Free…Let’s Stay That Way

Our thoughts this week are to be on living in a free nation, and, yes, I am glad of it. In last year’s post. [ Now, It’s ‘Independence Day’ To Me posted on July 6, 2012]
I talked about how I had not paid much attention to what Independence Day meant and how the American Revolution was brought to reality for me when I read Cokie Roberts’ book, “Founding Mothers”. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to know the whys and wherefores, the sacrifices and the reason they felt it all justified; to go to such measures to be independent. Spoiler Alert: It had very little to do with just the tax on tea.

In this year’s post I need to speak for my conscience’s sake. I have to say that I admire the Revolutionaries, those who have kept our freedoms and especially the people of my parent’s generation, those who pulled together and made it through WWII. Our Hound, Jeff Salter, has a new novel,“Called To Arms Again” out that brings some of that generation’s sacrifices to light, [see yesterday’s post], and there are many more that were made every day; no family was left untouched. I fear that few people know what the country went through in those years, and I fear that even fewer know how close we are to losing our freedom in many ways. Laws have been passed and measures taken that have removed some safety measures that ensure our freedoms. They have not been used much; many claim that it is for our protection, but our country and much of the world has relied on the same rights outlined in the Magna Carta, (The Great Charter), since the year 1215 A.D. We need to keep those rights.
We need to be aware and make sure that our lawmakers are also aware. Many bills are signed and passed that have measures in them that no member of Congress has time to read, and may not realize that the provisions may well be used against citizens. I don’t think any one party, any one person, is responsible or if they even expect the safe-guards of freedom, which CAN be removed, to actually BE removed. Still, we must all keep our eyes open.
In thinking of the freedom that we have in the U.S.A., two movie scenes come to my mind. One is from the movie “Dr.Zhivago”. Dr. Z comes back home after being conscripted during the Russian revolution to find his family mansion taken over and his family forced into a couple of unheated rooms.(For those of you not familiar with the book, “Dr.Zhivago”, it is much more political than the movie. It shows a much harsher reality. It is NOT a love story between the doctor and Lara. He loves his wife; he in infatuated with Lara. He never tries to find Lara even when he can and later lives with a young woman who has a couple of children by him. The poems as the author, Boris Pasternak, wrote in the style of Dr.Zhivago are good. I like Boris Pasternak’s other poetry better.) Their country was turned upside-down in short order. True, there were terrible inequalities in their society, but there had to have been a better way to help the wronged instead of wronging everyone.
The other scene also deals with Russians. In “The Hunt For Red October”, Sean Connery’s Russian submarine captain-character is talking to Sam Neill’s exec.-officer’s–character about what they want to do when they get to America. Neill’s character says he’d like to live in Montana, then asks if they would they let him live in Montana. Connery’s captain says that he thinks he can go anywhere he wants to in America; the officer then relishes the thought…and adds that he also wants a fat American wife and a Winebago. How little thought we give to being able to move where we like  and if we have the money, to buy a Winnebago…and pick whatever shape of spouse we’d like.

May we continue to be the free-est country in the world. May we never take any of it for granted. And may we always find peaceful ways to encourage freedom in rest the world.


About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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11 Responses to Free…Let’s Stay That Way

  1. jeff7salter says:

    Thanks for mentioning my recent novel, Called to Arms Again, Tonette.
    It’s my hope that the word will be spread about this story since it’s a loving tribute to the Greatest Generation.
    I also love that scene from Red October … and how amazed Sam Neill is that people in America can travel “without papers” and live where they want to.
    Yes, our nation has been richly blessed. Unfortunately too many have very short memories and very little sense of history. Freedoms, though hard won, can be too easily lost again.


  2. You’re welcome, Jeff.
    I have been jotting down what I remember hearing from my parents regarding WWII and all that happened to every person.I hope you and others get more out and let the younger generations get a clue.
    I’m reading a book about the WASPs and Britain’s ATA, mostly concerning the women pilots’ wartime efforts.It is fascinating.The American women were not given enough credit; in fact, no benefits for injuries and , believe it or not, if killed, their families had to pay for their return and burial.The British gave theirs full rank, privileges and medals/awards. Huge discrepancy.


    • jeff7salter says:

      Women in the American military services — in a huge variety of roles — as well as those in the civilian ‘auxillary’ programs worked very hard, in very difficult circumstances and settings, often in danger, and typically under-appreciated (including their low compensation).
      I was not aware that the British were any better I that regard, but am glad to learn of it.


      • Yes, Jeff, they really were. I have been reading a great deal about women in war situations, esp. since I was mistaken for a woman veteran a couple of years ago at a military hospital.They were trying to get the women vets into care.What I learned was that there were vast numbers of women in Viet Nam, not just nurses, but clerks, statisticians, etc. and ‘moral personnel’, who were all in stressful if not dangerous situations…and most women never talk about it.Many of their families do not even know they were there.It was less than 10 years ago that they were allowed “Veteran” status. It is a crime in our society the way veterans are treated.


  3. pjharjo says:

    I loved your blog on Freedom, Tonette! You gave it such depth with the interweaving of those two movies!



  4. Thank you,Janette; glad you came in. I love movies almost as much as I do books!


  5. Sharmishtha says:

    I have not seen Dr. Zhivago, may be I will keep an eye open for it!


    • Many Americans and Europeans think it is a wonderful love story, Sharmishtha.The movie has some very good performances in it,(particularly by Rod Steiger). The sets and scenery are beautiful and the theme song was a huge hit…it was played and played.
      However.,it does not do justice to the ideal, idea and the intentions of the book’s author, Boris Pasternak.
      See it, though.You would probably enjoy it.


  6. Iris B says:

    Well said, Tonette. I hope you had a great “independence day” !


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