Jul. 5, 2018

LAND OF THE FREE...HOME OF THE BRAVE ?!?!?

 

WHAT DOES FREEDOM MEAN TO YOU? IF FREEDOM IS ALL YOU'VE EVER KNOWN...THEN YOU"RE PROBABLY BORED WITH SUCH A TRITE QUESTION.

MAYBE YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF TO "WALK A MILE" IN SOMEONE'S SHOES FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY----LIKE CUBA, N. KOREA, UKRAINE, OR...EVEN A CLOSE NEIGHBOR LIKE MEXICO OR PARTS OF CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA. I'VE SPENT TIME IN OTHER COUNTRIES---MOST SPECIFICALLY, CHINA---WHERE I EXPERIENCED LIMITED FREEDOM.

WHAT I FIND MOST "TELLING" ABOUT THE WORD "FREEDOM" ....IS THE DOUBLE STANDARD APPLIED IN OTHER COUNTRIES AND....IN AMERICA. THE RULES REGARDING FREEDOM FOR THE "HAVES"--AS OPPOSED TO THE "HAVE-NOTS"--ARE REMARKABLY DIFFERENT.

THE ONLY WAY TO QUALIFY AS A "HAVE" IS TO SHOW YOU ARE WELL-CONNECTED TO MONEY BECAUSE HAVING WEALTH TRANSLATES INTO HAVING POWER.


THE MORE I "GROW UP" THE MORE EVIDENCE I SEE THAT POWER AND CONTROL ARE LIMITING FREEDOM FOR REGULAR AMERICANS LIKE ME...THOSE WHO BARELY MAKE ENDS MEET...MONTH TO MONTH. TODAY'S FREEDOM COMES AT A BIG PRICE AND FOR THOSE OF US WHO LIVE ON LIMITED DOLLARS.... WE ARE SIMPLY UNABLE TO "PAY"THE EVER-INCREASING PRICE.

FOR THAT REASON, THE POWERFUL ARE PLANNING WAYS TO "GET RID OF OLD PEOPLE"....ASAP. "OLD PEOPLE" MEANS EVERYONE OVER SIXTY-- LIVING ON DISABILITY OR SOCIAL SECURITY OR JUST GETTING-BY. PEOPLE IN HIGH PLACES VIEW US AS "DEAD" WEIGHT; THEY DEFINE US AS TAKERS RATHER THAN GIVERS.

EVERY DAY I GROW OLDER ... I FEEL MORE CONSTRAINTS, MORE LIMITATIONS,AND MOUNTING PRESSURE. IT'S DIRECTED AT ME AND EVERYONE IN MY AGE GROUP AND IT'S GROWING OUT-OF-CONTROL.

I'M NOT BEING A DRAMA QUEEN--I'M BEING REALISTIC--WHEN I SAY:
ANY DAY NOW, I EXPECT A KNOCK-ON-THE-DOOR....WHERE SOMEONE IN A GESTAPO-STYLED UNIFORM TELLS ME I HAVE NO OPTION BUT TO "CLIMB ON THE TRUCK, NOW". I KNOW BEFORE ASKING THAT ONCE I "CLIMB ON THE TRUCK", I'LL BE TRANSPORTED TO A BARBED-WIRE- ENCLOSED- DEATH CAMP.

I WAS A VERY YOUNG CHILD DURING WWII BUT I VIVIDLY REMEMBER THE HORRIBLE PICTURES FROM NAZI GERMANY. THOSE PHOTOS ARE FOREVER-FROZEN IN MY MEMORY. JEWS, EVEN THE GERMAN PEOPLE, NEVER IMAGINED IT WOULD HAPPEN TO THEM...., SO, REGARDLESS OF AGE, RELIGION, OR RESIDENCY... WE MUST NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM FOR GRANTED.

FROM WHAT I SEE AND HEAR, EVERY DAY, AMERICA IS LOOKING MORE AND MORE LIKE THE HORROR FROM MY MEMORIES .

HOW EASY IT IS TO FORGET THE PAST. BACK THEN, ALL OF US BELIEVED AMERICA WAS INCAPABLE OF COMMITTING ATROCITIES. BUT NOW--- FOR FREEDOM'S SAKE---THINK AGAIN.

SIMPLY,
SALLY