What does freedom mean to you?
In recent years we’ve heard discussions from left and right leaning communities alike about the absence of freedom in the United States. Whether you blame it on inequality, or over-regulation, the fact is, few people are satisfied with the state of democracy today. This recent podcast discussion between Bob Dunsmore, recently of Aurora, Colorado, compiler of the Great Mandate, and write in progressive candidate Daniel Barron of Austin, Texas represents one of many alternative perspectives on building democracy. Dunsmore and Barron encourage us to simply demand it.
Their dialog, which claims indigenous perspectives and describes experiences from throughout the Americas, may sound radical to some. But then, so was the proposition of our founding fathers in 1776, when they stated:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
The United States of America was founded by individuals speaking from both the left and the right. It was founded by individuals who were observing indigenous Americans, and modeled after an existing American republic. Heck, a bunch of white guys dressed up as indigenous American’s for the Boston Tea Party!
But what really matters when it comes to freedom has little to do with your thoughts on indigenous versus corporate values. It matter little whether you see government as the problem, or government as the solution. It doesn’t matter if you agree with Bob Dunsmore and Daniel Barron, or you consider their discussion antagonistic to the brand of freedom you believe in. The beauty of freedom is that what really determines YOUR freedom is how you are claiming an utilizing YOURS.
At the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, when queried as to whether t the delagates had formed a Republic or a Monarchy, Ben Franklin responded, “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Apparently, Franklin knew what Dunsmore and Barron recognize. It really is not up to elected officials to protect our freedom. It is up to individuals.
How are you protecting your freedom?
Do you stand your ground when others disagree with you? Or do you walk away in shame?
Do you choose work that empowers and inspires you? Or do you condemn yourself to work you hate, just because it pays the bills?
Do you claim responsibility for creating value in your community? Or do you wait for a program to meet your needs.
Do you stand up for others who are freely expressing opinions and beliefs? Or do you challenge anyone that disagrees with your paradigm?
No doubt, maintaining freedom is difficult. Each of us has to fight to protect it, not only for ourselves, but for those around us. Because when individuals surrender their rights and responsibility to the care of government or tyrants, freedom suffers for all of us.
An interest we share at The Extension Team involves creating freedom by creating opportunities for ourselves and for those around us. We do this by engaging in the gig economy, an economy some describe as “the last free enterprise in the world.”.
If you are looking for better health, more freedom, or a new financial opportunity, please explore our path to betterment, and contact any member of The Extension Team for details.