by Fran Tully
Freedom is one of those words that is thrown around by everyone--even
those who spend most of their lives trying to restrict yours. Freedom
means different things to different people.
The men who started this country were willing to risk their lives over
an unfair tax of 2%. Maybe they realized that 2% was just the proverbial
camel's nose under the tent. But the Founders demanded liberty, and
were willing to fight to preserve their right to be free . . . to be
left alone . . . not to be forced to pay for something that they didn't
want or weren't getting.
So when I think about about freedom, I think about the outright LIE that we keep being told . . . that "we live in the freest nation on earth." It makes me angry, and sick to my stomach. We
do NOT live in the freest nation on earth. We live in what USED TO BE a
country that offered the greatest opportunities on earth.
What bothers me more than anything else, is that government believes
that it is entitled to deny me my most basic rights. In my quest for
freedom, I think I have finally figured out what freedom means to me.
Freedom is self-sufficiency, self-governance. The freedom to exercise
all of my basic human rights, without interference.
I dream of converting depleted soil back into black, healthy,
productive, mineral-rich topsoil . . . of raising my own livestock to
provide me with eggs, meat, manure, and seed-ready soil . . . . Of a
root cellar full of potatoes, onions, garlic, corn, apples, squash,
canned vegetables, cured ham, and pumpkins. A pond and a creek teaming
with fish, frogs, and birds. A fence with a sign warning unwanted guests
that once they cross that line, they will be treated as a threat just
like any other trespasser with criminal intent. Trees with fruit, nuts,
shade, and stored energy. A power system that is completely independent
of the grid. A view of nature where I can watch the sunrise, the
wildlife in their natural habitat, and a sky free of power lines and
buildings. My self-governance would make me supreme ruler of all of my
land. I would NOT ask permission for anything that I believed was my
basic natural right. I would decide how much to smoke, drink, eat, burn,
and irrigate--based on what I believed would best serve the
continuation of a healthy body and property. I would decide if, when and
how an animal should be slaughtered, butchered and preserved. I would
decide if some of the water from the creek should be put into a cistern
or used to generate electricity. I would determine if my children should
be able to drive a car or a motorized vehicle. I would decide who could
enter my property. I would decide if and how much I should pay some
government parasite in taxes. I would decide if people I invite onto the
property should have guns, and if they should be allowed to carry them.
It would not be a government-free zone . . . I would govern it--and ONLY
me. I would be free in my mind, and in my actions. I would be free from
stress, because I wouldn't have to worry about if my food was designed
to be a slow kill weapon, if my water was treated to cause weak bones,
dementia, and slow learning. I wouldn't be worried about some goon
with a gun groping my wife or kids, or asking them to walk into an
X-ray chamber with no protection. I wouldn't be worried that forced
vaccinations are just another name for chemical warfare, I wouldn't be
concerned about grocery stores with a three-day supply of food running
out because of a power outage, an act of war, a riot, or a collapse of
the financial system. I wouldn't be concerned about my neighbors killing
my family for their next meal--or an agent of the law killing me
because I refuse to give up my gun and go peacefully into their
controlled housing. My freedom would be from the inside out.
As a teenager, freedom came when I left the supervision of my parents
and took responsibility for feeding myself, educating myself, protecting
myself, and housing myself. Over time, the government has tried to
enslave me against my will. They have violated my privacy, contaminated
my air and water, destroyed the value of my savings and investments, and
turned my food into poison. They have orchestrated a plan to sterilize
the population, and created a tax and school system designed to break
apart the family unit. They believe that they have won, that they have
us right where they want us. But I believe that some will simply wake
up, and walk out. Just as we walked out of our parents' homes as teens,
we need to once again decide to do for ourselves.
In my vision of Freedom, we build our own energy efficient home--don't
live in the bank's house. Repair the soil and grow our own food--don't
poison the earth with Monsanto chemicals and GMO seeds. Create a natural
balance, where the cows, sheep, chickens, and pigs naturally work the
ground, maintain the plants, and control disease. Develop our own
mini-power plants with wind, water, and solar. Plan our power
consumption with the idea that the more efficiently we use it, the less
we will need to produce or store. Enjoy reading, writing, and
conversation. Practice horseshoes, cross-country skiing, and walking
instead of watching TV or going to the gym. Plant flowers, clover, and
hang a bird feeder to add beauty and attract nature. Put up bat houses
to control mosquitoes. Make fishing poles and raise worms to improve
soil, feed the birds, and enjoy fresh fish. Grow barley and hops so we
can brew our own beer. Grow grapes, plums, and berries to provide our
own wine. Grow tobacco and comfrey to have something to smoke and trade.
Grow an orchard of apples for fruit, juice, cider, and vinegar. To me,
this is as free as one can hope to get. Some people might believe that
such a life would be too hard. But to me, nothing could be as hard as
watching this country spiral toward socialism and total destruction of
all that was once good. To me, that is more than I can bear. Freedom
isn't free, and it isn't easy, but none of the best things in life are.
Freedom is worth fighting for . . . and worth leaving for.