What is “freedom” to you?

An exchange with Carl Nemo got me thinking about the concept of freedom. I’m embarrassed to say that, put on the spot, I can’t really say what freedom is to me. As the old saying about pornography goes, “I know it when I see it.”

But define it? Hmmm, I’ve gotta think about that.

I’d like to invite people to give their thoughts on what freedom, within the context of being an American, is.

Comments

  1. Flapsaddle

    What do you see as the connection between this event and the question of property rights and the hand of the government?

    I was told that the buyer owed more money to the government than they owed to me and the government took possession of my building.

    Presumptively, the person buying your property and then defaulting and filing for bankruptcy also owed the government some taxes. The government has a first lien on all property for taxes; they get their cut first before anyone else.

    Yes, this was when Bush 43 sat in the white house after making promises of improvement.

    The authority for government(s) to attach property for unpaid taxes long precedes the current administration. Besides, I do not think that any candidate for the presidency has ever campaigned with a promise not to seize property for taxes owed the government.

    CATO said clearly and plainly that the government behind the Constitution must be honest, with men/women of integrity and the Congress must keep a close watch on the White House.

    That is sound advice at any time about any government. And Congress, just like the White House, must be kept under surveillance by the citizenry.

    We do not have this honesty and it looks as if we never will…

    Government is about power, and the prospect of it attracts certain classes of people in the same way that carrion attracts vultures. The government will never be more honest than the persons placing it in power.

    …Property rights have no value if the federal government gets into the deals.

    Again I fail to see the connection between this instance and the general idea of government versus property rights. If you own property there is the obvious implication of taxes; therefore, there is the implication of government insertion into your property rights.

    Most respectfully,

    T. J. Flapsaddle

  2. Sandra Price

    Flapsaddle, I heard a CATO speech on CSPAN where this “rights” subject was discussed. The Constitution was written to keep the government our of our affairs. I agree that property rights are the basis for freedoms.

    In 2000 I sold my commercial building to a man who had impeccable credit and I carried the paper. I had added to the sale papers that if they missed 3 payments the building would revert back to me. They did stop paying and declared a bankruptcy. I was told that the buyer owed more money to the government than they owed to me and the government took possession of my building. This was my retirement money and I located the best attorney from Santa Barbara that I could find. He was fabulous and it took over a year before the building was released and sold through the federal government barely allowing me a profit. I had owned the building for 18 years without a mortgage and the government wiped out my profits.

    My Attorney’s fees were $20,000 but it was worth every cent to keep my building out of the hands of the federal government. Yes, this was when Bush 43 sat in the white house after making promises of improvement.

    CATO said clearly and plainly that the government behind the Constitution must be honest, with men/women of integrity and the Congress must keep a close watch on the White House.

    We do not have this honesty and it looks as if we never will. The voters want free handouts and forget the integrity. Property rights have no value if the federal government gets into the deals.

  3. JoyfulC

    Yeesh! This property ownership stuff seems entirely too ideological to me.

    Let me try another angle:

    When people here speak in terms of being afraid of losing their freedoms, specifically what freedoms are you afraid you’ll lose and what would cause you to lose them?