- The condition of being free of restraints.
- Liberty of the person from slavery, detention, or oppression.
- Political independence.
- Exemption from the arbitrary exercise of authority in the performance of a specific action; civil liberty: freedom of assembly.
- Exemption from an unpleasant or onerous condition: freedom from want.
These are a few of the meanings of the word freedom you will find in the dictionary. Freedom is a word that we take for granted here in the United States. Although we have true freedom in many ways, guaranteed by the Constitution, we have to keep a watchful eye on a government that will try and take it away from us piece by piece, incrementally. However for the most part we are a free people here in the U.S. and we are blessed to be born here or to have been brought here.
As you know many around the world do not know what freedom means. Many if not most of the peoples of the world suffer under brutal governments that oppress their citizens, many of who cannot even read or write so that they, being uneducated can not and will not rise up and take the freedom that men naturally yearn for.
This seems to be changing in the middle east and beyond. Lately more and more citizens in these countries are pushing for that elusive word called freedom. Governments are toppling and oppressive regimes are now the ones trembling with fear, fear of the word freedom being chanted by thousands of citizens marching in the dirt streets of places like Lebanon and Egypt. Now that Afghanistan and Iraq have held elections the dominoes are beginning to fall in this region of the world and a paradigm shift is taking place. How long before Iran and North Korea follow suit. Even the old Soviet Union is seeing more and more freedom take roots.
These my friends are historical and world changing times. Many people will deny this but you can thank God and the United States of America and it's current leaders for the major events that are unfolding before our very eyes. Yes that means George W. Bush and his bold vision to change the middle east. You must give credit to him and all his advisors who prompted him and helped him destroy the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and the Taliban in Afghanistan. These two events were the precursors or catalyst to what we see happening now.
It will be very interesting to see how the political left here in the U.S. handles this remarkable news that is transpiring daily. Even as we speak their foolish behavior during the last election and since is being repudiated each day. They again are finding themselves being on the wrong side of history as all their arguments against George W. Bush and his vision are being reduced to mindless babble. What will Ted Kennedy, Howard Dean and John Kerry say when the middle east is a land of democracy? Will their stalwart cries of (Wrong War at the Wrong Place and the Wrong Time) be forgotten? Will their accusations that Bush and Cheney devised this war for their own motives and profits just fade away? What will they do when they have found themselves and their political views obsolete?
The world is changing and freedom is spreading. I am reminded of a movie I saw just the other day. A man had been captured and was being tortured to death. He was told to just ask for mercy and his torture would end and his death would be painless, yet with his last dying breath he screamed, (FREEDOM!)