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Am I Freedoming Correctly?

Updated: May 23

If you don't want to read this whole thing, I'll skip to the good part; Republicans and Moms For Liberty are not freedoming correctly.


When we look at the topic of freedom, there are many angles to examine. Absolute freedom doesn't exist in a civilized society. We are responsible to each other. The saying "your freedom ends at the tip of my nose" comes to mind. You can't murder, rape, or steal without having your freedom taken away from you...unless you're a Republican Congressperson...heyo!!! John Locke, one of the earliest influences on our founding fathers and their ideas about a government controlled by the people, had this to say; “New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not common.” I think about this phrase often as it tends to repeatedly come up in Union County politics.


A key element that folks who study our government, our Constitution, and our history will repeat is that protecting freedoms that you don't agree with is more important than protecting those that you agree with. Only then can you fully grasp the idea of what freedom is. Now, of course I can expound on the paradox of intolerance wherein allowing oppressive speech to spread will eventually eliminate the freedom of speech, but we'll save that for another day. Today, I'd like to focus on oppression and tyranny disguised as freedom.

A few years ago, I went to a Panthers/Giants game in Charlotte. I won't go into detail on how it ended, but as we were finding our seats, we found ourselves sitting next to a mother daughter duo. While we exchanged pleasantries, we hadn't started to have a conversation yet (and those who know me understand it's only a matter of time). The stadium was still pretty empty and I, a white man wearing a "Veteran" hat, had yet to engage this woman and her daughter but she said something that changed that. She stated "I'll kneel during the national anthem and watch these folks lose their shit". Her tone made me feel like she was supporting the action, not mocking it, and so I leaned over to engage her. I said, "Ma'am, I'm going to stand and place my hat over my heart. If you choose to take a knee, I promise I'll be the first person to stand between you and anyone who challenges you." For the life of me, I'll never understand the folks who say that Colin Kaepernick was disgracing this country when he was exhibiting his most important right. Unless it had more to do with something else...


I could go on, but this is getting pretty long already. Here in Union County the "freedom from tyrannical masks" crowd have had to pivot to another issue. As most of their causes are cover for their real agenda, oppressing minorities and the LGBTQ+ community, burning books was the only natural next step. Under the idea of freedom, they're taking away our freedom to read what we want. They're challenging our freedom to learn real history and not their white-washed versions. How can they possibly think that this is freedom? If they were trying to achieve true freedom, they would allow books written by Black authors and books that normalize growing up in a world where LGBTQ+ people aren't treated any differently. But their idea of freedom is "you're free to think and do what I think and do". And obviously that's an example, not a direct quote from them...the proper form of "you're" was used...


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