Celebrating and Remembering Freedom Isn’t Free

This has been the month for celebrating and remembering freedom isn’t free. Previous posts included: “Are You Celebrating or Losing Your Liberty,” “Declarations of Truth, Honor, and Independence,” and “Underestimating the Value of Freedom.” So to bring my celebrating freedom series of posts to a close, I’ve created a short video. If you don’t have the time for the video, scroll down for the transcript (though you’ll miss out on cool images and great music).

Remember What Freedom Is

Freedom is nothing else but a chance to be better. ~ Albert Camus

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. ~ Nelson Mandela

Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche 

Freedom is not the right to live as we please, but the right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. ~ Peter Marshall

Who Deserves Freedom?

Freedom, in any case, is only possible by constantly struggling for it. ~ Albert Einstein

In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it. ~ William Faulkner

My liberty depends on you being free, too. ~ Barack Obama

It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. ~ Dick Cheney

If we don’t believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don’t believe in it at all. ~ Noam Chomsky

We Have A Responsibility

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. ~ Phil Plait

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom. ~ Bob Dylan

Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. ~ Martin Luther King Jr

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it. ~ Thomas Paine

Because if you don’t stand up for the stuff you don’t like, when they come for the stuff you do like, you’ve already lost. ~ Neil Gaiman

How Long Must We Defend Freedom

The war for freedom will never really be won because the price of freedom is constant vigilance over ourselves and over our Government. Eleanor Roosevelt

Freedom Has a Cost

image of widow kneeling at tombstone in Arlington National Cemetery-Celebrating and Remembering Freedom Isn't Free

The price of freedom may be high, but never so costly as the loss of freedom. ~ Ronald Reagan

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. ~ Thomas Jefferson

You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make a good use of it. John Adams

How have you made use of your freedom?

My wish for all of you readers is that you are celebrating and remembering freedom isn’t free. But most of all, that you stay knowledgable about what your freedoms are, you take your responsibilities seriously and protect not only your freedom but the freedom of your neighbor and fellow citizens who may not look or act like you. The cost of allowing their freedom to be curtailed is the eventual loss of your freedom.

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