By Chuck Jackson

This is what freedom is all about:
“… the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community against his will is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. He cannot rightfully be compelled to do or to forbear because it will be better for him to do so, because it will make him happier, because in the opinions of other to do so would be wise or even right. These are good reasons for remonstrating with him, or reasoning with him, or persuading him, or entreating him, but not for compelling him, or visiting him with any evil in case he do otherwise.”
--John Stuart Mill, On Liberty [1859]

  We live in a country where millions died for you and I to have freedom. One must always remember that freedom was and is not free; it was bought with blood.
  I am tired of the “elitist’s” trying to tell us what we can or cannot do. That blood that was shed for their freedom was also shed for ours. There are things in this life that we should or should not do; but with freedom to make choices comes the freedom to suffer the consequences.
  We the people are not getting, or else we are choosing to ignore the information given to make informed choices. If it is a matter of not getting the information to make an informed choice then this becomes an “educational” issue: (when people cannot read the information this is a schooling issue). If people are ignoring the information given to make an informed decision, they should be free to suffer the consequences. In some circles this is known as owning up to our responsibilities. Sometimes this is not pretty.
  Being a parent is more involved then making babies. Sometimes parents need to pay attention to what their kids are doing instead of abdicating responsibility (what a concept).
  Let’s take smoking for instance (which taxpayers subsidize). There has been a written warning on the side of each pack of cigarettes for over 30 years, with people fighting the cigarette industry over the health risks of smoking longer then that. If a person freely chooses to smoke because he or she wants to be “cool” or whatever, it is their problem because with freedom comes responsibility.
  If the 6th, 7th, 8th grader cannot read the warning on the pack of cigarettes we have an “educational” problem. If the person can read but chooses to ignore the warning it becomes their problem. FREEDOM IS NOT FREE.

  When a tobacco company official lies under oath this becomes a criminal act. FREEDOM DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO LIE!!
  Another one is the television, if you do not like the crap being dished out (mindless fodder) either change the channel or turn the idiot box off. Do something, quit whining.
  If a person on his or her own free will, goes out and has multiple sex partners after being informed that this sort of behavior could lead to problems (part of the educational issue) and comes down with a sexually infectious disease they should be free to suffer the consequences. Yes folks some lessons in life are more difficult then others. Again freedom has a price.
  A wise man named Paul Harvey often states that we cannot legislate morality. The morality issue is not the disease but rather the multiple sex partners. The consequences are the disease. If we want to change the moral standard (which was the Bible) the rest of us need to be informed.
  We can make good choices or we can make bad choices. The biggest problem facing this country is a clear definition as to which standard to use for morality. We seem to have thrown God out of our courthouses and also out of our schools. The court system seems to have the power and freedom to do that. I happen to believe tossing out God was a mistake and every day one can read about the consequences of our moral dilemma ripping at the fabric of this country. I am willing to listen to suggestions for standards of morality, although I prefer the Bible.
  Do not just blindly trust some preacher to tell you what the Bible says. Open the book and read it yourself. Why is it that people like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, Daniel Webster, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. just to name a few, could accept the Bible but many so called “intellectuals” can not?
  Yes this requires one to get off their duff and show some initiative. Freedom is not free it comes with responsibility.