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Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014 5:45 am

Nothing more than words? In one of his many speeches, President Obama was discussing a concept of some kind which was opposed to his plan, and he described it as “just words.”

We all know words have meaning and can invoke emotional reaction, even wars. His cavalier disparagement of the value of words was telling. It revealed his political character and values. One must wonder if he considers the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution as “just words.”

Does he consider liberty and freedom as nothing more than “just words?” Those words were the basic foundation for the establishment of the United States of America. The concept of liberty and freedom was near and dear to the hearts and minds of the colonists of our first 13 states. Those words defined a way of life which was to be free of the tyrannical intrusion of government on their lives.

Through the centuries, liberty and freedom have been defined by many. As Epictetus (AD 55–135), a Greek philosopher, said, “the right to live as we wish” is one definition of the word or words.

J. Oerter said, “the right to act without interference within the limits of the law.”

Will Rogers said, it was “the right to kick about the lack of it.”

Thomas Hobbs characterized liberty as “political power divided into small fragments.”

Samuel Johnson pragmatically described liberty as “the choice of working or starving.”

Webster’s New World Dictionary, Fourth Edition, defines “freedom” as follows: “the state or quality of being free, esp. a) exemption or liberation from the control of some other person or some arbitrary power; liberty, independence.”

That same dictionary defines “liberty” in this way: “freedom or release from slavery, imprisonment, captivity, or any other arbitrary form of control.” In either case, “control” is the key word. Control of our lives by way of Obamacare (health care), Common Core State Standards Initiative (education), Quantitative Easing (Federal Reserve Bank) and uncontrolled illegal immigration (Democrat voters), to name just a few ways which the progressive liberal establishment (Democrat Party) plans to maintain control of our government with the ultimate goal of rewriting our Constitution.

If you don’t understand the meaning of the words “freedom” and “liberty” now, you’ll jolly well know what they mean when you don’t have ‘em any longer.

Don Kennedy

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