Oct 052011

freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose…..

got that song stuck in your head now? no? … here let me help you with that

kris kristofferson wrote some very prolific words with that one….

freedom… here is what mr. webster says about it:

: the quality or state of being free: asa : the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or actionb : liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another : independencec : the quality or state of being exempt or released usually from something onerous <freedom from care>d : ease, facility <spoke the language with freedom>e : the quality of being frank, open, or outspoken <answered with freedom>f : improper familiarityg : boldness of conception or executionh : unrestricted use <gave him the freedom of their home>
: a political right

my thoughts start here…. the part you have all been waiting for ha!

so now that we have all that down, do you think you are truly free? i mean, those of us living in the good ol US of A are living a life of freedom, right?
sort of, that’s what i say
  • the right of petition,
  • an independent judiciary (the Sovereign was forbidden to establish his own courts or to act as a judge himself),
  • freedom from taxation by royal (executive) prerogative, without agreement by Parliament (legislators),
  • freedom from a peace-time standing army,
  • freedom to bear arms for their defence, as allowed by law,
  • freedom to elect members of Parliament without interference from the Sovereign,
  • freedom of speech in Parliament,
  • freedom from cruel and unusual punishments and excessive bail, and
  • freedom from fines and forfeitures without trial.
how many of those freedoms do we still have, really have… in case you don’t recognize that list, it’s from the Bill of Rights
sure, i’m free to pursue and education; free to work in most any job i choose, free to live where i choose, free to drive the type of vehicle i want, free to express myself – mostly
but think about it…. are we free to wear what we choose? for most of us we are free to wear the clothing of our choice about 14 hours of most days…
are we free to say what we want? not really… what with political correctness, fear of offending, fear of law suits, fear of bodily injury – we are not really free to say what we want
and are we really free to live where we want? mostly
and are we really free to work where we want? mostly
and are we really free to read the news? well yes, but it’s censored…
and are we really free to watch the shows we want? yes, but then again, it’s censored
food? arms? same thing…

so, when i think about it… i have to conclude that on the surface, at a very superficial level that is built to deceive, yes i am free

Being an adult is like looking both ways before you cross the street and then getting hit by an airplane.

  7 Responses to “nothing left to lose”

  1. I’m just proud of the fact that I have the freedom to be your friend and to have gotten to know you!

  2. I don’t need any ear worms so I carefully didn’t listen.

    Am I free?  Weeeell, freeish.

    • ha that’s sort of how i look at it…. freeish… i know  we have more freedoms than many people around the world, but unless we want to give up every possession, our job, etc…well until then we aren’t really free… and even then, living homeless with nothing of our own, still not totally free…. 

  3. One of my favorite Janis Joplin songs. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to listen to it again.

    • i love Janis Joplin… and Kris Kristofferson even more… he wrote some amazing music…being a horrible singer who was afraid of crowds, Kristofferson sold so much of his work… 

  4. One of the best songs ever!

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