On the price of
If you could quantify it, what is your freedom worth?
How much are you willing to pay to be able to speak
your mind on issues without fear
of retribution, fines or going to
What are you willing to give in
order to be able to congregate, demonstrate,
or have the right to fight
for what you believe in?
Can you put a price on the freedom
to worship your God or no
God, or even something as simple as being able to wear
apparel with a message on it that others might not agree
The United States was founded on the principles of
freedom from tyranny, religious persecution, and bullying.
Russia, run by a vicious dictator, has usurped the
rights of its people. China, ruled by a cunning tyrant,
spies on its 1.4 billion citizens and even profiles and
rates each one based on a government list of expected
behaviors. North Korea, controlled by a murderer, imprisons
and eliminates thousands of citizens every year.
America is different. We, the people, have the right to
vote for those who lead us. We have the right to think.
We have the right to act responsibly. We enjoy these
freedoms, and many more besides.
But freedom is not free. It was purchased with blood,
sweat, and tears. Many of our brothers and sisters
fought for, and died for our freedoms. We must remember
them and the ultimate sacrifice they made on our
So this 4th of July, as you enjoy a family gathering in
your back yard or head out to a celebration, remember
those who paid the price. Decency demands no less.