How Much Will Freedom Cost You?

Freedom, Claudette Gallant

What is the price for freedom some may ask? Does money buy freedom or is it a right we were born to have?

Are we ever truly free? While we may not be shackled by the chains of physical bondage as thousands of people endured as recipients of whip-stabbing scars by a persecuting tormentor, there are other freedom stealers that come in a guise of friendliness and trustworthiness. We face greater danger of losing our freedom by accepting ignorance as the norm or turning a blind eye to avoid speaking up and speaking out against horrific injustices. Spiritually, mentally, financially and educationally we become entangled and unaware of how we got to this place of pseudo-freedom or freedom entrapment.

Oftentimes, we never even realize how our freedom was lost by our lackadaisicalness and careless distractions. When we get to that belief that someone else’s problem is none of our concern, it behooves us to rethink our position on that because sooner or later, their problem will become our bigger problem.

Of course, freedom should not be a privilege that we can be reckless with because it could very well end up as a piece of driftwood in a landfill. We cannot afford to be idle because it’s just too costly.

Freedom, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.” -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Spirit of the 4th of July, Independence Day

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With Liberty and Justice for All

May we be reminded to never take our freedoms for granted. Never!

Happy Independence Day in the USA!

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Independence Day, July 4th

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With Liberty and Justice for All?

Liberty, Statue of Liberty, Democracy, Justice

Is democracy in our country really under siege? Are we truly paying attention to how the freedoms we gallantly sing about are slipping through our hands like water? Is there a diabolical motive undermining our current state of independence, creeping up on us, and going unnoticed?

It was so disheartening to read and hear about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to purge people who haven’t voted in the past two years. They refer to it as “Use It or Lose it.” It’s only been 53 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark piece of federal legislation in the United States that prohibits racial discrimination in voting.

An attack on a law designed to enforce the voting rights guaranteed by the 14th and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution leaves one to question how soon other amendments will be compromised as well.

Liberty, Democracy, Justice

There has been much concern about outside forces tampering with the foundation of our democracy, but what about inside conspirators, breaking down the code of ethics that once stood for something real and promising, for the good of all people and not a select few?

Who can you trust to tell you the truth or genuinely try to protect “We the People” anymore? So much is at stake and many wonder if anyone is bothering to pay attention to adhering to good ethics or even showing more compassion anymore. Liberty and justice for all? Do we really have to question this again? 😦

Juneteenth: Emancipation for Humanity

Slavery, Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham , Juneteenth

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Slavery has remained one of the darkest clouds in the history of the United States and in many parts of the world. Slaves were not even considered people, but property like cattle. The Emancipation Proclamation was a presidential proclamation and executive order issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. This proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states (more than 3 million enslaved people in designated areas of the South) “are, and henceforward shall be free.”

Also known as Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, Juneteenth commemorates the day Union General Gordon Granger along with 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas (a rebellious state) to take possession of the state in order to enforce the emancipation of its slaves.

I always wondered whether the last line of the poem, Defence of Fort M’Henry written in 1814 by poet Francis Scott Key, O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave (better known in our national anthem, The Star Spangled Banner) had any significance behind the writing and execution of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863? There are many resources for learning about the historical influences behind Juneteenth. You can find out more about this holiday and how it is celebrated 152 years later around the country, by visiting

Happy Juneteenth!

Celebrating Independence Day in the USA

Happy_July_4thWishing everyone a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Declaration of Independence, Independence Day, Fourth of July

Facsimile of the Declaration of Independence

So what’s the big deal about the 4th of July, celebrated in the United States of America, aside from the picnics, fireworks, concerts, festivals, parades and family reunions? The Fourth of July or Independence Day is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which was the date the United States formally declared its independence from Great Britain and British rule.

According to Wikipedia, during the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776. The Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain rule. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4.

Today, we celebrate 239 years of independence, which we are truly blessed and grateful to have, in the “Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave!”


Why Are You Celebrating the 4th of July?

Why are you celebrating the 4th of July today? Is it because of the cookouts? Because you have the day off? Because there are going to be some slammin’ fireworks lighting up the sky tonight? Because of the parades? Or because there will be some awesome outdoor concerts to groove to?

While all of these reasons are typical for commemorating this day, let’s not forget the real reasons why we are celebrating with food, fun, family and friends. Don’t forget about the sacrifices for freedom that many of our ancestors and service personnel fought so hard for and died because of it. Don’t forget about the paths that were laid for justice and equality for all. Don’t forget about how God blessed this country even though we often behave in such a manner that is so undeserving. Don’t forget about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitutional Amendments and the blessing it is to be a citizen of this great nation.

All too often we abuse these rights and take them for granted. It’s painful to know that many born in America will flunk the exam that foreigners study for in order to become a citizen of this country. It is not acceptable to not be able to sing our National Anthem. It is not acceptable to not know what the stars and stripes mean in our flag. It is not acceptable to not be able to fully recite our Pledge of Allegiance. It is not acceptable to not know the history of this country or your ancestry. It is not acceptable that although we have moved from an agricultural and industrial era, to an era of modern technology, that we disregard skilled labor. Because of the past, is why we celebrate the present and must lay an edifying pathway for those who we pass on the torch to, who will light our future.

So in your celebration today, be sure to take a moment to reflect and remember, while celebrating with fun and passion.

Have a safe, blessed and Happy 4th of July!