The Price of Freedom

2020 December 29
by justrand

[updated from a long ago post]

Up until 1949, when you taught a kid to ride a bike someone (typically a Dad, at that point in time) had to run alongside the bike and steady it to keep the child from falling over until they got the hang of it. Then, in 1949, the Huffy bike company introduced training-wheels. This invention allowed kids to ride around without a parent huffing and puffing beside them, and thus the child eased into the techniques required to ride their bicycle. The illusion of freedom for the child, and freedom from running after the bike for the parent.

At some point the child would typically wise up to the “illusion of freedom” the training wheels provided: with them on you can’t go fast, and you can’t go many places. But if a child was overly fearful and didn’t eventually chafe against the restriction of the training-wheels, it would be up to a parent to suggest removing the wheels. However it happened, the wheels would come off…and the child would eventually fall and skin a knee or elbow. Reality.

But the only way to learn to balance the bike and go those places you can’t go with training-wheels on, is to remove the training-wheels. That is also reality. And in addition to learning to operate the bike, they (hopefully) learned to take at least some responsibility for their actions: jumping a curb might result in a crash, leaving it unsafely unattended might get it stolen…etc.

Now consider that “Progressives” are DEMANDING “training-wheels”. Ok, they don’t call them that…but it is the intent. Some of the “training-wheel” demands:

  • Forgive my student loan!” (“I take NO responsibility for the decision to go to an over-priced school, waste 5 years of my life, and get nothing of tangible value for it! And I’m not going to blame the over-priced school that valued ‘social agitation’ over education…It’s AMERICAS fault!”)
  • Guarantee everyone food and shelter for life!” (People shouldn’t have to do icky “work” just so they can eat and have shelter. Blame CAPITALISM!)
  • “Other people” have more STUFF than me! Doesn’t matter that they WORKED for it…I deserve some of it!
  • Etc…

In other words: don’t hold people accountable for their actions, guarantee that no one fails, and make it damn near impossible for someone to fall down and skin their knee or elbow. i.e.: Training-Wheels!

As a child, the illusion of freedom that the training-wheels bring, only becomes TRUE freedom when those wheels are removed. And with that true freedom comes the reality of cuts, scrapes and bruises. It is a tradeoff that is, or was, at the heart of our country. You are guaranteed the right to “pursue happiness”…but it’s up to you to catch it, and along the way you’re liable to get a few cuts, scrapes and bruises.

Most of the people demanding all this are simply pawns…destined to be the future proletariat if the Ruling Elite have their way.  For Marxism allows for only two classes: Rulers & Proletariat; you are one or the other.  If you are the Proletariat then you get training-wheels…and they NEVER come off!

The Price of Freedom is accepting the risk of taking the “training wheels” off…and accepting the inevitable cuts, scrapes and bruises that result.  It’s not “progress” to want the “training wheels” RE-installed…so why are they called “Progressives”??

38 Responses leave one →
  1. 2020 December 29 3:33 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    Safe Places == Training Wheels
    Coloring Books == Responsibility Avoidance

    both all the rage on college campuses.

  2. 2020 December 29 3:51 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Excellent piece, JR.

  3. 2020 December 29 7:51 pm

    Thank goodness we didn’t have OSHA around when we moved out with the conestoga wagons, otherwise we would all be crammed into enclaves east of the miss/missouri rivers.

  4. 2020 December 30 6:15 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Worse there IP. There would be infighting between OSHA and DOT as to whom has original jurisdiction. St. Louis would look like a Seattle indigent camp. 🙂

  5. 2020 December 30 7:12 am
    drdog09 permalink

  6. 2020 December 30 7:17 am
    justrand permalink

    If the media were merely incompetent I could “forgive” them…but they are NOT merely incompetent, they were COMPLICIT in the theft of the 2020 election, and COMPLICIT in trying to foist Socialism and Totalitarianism onto this country.

    A ‘Battle of Athens’ style uprising looks more and more like the only way to fight back.

  7. 2020 December 30 7:42 am
    JimNorCal permalink

    “A ‘Battle of Athens’ style uprising ….”

    I would think that target selection is the most important thing.
    People hearing the news need to go “well, that makes sense” even when reported by antagonistic media.

