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An Octogenerian's Blog | IS FREEDOM A COMMODITY? (Issue 917)

The question: Is Freedom a Commodity? My dictionary defines commodities as things bought and sold. Another dictionary describes a commodity further, stating, “Those things useful or servicable, particularly things of merchandise movable in trade, goods, wares or merchandise of any kind. Movable things of value, things bought and sold.”

Freedom is definitely something of value, and it can be bought and sold. The dictionary definition of a commodity further states, “The word is a broader term than merchandise.” So let’s examine Freedom in broader terms.

If one is arrested, and taken to jail, one can contact a bondsman and pay a fee and be released. Which means one can buy their Freedom.

Freedom is an intangible, but so are other things bought and sold. For example, one can buy a option on a piece of real property. One can buy membership in some stores to purchase at lower prices. One can buy the right to use certain facilities, such as golf greens or club exercise equipment, or use swimming pools, or rides at Disney World, to mention a few.

When an immigrant applies for citizenship to live in this “free” country there are fees to be paid, taxes to be paid.

When one drives through a highway toll gate, a fee is required to proceed. As a citizen living in this country, there’s little one can do without paying a fee in taxes to the government, on their vehicle, gas, groceries, homes, and on just about everything. Fees and taxes do not purchase a commodity, it’s money for an unknown, intangible most of the time.
When one purchases an airline ticket, there are added fees. One has no idea what it pays for. Not only is this paying for an intangible, one has no idea what they are buying.

Unlike paying a bondsman to be freed from jail, one is aware of the intangible they are buying. There are so many intangibles requiring payment, we have no idea what the money is for.

When one goes to a private school, education is an intangible that is bought and sold.

In this connection, one can begin to see what the dictionary definition of commodities means when it says commodities is a broader term than merchandise. Hence there are areas of intangibles bought and sold, which come under the heading of intangibles.

Therefore, Freedom is a commodity bought and sold at a higher price than anything else I can think of. Millions have paid the price with their lives, plus extensive injuries to millions causing pain and suffering. Billions paid for destruction of property fighting for Freedom. As I see it Freedom is and has been the most expensive commodity in the Universe.

In this country, from its inception, fighting the revolutionary war to break from the bondage of British rule, this precious commodity of Freedom came at a very high price. Actually the most expensive commodity we know.

The question is, why have we wasted and squandered this very expensive intangible commodity?

Living in a time when a political government has its finger in every pie, with rules, regulations, policies and drones infringing upon one’s property and inalienable Right to live free, why have we capitulated and surrended this wonderful expensive commodity?

We are now hearing on the news, this intrusive political government is now messing around spying on religious churches, journalists and the press; the IRS is targeting individuals and groups, to handle differently from others. We the people have paid a very high price to not have these things happen.

Freedom of Religion, speech, press, ownership of property and guns were purchased and paid for long before the latest roguish regime came into power. Now a small group of government-paid rogues have assumed power, swooped down and terrorized, invaded and taken over the most valuable commodity we own – Freedom. Acts of thievery so massive it staggers one’s imagination. An exhaustive invasion, by a group of paid politicians. Which is about to be much worse as Obamacare goes into full swing.

What happened to that “Root, Hog, or die!” mentality of our founding fathers, who set forth a set of Principles to which one must adhere, to be Free?

There’s nothing happenstance about the conditions we are experiencing today. It’s a result of a well-organized, deliberate plot by a few, voted into positions of power.

Why was the question never asked of President Obama, what he meant five years ago when he campaigned on a mantra of Transforming America. Now that it has taken place, what can be done about it? Are there enough who care to do anything about it? I daresay this is a “Bad day at Black Rock,” as we sink further and further into bondage. Not a shot has been fired.

I certainly do not mean to suggest President Obama brought about these conditions by himself. After his first four years of ram-rodding through such laws as Obamacare, the people voted him back into power for more of the same and worse.

Now that liberal press which touted him as the greatest thing since sliced bread, is beginning to yelp as the reins tighten on journalists and news organizations. Because a basic tenet of socialism is attempts to make everyone equal, with no exceptions to the controlling powers at-be. Because the liberal left wing press were the exception during the take-over of socialism, does not mean they remain in that role. A stupid idea to think otherwise.

Thomas Jefferson said: “When all government, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided by one government on another and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated.” This from the founding father who drafted The Declaration of Independence.

As we approach the 4th of July, flying flags to celebrate the Declaration of Independence, a time to reflect upon that which we once had and lost.

LET FREEDOM RING

JUST ME AC

email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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