"Some, I know, have questioned the global appeal of liberty - though this time in history, four decades defined by the swiftest advance of freedom ever seen, is an odd time for doubt. Americans, of all people, should never be surprised by the power of our ideals. Eventually, the call of freedom comes to every mind and every soul. We do not accept the existence of permanent tyranny because we do not accept the possibility of permanent slavery. Liberty will come to those who love it."--GWB

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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Freedomlovers doubt

Dearest freedomlovers,
Friday I read that freedomlovers all over America (well over half of them) have come to doubt the freedomloving capablities and devotion of our Great Freedomlover. Though he entreats us to steady our faith in freedom now, at the contemporary crossroads of a 40-year old campaign that had resulted in the "swiftest advance of freedom" ever known,there is reason to doubt his own love of liberty.

I was once a footsoldier in the Great Freedomlover's army to spread freedom and demolish tyranny the world o'er. But I have reason to doubt the leader's devotion to freedom. He cites the great inspiration to freedomlovers, yet it is unclear that he understands the inspiration. The suspicion comes from his use of lies to wage war in the name of freedom; his underlings' willingness to risk a nation's freedom and security by revealing the identity of an exponent of security, in order to silence the free expression of criticism and difference. The list of disappointing betrayals of freedom are many. Witness the confusion with the words of the original Great Emancipator, freedomlovers:

"The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty; but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different, but incompatible things, called by the same name, liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names— liberty and tyranny.
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep’s throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act, as the destroyer of liberty, especially as the sheep was a black one. Plainly, the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of the word liberty; and precisely the same difference prevails to-day among us human creatures, even in the North, and all professing to love liberty. Hence we behold the process by which thousands are daily passing from under the yoke of bondage hailed by some as the advance of liberty, and bewailed by others as the destruction of all liberty. Recently, as it seems, the people of Maryland have been doing something to define liberty, and thanks to them that, in what they have done, the wolf’s dictionary has been repudiated." --Abraham Lincoln, LECTURE ON LIBERTY ADDRESS AT SANITARY FAIR IN BALTIMORE, APRIL 18, 1864.

Beware of the wolf's definition of freedom, freedomlovers. Beware of freedom-loving wolves in sheep's clothing. Blessed are the freedomlovers.
Stay Free,


Blogger Feral Mom said...

Bless me, Captain Freedom. It has been 10 days since your last post. I am heartily sorry that you have not posted for so long. I hope you are staying free, including your porcine ballsack. I will keep saying Hail Marys until you post again.

Sincerely, Feral 'n' Free

2:57 PM  
Blogger Captain Freedom said...

Ah, feral 'n' free. How great thou art! Would that staying free were not a full-time job these days! It's like working the White Hen Pantry by yer lonesome! Not a worry, though, Feral'n'free. So long as there's a riot in the 'burbs of Frogville, my sacks swings freely.
The tree of liberty...Jefferson is so versatile.
Stay free, feral (like I need to tell ya).

4:28 PM  

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