What is Your Most Cherished Freedom?

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What is Your Most Cherished Freedom?

Sun, 07/04/2021 - 15:44
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Hernando Sun Readers Respond.

Though taken for granted by most Americans, freedom FROM authoritarians and political despots!

-Mike Miller, Spring Hill
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My most cherished freedom is the one that guarantees unlimited travel within the USA with no restrictions or taxes or fines when moving from one state to another.   This freedom was so important that it was included in the Articles of Confederation which preceded the US Constitution.

It's easy to take this freedom for granted until you want to cross a border into a foreign country, even Canada or Mexico, and have to present authorized documentation as to who you are and where you live .  Can you imagine doing that for every state as you drive up the east coast, perhaps to Vermont?  You would cross 11 state borders.  Picture sitting in a line of traffic waiting for your turn to be granted permission to enter Georgia, then again to enter South Carolina, and again to enter North Carolina....... and on and on. And you couldn't just show your driver's license, you'd have to have a passport from the State of Florida.   It's daunting.  But thanks to our Founding Fathers, we don't have to do that.

Now that we are retired, we have the time and the funds to travel this incredible land anytime we can to any state we choose, even Hawaii and Alaska, without restriction.  Thanks, Hernando Sun, for asking this question.  It made us think about our way of life, and once more cherish that we live here.

-Ruth and Ken Stay, 
Brooksville, Florida   
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We both cherish so much of our freedoms, and it is upsetting for us to see so many other americans take for granted what is here for "U.S.". My wife loves the freedom to worship when and where she wants (as I do as well), but I love, (or loved)the freedoms of the  1st Amendment, with open media and press. I have always loved the quote "The pen is mightier than the sword", and have seen its relevance come to light through this last presidential election cycle. 

-Steve & Cecelia, "Cee" Goodwin
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Freedom OF Religion . . . NOT freedom from religion. GOD bless America.

-Barbara Harris
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To have the ability to Agree to Disagree.

-Susan Cron
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My most cherished freedom is the right to vote for the candidate of my choice.

-James Gibson
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Speech\Religion\Travel

-Dennis Reich
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The most cherished freedom was (until COVID) and/or is being able to worship God and meet with Christians at homes, churches or even fields as WE desired.

-Colin Brooks, Spring Hill, FL
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Freedom to believe in a Supreme Being without interference from government or other groups.

-Vince Vanni
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Too many to list. The freedom to express our freedoms sums it up. 

-John Hoch
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My most cherished freedom used to be:  “the freedom of speech”. But we know we can’t voice our opinions, in fear of repercussions. “The freedom to vote”. But we all know our elections are altered.  “The freedom of religion”.  But we all know that the government takes our security/money away from those of us that want to marry in later years. “The freedom of the press”. But we all know the bias that exists today.  “The freedom to bear arms”.  But we all know that so many pathetic people have plagued that right.  There are still many not infected freedoms yet: to travel, to divorce, to garden, to build, to breathe...

-John Zeppegno
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The freedom to take initiatives to improve your happiness and quality of life.  I'm fortunate to have traveled quite a bit, and others around the world typically lack as much opportunity. 

-Burton Melaugh
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Speech--but we don't currently have ANY of our freedoms and we lost them, for all intents and purposes, on November 22, 1963.

-Brad Benson
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free speech
-Robert Mazurkiewicz
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To be able to choose whatever church or religion we want.  Seems so extremely simple, however, not all people have that choice around the world.  Truly a wonderful freedom.

-Charlene Luke
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My most cherished freedom would have to be the ability to move around freely. Knowing that nothing can keep me living somewhere I don’t want to be.

-Annie
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I appreciate the challenge of the question because there are so many.
Perhaps at the very heart of freedom is the ability to choose. Throughout my life I have benefited from the freedom to choose -career paths that offered many opportunities to serve and to see theworld through the eyes of others
-a spouse who served in our military, who loves me and our children and encourages and supports our very best
-to use my blessings to serve the community I now call home.

I look forward to the responses of others.

-Kay Hatch

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The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment gives me the freedom to worship and, the government can't penalize me because of my Christian beliefs. I am excited because this freedom entitles me to worship freely amongst my brothers and sisters of other faith and religious background. We may not see eye to eye on everything, but we can stand together as people of faith.
What an opportunity to live by faith while serving my community and the nation. This freedom declares that I will not be deprived of these fundamental rights, including the right to freedom of religion and free speech and the due process of law. People of faith are oppressed, jailed, ostracized, or killed in other countries due to the declaration of their faith and the desire to worship.  We are fortunate as a people and a nation! Thank God for this freedom.

-Dell Barnes
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My most cherished freedom is being able to enjoy the liberties as set forth by our founding fathers. Yes, we have made mistakes, but we have come a long way. Peace and love are the answer.

- Gloria Hernandez
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Wow - so many are cherished, but if only one can be listed, I'd say Freedom of Speech.

-Eileen Spadea
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Freedom to work hard to excel to your highest level to fulfill your dreams. 
 
-Rich Lehman
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The freedom of speech is my most cherished freedom.  It's so important to know I can express my opinion about anything, and know that I won't be arrested or admonished, and that listening to everyone's free speech opinions is how I learn and grow everyday.
 
-Teri Nichols
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My most cherished freedom is the freedom to worship our Heavenly Father as we please.
-Norma Keith
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Freedom of Speech. 
-James Fuller
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Freedom of Assembly.  Our right to march, demonstrate and protest policies of our government.
 
Freedom of speech, our right to express our opinions without fear of reprisal or constraint.
 
Due process in our country is a sacred and protected right.
 
Despite those freedoms, our political process is not free.  Big money, corporate money, special interest money own and control our government.  They are the government in America.
 
The two major political parties in  America, the Republicans and Democrats, are corrupted and bought out.  They gerrymander districts, they block minor parties from accessing the democratic process by
Imposing large candidate fees, impossible signature petition requirements, and set party and candidate registration dates that are designed to discourage and block the democratic process.
 
So while we have some cherished freedoms in our country, overall, we do not.  We have a cancer at the core, and over time will eat away the other freedoms.  Unless we become more democratic, we are
Destined to fail as a nation.

-Brian P. Moore

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