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angela
posted on October 21st 2007 at 5:11PM CDT

many lives have been sacrificed to maintain our country’s way of life. i wouldn’t say our freedom because we are not free in this country.

Alicia
posted on October 21st 2007 at 5:20PM CDT

Whenever I see the phrase “Freedom isn’t Free” it immediately makes me think of the men and women in the Armed Forces who have given their lives so that I can ride my bike in the park on a Sunday afternoon.

I think of Freedom as a living being… something that needs to be nurtured and cared for. We have to be vigilant in keeping it alive and well, because it doesn’t just survive on its own. Unfortunately, there are always going to be forces in this world who want to take away Freedom from those who have it, who deny it to those they can over power, and who would destroy it in order to control as many people as possible.

It means to me that there we are always going to need people strong enough to stand up and say, “No, this isn’t right. No, you can’t take that from us. Yes, I will die to make sure my neighbor can live.”  Whether that person is in a uniform, or a protester who won’t allow Big Companies to trod on the Little Guy, they’re all Freedom Fighters in my book.

“Freedom isn’t Free” means that we all have to fight for it. We all have to protect it. We all have to stand up and be watchful.  It means to me that I need to write that letter, I need to speak out against violence and injustice, I can’t wait for everyone else to do it for me.

It means to me that Freedom isn’t a given, it’s something that has to be fought for, and held on to no matter what.

posted on October 25th 2007 at 8:59PM CDT

I could really go on forever here. When I see those three, little words, anger just erupts inside of me. I literally go from peaceful, calm, and relaxed to seething with anger. Call me a hippie, call me unpatriotic, call me whatever you want, but I have never seen freedom in this country. I have seen war. I have seen too many young people losing their lives and dying in vain. I have seen dreams crushed. I have seen a man go after another man because said man tried to “kill [that man’s] daddy.” I have seen people who are supposed to love each other, respect each other, and unite with each other go at each other’s throats in the name of politics and I have seen wars happen in the name of religion. I think it’s disgusting. I think war is disgusting, I think that most of what is happening in this country is overall is barbaric and unnecessary. I have seen people’s rights be taken away from them because sadly, there is no freedom of speech in this country. This country is not free. The people who live in this country are not free. There is no cost for freedom, just people setting their morals and their heads straight, and for that to occur, our entire established “democracy” needs to be reworked. But really, is there any freedom at all on Earth? This country is not deserving of mine, or of any other person’s life by a long shot. In the past 200 years, the people who have died in war and have died “for our freedom” have died in vain because nothing has changed.

Sarah
posted on October 26th 2007 at 3:24PM CDT

Whenever I hear this term i start humming the Team America “Freedom isn’t free” song. :p

What would you do
If you were asked to give up your dreams for freedom
What would you do
If asked to make the ultimate sacrifice

Would you think about all them people
Who gave up everything they had.
Would you think about all them War Vets
And would you start to feel bad

Freedom isn’t free
It costs folks like you and me
And if we don’t all chip in
We’ll never pay that bill
Freedom isn’t free
No, there’s a hefty fuckin’ fee.
And if you don’t throw in your buck ‘o five
Who will?

What would you do
If someone told you to fight for freedom.
Would you answer the call
Or run away like a little pussy
‘Cause the only reason that you’re here.
Is ‘cause folks died for you in the past
So maybe now it’s your turn
To die kicking some ass

Freedom isn’t free
It costs folks like you and me
And if we don’t all chip in
We’ll never pay that bill
Freedom isn’t free
Now there’s a have to hook’in fee
And if you don’t throw in your buck ‘o five
Who will?

You don’t throw in your buck ‘o five. Who will?
Oooh buck ‘o five
Freedom costs a buck ‘o five

haha, amusing.

Seriously though, when I hear that term, I just think about all the people who have sacrificed their lives so the world can continue as it has been.

Its kind of painful that some people just think of their country’s troops: What about the ANZACS, the British troops? They’ve helped more than you can imagine with George Bush’s stupidity. In fact, the ANZACS did more than their fair share in WW1 and WW2… One example would be Galipoli in WW1. A heap of ANZACs settled on a shore (Gallipoli) with a massive cliff face, hoping to surprise-attack the turkish… Unfortunately, they had misinterpreted the instructions, and had landed at a bay completely different to where they were supposed to be.

The worst part? The Turks were already stationed all the way up the cliff. It was pretty much a kamakazi run for the ANZACs :(
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Gallipoli)

Sarah
posted on October 26th 2007 at 3:26PM CDT

Oh, also – A lot of people think of /their/ troups when they see phrases like this…

What about the other side? When we have memorial days, the innocent that lost their lives from the “other” side of the battle are barely remembered.

Freedom /isn’t/ free when there’s a war involved. Someone will get screwed over either way :(

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