  8. 2020 December 30 8:20 am
    justrand permalink

    A lot of “conspiracy theory” stuff at the link…dunno how much is worthless. BUT the Agenda 21 “goal” of de-populating the Earth by 95% is real, as is their “Sustainable Growth” initiative which has a goal of controlling EVERY aspect of human life, including reproduction.,name%20for%20it%20is%20“Sustainable%20Development%20%28CSD%29%20“.

  9. 2020 December 30 8:32 am
    justrand permalink

    An excellent article…depressing though realistic. But as to the author’s question (“How much longer and the American people be silenced?), the answer is: “INDEFINATELY!

  10. 2020 December 30 8:42 am
    drdog09 permalink


    Well they will try. But then there is this — — Will become more and more widespread.

  11. 2020 December 30 10:28 am
    drdog09 permalink

  12. 2020 December 30 11:11 am
    gnqanq permalink

    JR – #12 – don’t know on certain conspiracies. But I do know the following.

    Ephesians 6:12

    For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

    I first heard of Agenda 21 in the mid 90’s. In the early 2000’s I heard of America 2030 and later America 2050. The Georgia guide stones goes back to the 1980’s. Talk of any of this or other items, you are called a nutter. CFR or Tri Lateral Commission – again nutter. They tell you in their own literature. I remember back in the 70’s coming across a book that talked a little about Lucius Trust (and how it was Lucifer Trust back at the turn of the century- which I documented at the time).

    There is more, but as I told a friend one day – “There are things I believe to my core that I will not discuss in public.” Nutter would be an understatement.

    But go back to Ephesians. This is a struggle in the unseen world between God (good) and Satan (evil). The powers to be and us are pawns in this struggle.

    Just member who wins and who loses.

    As I told my family and those I work with – what is the worst that can happen to me – I die. To die is to gain, to be in the presence of the Lord. Win win for me.

    Philippians 1: 21-24

    For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better;

    As a minister once said, “If God leads you to it, he will see you through it.”

    Stay the course, God has this. We are going to be amazed when this is done.

  13. 2020 December 30 11:51 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Here is the best video I have found that explains what’s going on biblically and how all the riots, fake pandemic, and election fraud tie in with the Beast/Anti-Christ’s attempt at implementing a “Transhuman – Slave Word” vs “God-Image – Free World” in Christ

    Yes, we know who will win, but it’s great to see how current events are playing out in that bigger picture of how that is unfolding:

    The solution is always Christ. Preach the Gospel of Christ in all seasons!

  14. 2020 December 30 11:52 am
    bc3b permalink

  15. 2020 December 30 11:56 am
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #16 More likely bad PCR test…..

    Again, even DR Evil Fauci said that any tests run over 30 cycles are false positives… the US the FDA has instructed labs to run 45 cycels for COVID

    Also, the PCR test doesn’t detect “COVID 19” as in a specific virus but ONLY tells you that you have present a portion of RNA from a virus in the CoronaVirus family of common colds!

    That’s why if you go to the CDC WWW site it says a “positive” PCR test means: “You may have COVID 19 or another Coronavirus which is the virus that causes the common cold”

    In short, the virus is a scam and the vaccine is bogus….a way to implement chemical control of the human race…..don’t take it!

  16. 2020 December 30 12:00 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #16 Also fake news to keep you in fear and to justify the “Mask-or-become-a-pariah” campaign……all the cable news talking heads “medical experts” keep saying that we have to keep locking-down & masking up……FOREVER

    We must live in a police state because a 99.9999999999999999% survival rate is not enough!

  17. 2020 December 30 12:06 pm
    drdog09 permalink

    What goes for Prog ‘compassion’ — — the perp could not even wait an hour….

  18. 2020 December 30 12:15 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Indeed. People are such sheep. Few have put 2 and 2 together to realize that CoVid like any virus (aka the common flu) will have variants. Its those variants that make Pharma have to come up with different formulations every year. It will be the same with CoVid. So unless people drop their damn Karen attitude, embrace the CoVid and become part of the herd this will go on forever. For the elder generation it will go on forever I am afraid.

