I Have Tasted Freedom

by SweetGeekGoddess

(c) July 2013

“It takes no compromising to give people their rights. It takes no money to respect the individual. It takes no survey to remove repressions.”

Harvey Milk, in a 1973 speech during his first unsuccessful run for supervisor

It’s another 4th of July and I like other Americans across the USA are gathering with family and friends to burn some meat slug a few beers and to shoot off a few fireworks.   I don’t know why this year is different for me, but it is.  I suppose its being more politically aware than I ever been before.   I have friends who were part of the Occupy Salt Lake City movement,  I watch as women in Texas stand in protest for the right to control their bodies and  at last we have the Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act.

I am  more aware than ever before,  that our right to freedom, our right to independence  are battles fought everyday by everyday people; people like you, people like me.  Everyday, I make choices that can make a difference.  When I heard that DOMA had at last been overturned I cried.  I cried for my family and friends who can taste the freedom that I have always enjoyed.  So today as I celebrate independence day,  I am going to lift my beer bottle high and I am going to truly celebrate. This year with heartfelt intent I’m going to  give a toast for the filibusters, the occupiers and the activists who make my freedom possible.

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