The Price of Our Freedom

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Empathy Surplus Project

George LakoffRepublished with permission from the author, George Lakoff, from his Little Blue Blog, December 17, 2012

“Are we prepared to say that such violence visited on our children year after year after year is somehow the price of our freedom? “— Barack Obama, Newtown Address, December 16, 2012

That sentence, uttered by President Obama in his Newtown Address, may turn out to be a turning point in American history. The president, in one sentence, turned the beautiful faces of the 20 first-grade children murdered brutally by assault weapons into the moral measure of our nation. Conservatives have argued that guns = freedom, and that there should be no limit on such freedom. The president trumped their argument: The price of not protecting the nations’ children is too high. Permitting the mass murder of our children is not freedom.

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