“Support Freedom”

Hello, Earthlings! Today is day twelve of Vlog Every Day April,
and you are watching Adam the Alien. Back when I was in college, I spent a lot
of time at this bus stop in a little small town near here. And every time I was there, across the street
there would be this white SUV parked there. it had these bumper stickers that, to this
day, I find myself dwelling on. The first of the bumper stickers was a bumper
sticker supporting the one man, one woman Oregon constitutional amendment that was being
proposed at the time. It unfortunately passed. Although thankfully, years later, it was struck
down. Thank God. Paired with it, however, was a military bumper
sticker that said, “Support Freedom”. And to this day, I don’t understand how the
owner of that vehicle couldn’t see how contradictory those two bumper stickers were. Something that consistently confuses me is
how people can talk about how much they support freedom, and how America is freedom, and how
everything is freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom! But then turn around and say, “Oh, but you
can’t do that, you can’t do THAT, you can’t do that, you can’t do that, you can’t do that,
you CAN’T do that, you can’t do that, you can’t BE that, you can’t marry that person,
you can’t wear what you want, live how you want, or be who you want.” Now, obviously, in a society we can’t just
do anything we want. After all, some people want to kill people,
and we…we just can’t let that happen rampantly. Obviously. And we have to be mindful of the way in which
our actions affect other people’s lives. That’s all true. However! When something does not affect someone else’s
life, why…WHY would anyone care about it? I don’t understand that. Now obviously, as a queer person I have a
lot of thoughts about being allowed to live my life freely and unharassed, but it goes
so far beyond that. I just don’t get why people are so concerned
with how other people are living their lives when what they’re doing is harmless. And you can bring up religion, but I just
don’t think that’s a good enough excuse. I was raised Christian. I still AM Christian. And I don’t get how people can take Christianity
and use it as something to bash people over the heads with, with hate, and anger, and
conformity. And as much as I try to understand people
who live and think differently from myself, I admit that might be a mindset I hope I *don’t*
ever fully understand. Because maybe to fully understand it, you
have to believe it’s right? And…and I don’t. I just don’t. It has been many, many years since I last
saw that white SUV and its conflicting bumper stickers. And I can only hope that in that time, the
owner has learned something about what freedom actually means. Because it does not mean “you are free to
live like me.” It means “you are free to live in a way which
makes you happy, so long as it does not hurt others.” Anyway, those are my thoughts on freedom…and
what it means. Something I find myself dwelling on often,
and more and more as I hear more and more people shouting about how they want their
freedom and their great America when no one can tell me what that means. So what does freedom mean to you? Let me know in the comments. Until next time, I’m Adam the Alien. Fare thee well. See y’all tomorrow!

5 thoughts on ““Support Freedom”

  • I grew up in a family that was okay with living how you want. I had really close (and lived close by) relatives that lived how they wanted. I had two uncles growing up and one was by marriage to my blood uncle. So in my teen years I moved to Cape Cod and was still barely a teenager when a male friend asked me to go with him and his mother to Provincetown. He didn't want to go alone because he was afraid of getting hit on. I chuckled under my breath and went because I hadn't been there yet and thought it would be fun.

    He went into a store with his mother and I sat on the steps outside just people watching while they were in there. I saw these two drop dead ( and drop jaw) gorgeous guys walking down the street. They turned a corner to an alley between buildings and one pushed the other against the wall gently. They started kissing. That visual is seared into my brain. I was heartbroken to realize neither of those men would ever be on my dance card. 😛 I was not angry nor had any hatred. I thought back to my uncle and his husband. I silently wished both of those men found the one they were meant to be with as my uncle had and that they would have as many happy years together. 😀 Also that their family would be accepting as my uncle's also was.

    – Heidi

  • I have spent nearly half my life traveling all over this world and I would say America is about as free as it gets..You should be fortunate to live in a country thats still free.

  • It’s so sad how many people there are of that white SUV ilk who fancy themselves to be true Americans and true Christians. But judging from your videos, I’d say that you, sir, are a true Christian and a true American. Or at least, you expressed such values in this video.

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