FREEDOM ISN’T FREE: IT COSTS AT LEAST $5 MILLION
You’ve all heard the expression “freedom isn’t free”. What you might not understand is the real meaning of the phrase:freedom costs money. There is no time in history when this has been more clear than today.
Example #1: If you are a good conservative, you know that “freedom” means your freedom to not live in a world where gay people whom you don’t know and have never met are absolutely not allowed to get married, because that would destroy your marriage in some way.
How much does this freedom cost? $1.5 million, so far… and sadly, you still don’t have the freedom to live in a country without gay marriage. But don’t worry, I’m sure John Boehner and the Republicans will keep spending money to protect your freedom to make sure gay people don’t marry.
Example #2: If you are a good conservative, you know that “freedom” means your freedom to make sure that voting is more difficult for people you don’t like. Students who live most of their lives away from their home residences, and poor people who can’t afford fees and transportation costs to acquire ID, probably don’t agree with anything you believe, so you should be free from the worry that they will be allowed to vote.
How much does this freedom cost? $3.5 million, so far, and that’s just in one state. Other states also have lawsuitsin the works, which will also cost more money. But they are protecting your right to stop people you don’t like from voting. That’s freedom.
Example #3: If you are a good conservative, you know that “freedom” means you freedom to not have any coal mines, fertilizer plants, factories, or other businesses regulated in any way. And even if the saw says that they “must” be regulated, conservatives know that these laws shouldn’t really be enforced. That might cause paperwork and other nasty stuff. Clearly, regulation is anti-freedom.
How much does this freedom cost? When a fertilizer plan explodes because it didn’t heed national safety regulations, it kills 14 people, injures 75, and destroys the entire factory and surrounding buildings. It’s hard to say exactly how much the dollar value amounts to….
…..but if you’re a good conservative, you know it’s a small price to pay for freedom.