Four freedoms:
             The first is freedom of speech and expression - everywhere in the world.
             The second is freedom of everyone to worship God in his own way,
              everywhere in the world. 
             The third is freedom from want . . . everywhere in the world.
             The fourth is freedom from fear . . . anywhere in the world.

                 -- Franklin D. Roosevelt U.S. President

Here's to Freedom . . . everywhere in the world!


The Opus of Freedom

“Freedom” is not an American invention.  Peasants and nobles were fighting oppression long before the Americas were discovered.  Yet somehow America and freedom have become intertwined and packaged together, so that when one is rejected, so often is the other.

“Freedom” should be the watch cry of all mankind.  It should cause a lump in the throat, burning to the bosom, pause to the heart, and passion to the soul.  It should never be considered as belonging to any individual or group, as it belongs to the lowliest and grandiose of humanity.  

“Freedom” should be waged, protected, and embraced by all.  It should be so desperately yearned for that tyrants think twice before enacting laws or starting wars to remove even one person’s freedom, for fear of freedom’s tightening justice around their selfish throats.

“Freedom” should be a daily succulent pulp that revives the parched repressed souls of men.  It is sobering to think that the majority of mankind born on this earth have lived without freedom, or even a hope of obtaining it.

Whether America is loved or hated, whether those reasons are valid or contrived, America’s love of freedom should be a global aspiration, uniting those who see freedom as a birthright to all.

America is not a utopia.  She sometimes acts like a spoiled toddler, while other times, like a meddlesome old aunt.  But it is astounding that all the good America has, she is willing to share, wanting others to partake of the goodness that has blossomed in her backyard . . .

. . . and it all started with the seeds of freedom.

Hate America if you must, but don’t hate her for wanting everyone to be free.
© 2005 Little Lee’s Hope 'n More

Long may she wave!

What Are the Qualities of Freedom?

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.
--John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address Washington, D.C. January 20, 1961 

This war will not be over by the next commercial break.
--US spokesperson talking to reporters during the Gulf War 

Every area of trouble gives out a ray of hope; and the one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.
--John F. Kennedy 

If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
--Thomas Paine (1737-1809) 

I believe in the sun even though it is slow in rising. I believe in you without realizing. I believe in rain though there are no clouds in the sky. I believe in truth even though people lie. I believe in peace though sometimes I am violent. I believe in God even though he is silent.
-- Unknown 

You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man's freedom. You can only be free if I am free.
-- Clarence Darrow

The only way to make sure people you agree with can speak is to support the rights of people you don't agree with.
-- Eleanor Holmes Norton

Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand; it never has and it never will.
-- Frederick Douglass

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings.
-- Hodding Carter

If a nation values anything more than freedom, it will lose its freedom; and the irony of it is that if it is comfort or money that it values more, it will
lose that too.
-- Somersett Maugh

So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men.
-- Voltaire

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

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid, one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
-- Douglas MacArthur

Those who are used to a cage will weep for a cage.
--Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Our God and soldiers we alike adore ev'n at the brink of danger, not before.  After deliverance, both alike requited, our God's forgotten, and our soldiers slighted.
-- Francis Quarless, English poet 1592-1644

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature, and has no chance of being free unless made or kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
--John Stuart Mill 

Thank you to all our soldiers and their families!

May We Never Forget

It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier who salutes the flag, who serves beneath the flag, and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protester to burn the flag.
-- By Charles M. Province 


I am a small and precious child, my dad's been sent to fight.
The only place I'll see his face, is in my dreams at night.
He will be gone too many days for my young mind to keep track.
I may be sad, but I am proud.
My daddy's got your back.

I am a caring mother. My son has gone to war.
My mind is filled with worries that I have never known before.
Everyday I try to keep my thoughts from turning black.
I may be scared, but I am proud.
My son has got your back.

I am a strong and loving wife, with a husband soon to go.
There are times I'm terrified in a way most will never know.
I bite my lip, and force a smile as I watch my husband pack.
My heart may break, but I am proud.
My husband's got your back.

I am a soldier. Serving proudly, standing tall.
I fight for freedom, yours and mine by answering this call.
I do my job while knowing, the thanks it sometimes lacks.
Say a prayer that I'll come home.
It's me who's got your back..

- By Autumn Parker, wife of a Green Beret

I was going to include links that offer help and support for our soldiers, but happily, there are a lot more out there than I thought!  If you are interested in finding these sites, go to any search engine, put in the words "support troops," "support soldiers," or "compassion soldiers" and a lot will come up for you to browse through.  Good luck!

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