    And now for some real conspiracy stuff. If you were a leader and you look at your population pyramid and KNEW that in a decade you would not be able to cover the social net you had constructed because of all the damn old folks. What would you do? Accept the outcome and just be out of office before then or maybe some other solution? Hey maybe a ‘bug’ that only kills old people. Cuts them down about the time they would start to collect. Would somebody be that diabolical?

    Well guess what? There is such a country. A one party political state. Due to ‘one child policy’ the younger generations are under represented to cover the social costs. They have too many damn old people as a result. That country is China. But are they that diabolical to use that as a solution? I leave it to you to decide.

  19. 2020 December 30 12:16 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #22 Yep, there is no compassion in the Prog world because the individual doesn’t exist……it’s all about the great abstract idea of the “common good”

    In the collectivist/communist mind, people are just “natural resources” to be “sustainably managed” efficiently by the big machine of the state

  20. 2020 December 30 12:22 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #24 Yes, I have encountered elderly who have refused to leave their houses for months and what the whole world “locked down” forever……only grocery stores open

    They think as long as I get the retirement check, food & medicine will magically appear on the shelves without anybody working to make it……

    Notice how the people with “government guaranteed income” i.e. govt workers, politicians, police, military, retirees, etc haven’t lost one paycheck?

    They are your “lockdown/mask up” supporters…..

    Meanwhile, small business is being crushed and big business is being bailed out….by the small businesses being crushed!

  21. 2020 December 30 12:23 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #24 We all know the answer there methinks….

  22. 2020 December 30 12:24 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Two can play that game of course!

    [Interviewer] How many people have you killed?
    [Sniper] People? I don’t know. Communists, I stopped counting at 200. But they are not people, they are property of the State.

    That is my answer.

  23. 2020 December 30 12:40 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    #28 Yes, we all know from the BLM rioters its okay to “destroy property” if we are mad……just the correct property needs to be destroyed: the communist state’s!

  24. 2020 December 30 1:16 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    A woman in the UK was arrested by police after she filmed a video inside a completely empty hospital and posted it online.


    You’ll love Communism

  25. 2020 December 30 2:53 pm
    bc3b permalink

    Dawn Wells (Maryann) dies, leaving Tina Louise the only living member of the Gilligan’s Island cast:

  26. 2020 December 30 3:15 pm
    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    This is a “must read” – spot on!

    “Mike from Michigan writes,

    An Oregon beauty-salon owner is suing Gov. Kate Brown and other state officials for $100,000 after they “engaged in a course of conduct intended to harass, intimidate, extort and bully [her] into complying with” Brown’s unconstitutional lockdown orders. After she reopened while the orders were still in effect, they threatened her with fines and the loss of her lease and license. They even sicced Child Protective Services on her. All this despite the fact that not one client of hers has come down with the dreaded virus.

    The lawsuit itself is outstanding. It doesn’t seek permission from the state for the salon to remain open. It declares Brown has no authority to issue her orders. And it minces no words when describing officials’ despicable actions and their utter disdain for the people whose lives they have ruined. Here are some samples:

    The sudden, irrational, draconian, and irresponsible orders from the Defendant state of Oregon caused many people to lose their jobs, their careers and their small businesses. For many Oregonians, in an instant, their source of support and ability to provide for their families was eviscerated by an [sic] callous and unsympathetic bureaucracy.

    Defendant state of Oregon, and in particular Defendant Kate Brown, claimed the orders were necessary to protect the public’s health, safety and welfare. In fact, by shutting down private businesses, which in turn caused Oregonians to lose their jobs and their ability to support their families, caused greater negative health effects on Oregonians in the form of increased stress, anxiety and depression. Oregonians who do not live off the public dole (like the individually named defendants)

    Go ahead: STAND UP AND CHEER!

    were suddenly forced to worry about how they would support themselves and their loved ones, Oregonians were forced into this position by the very government bureaucracy that feeds off the productivity of Oregonians.

    Is that another roar of approval I hear?!

    While private business owners and their employees were forced to struggle through the government’s draconian edicts, the individual defendants named in this action remained comfortable, collecting a paycheck on the backs of the very people who were losing their jobs, careers and businesses. Defendant Kate Brown even lives in a mansion paid for by the taxpayers of Oregon, at a time when thousands of Oregonians are unable to make rent or mortgage payments.

    Love it, love it, love it!!!!

