Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Freedom in the 21st Century

Being a woman in 21st Century America on July 4, 2012 means that I am free. I'm contemplating my freedom from the safe confines of my air-conditioned Minnesota home. What does it really mean to live in the land of the free and the brave? Freedom is something that I, as an American, certainly take for granted.

I have the right to vote and to voice my own opinion. I'm not forced to wear a burka. I can wear a bikini if I so choose. I don't have to wear a veil over my hair in public. I have a driver's license and am free to drive. I do not need a male escort as women do in some countries. I can even carry a gun if I want. (Now that would be a scary thing!)

I have the freedom to choose to attend church and worship whatever religion I please. I can join in at a protest at the State Capitol. I can display a yard sign on my front yard supporting a political party. None of my family members are being persecuted unjustly for something that I have done. I can walk in a Gay Rights parade or march with Romney supporters in a Fourth of July parade.

I have Internet access all of the time. I have Google—uncensored Google. I can write freely on my blog and not worry about having my blog shut down due to my views. I'm not hiding or looking over my shoulder if I happen to criticize the government via my blog. I have Facebook, Twitter, and Linked-In: all of the social media that is prevalent in the Internet.

 I am an American woman, and I am free this day and every day. Unfortunately so many other women in oppressed countries are not so free today. They have few of the freedoms that I savor. Thank you to the men and women who serve this country in the military and the government, securing our freedoms here and abroad. America will continue to shine on as long as our leadership truly stands for continuing our glorious freedom, sustaining the values that founded this country, and supporting the American way.

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