Definitions of Freedom

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY JULY 4, 2017

         THERE ARE QUITE A FEW DEFINITIONS OF FREEDOM. ON THIS, THE 241ST ANNIVERSARY OF AMERICA’S DECLARED INDEPENDENCE FROM BRITAIN SOME ARE WORTH CONSIDERING.

         FREEDOM: “EXEMPTION FROM EXTERNAL CONTROL, INTERFERENCE, REGULATION; THE POWER TO DETERMINE ACTION WITHOUT RESTRAINT.” I WOULD ARGUE THAT THIS DEFINITION CAN LEAD TO LICENSE, THE NOTION ONE CAN DO WHATEVER ONE WISHES WITHOUT CONSEQUENCES.

         “POLITICAL OR NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE,” WHICH IS WHAT WE CELEBRATE TODAY.

         “PERSONAL LIBERTY, AS OPPOSED TO BONDAGE OR SLAVERY.” THERE ARE OTHER DEFINITIONS, BUT YOU GET THE PICTURE.

         HOW’S THIS FROM OUR 30TH PRESIDENT, CALVIN COOLIDGE, THE ONLY PRESIDENT BORN ON JULY 4: “THE MEANING OF AMERICA IS NOT TO BE FOUND IN A LIFE WITHOUT TOIL. FREEDOM IS NOT ONLY BOUGHT  WITH A GREAT PRICE, IT IS MAINTAINED BY UNREMITTING EFFORT.” BUT THEN AS SCRIPTURE SAYS: “IF THE SON HAS SET YOU FREE, YOU SHALL BE FREE, INDEED.”

         HAPPY 4TH FROM THE COOLIDGE FARM IN PLYMOUTH, VERMONT. I’M CAL THOMAS.