    The repugnant nature of this conflict should not be lost on anyone.

    The conduct of the Defendants, individually and collectively, alleged below, is beyond reprehensible. The conduct of the Defendants represents the absolute worst abuses of power one could possibly imagine. Even George Orwell would be shocked and appalled at the Defendants’ conduct.

    But boy, would Orwell love this lawyer and his client!

    The government has used the fear of pandemic as an excuse to trample on the rights of Oregonians over the last several of months.… If the government can avoid the “inconvenience” of respecting the constitutional rights of individuals by simply declaring the existence of a “public health emergency”, then the rights guaranteed by the United States and Oregon Constitutions are nothing more than wasted ink on an old piece of paper.

    Because Defendant Kate Brown and the other individually named defendants do not have to worry about losing their inability

    So subtle and yet so powerful!

    to provide for themselves and their families, they have developed a callous disregard and contempt for individuals like Graham and businesses like Glamour who, for six weeks, were practically begging for “permission” from Defendant Kate Brown to re-open so they could take care of themselves and their families.

    The fact that Defendant Kate Brown would refer to Graham’s actions intended to help Graham provide for her family as “unfortunate” and “irresponsible” shows exactly how much disdain career government employees like Defendant Kate Brown have for people like Graham who need to provide for their families.

    The individual Defendants’ conduct described above far exceeds any limit of socially tolerable behavior. The individual Defendants took part in a scheme, whether they were aware of the other participants or not, which constituted abuse of public office, in violation of ORS 162.415. The individual Defendants were acting towards one goal – silencing Graham – and they undertook whatever means necessary to threaten, intimidate and terrorize Graham

    The individual Defendants, any one of them, could have stopped the persecution of Graham, but not a single person stepped in to do the right thing.

    Mike breathlessly adds,

    It truly is a thing of beauty. Even though taxpayers will take a hit once more if the plaintiff prevails, it’s probably a small price to pay to put these tyrants in their place.”

  27. 2020 December 30 3:46 pm
    drdog09 permalink

  28. 2020 December 30 4:05 pm
    drdog09 permalink


    Well Damn! Next you will tell me Barbara Eden passes away.

  29. 2020 December 30 6:49 pm

    20 – That’s what I was thinking, not to mention that don’t most vaccinations actually take a few weeks post-vaccination before being fully effective?

    ” he went to a drive-up hospital testing site and tested positive for COVID-19″ – low quality test.
    “”We know from the vaccine clinical trials that it’s going to take about 10 to 14 days for you to start to develop protection from the vaccine,” said Dr. Ramers.” — she was certainly under that timeline.

    24 – All mentioned by many, including many here way back in February.

    33 – Nobody seems to care, but yet they want me so now care to vote, fk’em.

    Worst year ever, not even close, not even in the last century – that said it might be up there for the “worst self-imposed year” in the last 50.

  30. 2020 December 30 7:30 pm
    justrand permalink

    KH: “Worst year ever, not even close, not even in the last century”

    Assuming Biden* is installed in basement of the White House, you may start looking back on 2020 FONDLY!

    Yup, 2020 was just the warm-up act for the Shit-Storm…it’s time for the SHIT-STORM. Enjoy 🙂

  31. 2020 December 30 7:55 pm
    mpt permalink

    Justrand, a great essay. It seems very consistent with the phenomena of adolescence now moving from the early teens to what now seems to be the late twenties. As far as I can tell, here in the SF Bay Area at least, very few people under 30 are looking to find a reliable spouse, get married, purchase a home, and start planning a family. Reflecting back on my life, finding my wife and getting married in my 20’s made a world of difference with regards to adding stability and prosperity to my life versus my siblings who eschewed a more traditional path in life. It also allowed a lot more stability for when children entered the picture in my early 30’s.

  32. 2020 December 30 9:55 pm

    The Census Bureau plans to announce it will miss a year-end deadline for handing in numbers used for divvying up congressional seats.

    That delay could undermine President Donald Trump’s efforts to exclude people in the country illegally from the count if the figures aren’t turned in before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.

    It will be the first time that the Dec. 31 target date is missed since the deadline was implemented more than four decades ago by Congress.

    Corrupted to the core.

    36 – I agree.

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