tuesday January 29, 2013, 4:11 am
Interesting but perhaps a bit extremist. There has always been poverty in the USA, and under various eras the right to worship and freedom of speech has also been curtailed. Think of the McCarthy era and of WWII when those of Japanese descent were imprisoned (note: German Americans weren't taken into custody because they were of a similar faith to the accepted in the USA and because they were racially 'acceptable'). All these freedoms are ideals and have yet to be totally realized.
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:08 am
Freedom is a right to act, not to choose. Freedom is a right to engage in actions that are good and valuable. It exist prior to the good. Thus friendship is a good thing; and one reason the Constitution protects freedom of association is that it gives us the space to form friendships. I have a hard time passing freedom of speech, association, assembly, religion, and movement as freedoms that matter.
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 5:25 am
Thanks cal for the link to the excellent article by Paul Bucheit. President Franklin Roosevelt was a visionary when he said, "True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security." Read and noted.
Freedom means allowing individuals to be who they are, the freedom to think and act as they want, so as it is mutually recognized that freedom for each individual ends where another's begins. You have a right to gather as one voice to the government, you have the right to privacy, you have the right to decide what is the best course for your life. Freedom of religion means that there is no state religion and each person has the right to be religious or not religious, and private and individual choice, it harms none, forces none to be a part of one religion or philosophy.
Freedom can only exist when people are respectful and accepting of differing ideas, philosophy and accepting of all to have basic human rights.
It seems that as our freedoms are rapidly disappearing in a fog of government decisions. The only right many are willing to care for are those within the second amendment, when in fact the freedom for public safety is critical to all the freedoms we brag about.
Tuesday January 29, 2013, 11:09 am
Welcome to the Police States of America, have your papers ready for inspection. All forms of communication will be under surveillance. Your whereabouts will be monitored. The gestapo even know what kind of cereal you eat in the morning. Now, who wants to wave a flag and declare us the greatest nation that ever...bla, bla, bla.
Meanwhile, an apathetic public washes down another collective ambien with bottled water as the government and corporate media shove even more disinformation down all of our throats.
Saturday February 2, 2013, 11:29 am
Noted. And, yet we'd know nothing of these freedoms without education. The massive de-funding of public education is not portraying a bright future for our students. When more money is spent funding sports than math and science, we're in serious trouble.