It was early on, over five years ago when I first began blogging, that my associate editor labeled me the Freedom Lady. I absolutely love the label, but I’ve refrained from using it, and pretty much shied away from the term. However I’ve decided to start using and embracing the title, because Anne is my name and Freedom is my game.

This holiday Thanksgiving week has been one quite different from those in the past I have experienced. Instead of being with family, in their home or mine, this year I celebrated twice at the home of friends, where at both gatherings I met some very delightful other guests, and enjoyed conversations with people I had not previously met. Discovering that for the most part they too were as deeply concerned about the direction of this nation as I have been.

My second invitation yesterday was at the home of a medical doctor and his nurse wife, and their relatives. The host prepared a fabulous traditional Thanksgiving dinner, and the guests brought delicious side dishes. I felt so honored to be invited and included in their family celebration. The food was so good it reminded me of an old saying from my mother, who used to say “It’s so good it would make a fool swallow his tongue!!!”

Similar to new friends I met at last Sunday’s dinner gathering, when I tell them I write a blog, with over one-thousand postings, going around the world 24-7 to 80 countries, they want to know what I write about. When I tell them the underlying theme of everything I write is the Philosophy of Freedom, this is the opening for them to express their ideas about the current state of affairs in this country.

While I have been writing and complaining about the absence of interest in the subject of freedom in this country, just getting out this week was a discovery for me, there are many out there hungry to talk about it and listen. One gentleman guest in particular, an entrepreneur owner of his own software company, opened up with some very informed ideas about the current state of affairs in this country. With an interest in hearing more about the real meaning of Freedom. Raising two daughters, with an interest and desire to pass on to them information about the founding Principles this nation was built upon, originally – a subject not taught in public schools generally.

A new discovery for me when I suggest the biggest problem in this country is an absence of understanding about the meaning of Freedom, and point out an understanding of ownership of property is an intregal part of that understanding, a light comes on and prompts further discussion and expression of ideas. I discovered people want to be heard and are ready and willing to open up to express their concerns.

One of the problems we face is the fact all of us are so subjected to the jack-hammer rhetoric of the managed news we listen to everyday, leaves little room to express one’s self about the concerns brewing in most of us. There is a deep-seated desire and need, among the average citizenry, to have someone listen to their concerns. Who among us out there is willing to listen to friends, family and neighbors when their time is consumed by listening to the propaganda of the managed news press, which consumes our time and directs our thinking?

According to some psychiatrists and psychologists there is a “need” all have over and beyond the need for food, clothing and shelter, and that’s a need for recognition. That is, someone to pay attention and hear us. Never so glaringly apparent as in the popularity of social media, a substitute for talking directly to “others.” Epitomizing our need to have someone listen to us as we express ourselves.

So what’s the bottom line solution to our current plight, where do we begin with any notion of turning things around in this country? No question about it, we’re headed in the wrong direction. A direction that replaces personal freedom and the free-enterprise system of voluntary exchange of goods and services this nation was built and thrived upon at one time in our history.

A way of life replaced with doles and controls of a centralized power, hell bent upon taking us down to a totalitarian system of socialism. What is the answer to our current dilemma? In my opinion, a place to start to find answers is start listening to each other, talking it out, among ourselves, with an honest appraisal of recognition that we’re in a ditch and need to stop digging.

A recognition we have a God-given Right to be free, born in a country with an original form of political government which guaranteed that right. Conversely, admitting we the people have squandered it, denying future generations of the privileges we have enjoyed. And most importantly, we as individuals have no right to sit back and do nothing about it, and admitting that to ourselves. We can begin by talking and listening to each other about the importance of issues we face on this road to bondage.

This entire planet we live on has embraced the basic tenets of the bondage of Socialism, either Fascist or Communist brands. How has that been accomplished? Plenty of books are available to know the answers.

One of the most profound and enlightening books I have ever read is “Witness” by Whitaker Chambers, a dyed in the wool Communist who worked in the State Department of our centralized government, then defected and writes his story. Particularly about small Communist cell meetings he attended regularly. He vividly describes how he became a Communist. We must first understand the enemy of freedom, if we are to have hopes of reversing our current plight.

Accordingly, if we recognize the takeover of this once most powerful nation in the universe was reduced to the rubble of Socialism, by small group meetings getting together regularly to discuss the ways and means of conquering this nation and bringing it down, reduced to Socialism, this successful game plan gives some insight relative to a consideration of where to begin to regain the Freedoms we once enjoyed.

Small get togethers, listening and talking to each other honestly about the reality of where we are today, where we came from and how we got here is a start. Informing ourselves by reading books of enlightenment. For starters, Rose Wilder Lane’s “Discovery of Freedom.” Frederic Bastiat’s book, “The Law”. Robert LeFevre’s book, “This Bread is mine.” Radical views about compulsory schooling edited by William Rickenbacker, titled, “The Twelve Year Sentence.” “The Manchurian President,” by AAron Klein, “Witness” by Chambers are some suggestions for starters.

We must recognize we have been at war in this country – a war of ideas, and we the people, losers. Therefore reading “The Art of War” by the great military strategist Sun Tzu by James Clavell is very educational. Sun Tzu said this: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself, but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

Today we have succumbed to a battle we have lost without a shot being fired. How we got here is not rocket science. We the people set it up and let it happen. This great nation of hard-working, creative, educated, and a generous people, have let it happen. The question now is, What do we want to do about it? Do we desire the self-responsibility and self-control of Freedom enough to stand up and re-claim it? Do we prefer self-government over political government by a few, who have taken over this country and transformed it from its original intent to the bondage of socialism?

It was the Communist leader Lenin, who laid out the plan for take-over of Europe, then said the “United States we shall not have to attack it will fall into our hands like overripe fruit,” and so it has.

As we celebrate this holiday season ending this 2013, the first of January 2014, we face further laws, rules, regulations and policies by a centralized government, lusting for more power, of more chains of socialism, than we ever imagined.

Those in charge have ignored the fifth amendment of the Bill of Rights in our Constitution which reads: “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury. Nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty or property, without due process of law, nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.” It’s that clause about takeover of private property, beginning with ownership of our bodies and our Right to decide for ourselves personal health issues we should consider, and recognize being taken unlawfully by the current regime.

LET FREEDOM RING
JUST ME AC

Email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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