As I reflect on our news media and culture of our world I am amazed at how we, here in the United States, seem to push the letter of the law regarding our “freedoms” to the utmost corners of the envelope. There are all kinds of stories in the news about the rights of people to be able to say what they want, to whomever they want and even to the slant they want, to make a point.
I’m not opposed to this. It’s a good thing and our Founding Fathers included this right as a law within the Bill of Rights. I wonder, however, if they realized the depth and length people would take this gift. It isn’t always done to the people’s good.
Delaware recently voted to allow for abortions to be carried out legally. While it’s legal to abort a perfectly viable unborn child, I also have the right to say how absolutely horrible I believe this law is. I am a woman and value my rights, but for me, in this case, it’s not about me and my rights…..it’s about the little person who has no voice. This small, live baby doesn’t get the chance to be born and grow into the person he was meant to be. His life was stolen because the law says it’s okay.
There are plenty of other points within our media and political system with which I completely disagree, and I can use my ‘political voice’ to share just how I feel about it. Usually I stand quiet, but my point is, I have the right to voice my opinion.
This is not true throughout our world. We are a unique nation where the people have a voice (at least in theory) who can share that voice with those in leadership roles. This is a remarkable gift many who choose to decry the wonders of our country, forget about.
We are far from perfect. We make mistakes; and that includes everyone! Each person in leadership roles, as well as, those who don’t, have an opinion about what is going on around them. We are given the right to voice those opinions, even if they aren’t the same as our neighbor. Are they right? Maybe; maybe not. But it’s our opinion! Sharing that opinion without fear is a gift! It is a freedom we often forget we have because it’s our lifestyle!
Those in leadership positions, however, do carry a heavier burden than those who are not in office. Their decisions, based on their opinions (and in theory, their constituents) affect not only themselves but other people, whether we agree or not. Even if it’s a bad decision (and sometimes it is), if it goes into law, we must obey. But, we have the right to say it’s a bad choice and then use the legal means available, to try to change the vote.
Are we always successful? No. Not even close! But we have to try. That’s my point. When we disagree with a law that’s been enacted, we have the right and the freedom to attempt to change things. I encourage you to search your conscience and your heart. Do you see laws being enacted with which you disagree? How do you respond? Do you use your “freedom” as a Unites States citizen, to voice your opinion and then attempt to change something, if it’s not a good policy?