I live on a neat little street in a north Georgia pretty little town, in the “Historic District” which goes all decked out for the holidays of Christmas, which emanates a a feeling of peace and tranquility, as one drives through. Then the holiday passes, but not before we celebrate the incoming New Year of 2014, a time to ring out the old and ring in the New year. How do you do that?

Many watch a lot of football. Some return to the malls for after holiday sales, or to swap out gifts. Others spend time making New Year’s resolutions. I personally spend a lot of time quietly listening to music and remembering holidays of yesteryear growing up.

I also recall the twenty-plus years as a military wife, and the celebrations of the New Year, and the time and effort spent finding a lovely gown to wear to the New Year’s Eve ball at the officer’s club. And the next day dressing up for the reception for the base commander. There were certain rituals of protocol required by the military.

The news today portrays a different feeling, inasmuch as so much is being reported about the dismantling of the military, and the struggles of those injured from assignments in foreign countries. Plus all the projections of upcoming changes, which will affect the lives of all of us living in America.

As a nation founded upon the Principle, “Of the people, by the people and for the people,” to re-claim remnants of that premise, we must return to thoughts, and talk about Freedom. Remember that in your New Year’s resolutions. Beginning with changing the notion that it’s taboo to talk about it. How can you reclaim that which is more precious than rubies and diamonds, unless you understand its meaning? How can you pass on its meaning to your children and the next generation, unless you openly discuss it with them?

Freedom is somewhat like an inanimate object. Not something we see, but something we feel and experience, in our everyday lives. It’s in the air we breathe. But not something which is automatic, but requires that “eternal vigilance.” And how many understand just what that means?

As things stand, beginning the year 2014, the majority are not conscious of the fact we have lost the majority of our freedoms. How can you start your vehicle unless you realize you’ve lost the keys to it? Currently we have lost the keys to the ignition of Freedom. To ignite, we must consciously recognize that which we have lost.

The very essence of Freedom is self-control, and a total concept. You’re in control of your life, or some other entity is. Now is the time to stop and think about that which you own and control, and those areas which require permission from an outside force in order to ignite. Getting honest with yourself is the prerequisite to Freedom.

We have been lulled into a state of self-deception, by thinking we now live in a free country, when we are restrained by so many rules, man-made laws of restrictions, perpetrated upon us by those we the people elected, to protect, those inalienable Rights, given to us by our Creator, and guaranteed by the documents handed down from our ancestors.

In that essence of self-control of freedom, lies ownership of property. And you don’t own anything you do not control. Therefore stop and ask yourself, if you can drive your car, live in your house, purchase food, or purchase a pair of pants, without the restrictions of control, ie, taxes on everything in your life. Right down to the water you drink, coming through your faucet from city government. You are required to “pay unto Caesar” for everything you require to sustain your very life. That’s not Freedom, that’s bondage.

We have been forewarned, beginning in January 2014, the tightening of control over our lives is about to be a whole lot worse, perpetrated upon us by a few men at the helm of centralized political government.

Therefore to understand Freedom, it begins by a recognition of that which you have already lost, specifically of your life, your health, and everything you think you own, because restrictions have already been implemented on every facet of your life and beginning in a matter of days, those restrictions are going to be tightened.

There is absolutely nothing coming out of the news from Washington, which in any way, shape, form nor fashion, tells us the reign and chains of bondage perpetrated by the few on the many, will be lessened in 2014. Quite the contrary, the news reports indicate otherwise.

The legacy of Freedom handed down to us as a gift from our founding fathers, has been denied by those in political seats of power. The lust for power of control, by those elected to protect that which those before us fought and died for has been snatched from us, and will not be voluntarily returned to us. Only by individual recognition of that which we’ve lost, with a burning desire individually to reclaim, is there renewed hope to be free again.

There is nothing automatic about the precious gift of freedom. If we desire it, we must first understand it, and admit to ourselves, we no longer have it in this great land of ours.That which we have today is an illusion of that which we once had. A lost dream of the most important commodity of individual freedom.

Therefore I urge my readers to stop for a moment and take stock of where you are today, and take stock of that which you desire for yourself and the future of your children. The choice is bondage or Freedom. There is no other choice. No inbetween. The self-responsibility and self-control of your life is still the requirement to be free. It cannot be legislated. It’s bondage that’s legislated, not Freedom.

When you make your New Year’s resolutions, just stop and think about where you came from, why you’re here and where you are headed, then resolve what you plan on doing about it. If your resolve is to do nothing, expecting others to free you up, then it’s predictable what your future holds.

Confucius says, “If language is not correct, then what is said, is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.” 479 BC


Email: annecleveland@bellsouth.net

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