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Guest Editorial: Freedom is fragile

Norman Rockwell painted the Four Freedoms FDR mentioned in his 1941 State of the Union speech: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear.

Rockwell’s four paintings exude idealism and hope, but do we enjoy these freedoms today? Are Americans able to speak freely in our polarized society, choose to worship or not, live free from hunger and fear?

Do we have freedom of speech when peaceful protestors are confronted by violent counter-protestors and police? When objectors at school board meetings are shouted down by those who disagree?

Freedom of Worship is a fundamental American right. “Each according to the dictates of his own conscience,” is written boldly at the top of this painting. Do we welcome non-Christians or barely tolerate them?

Freedom from Want is depicted as a Thanksgiving dinner. The smiling family members are seated at a table, loaded with delicious food in festive array. Yet, many Americans are “food insecure” today.

The Freedom from Fear painting shows caring parents tucking their two sleepy children snug in their bed. The father is holding a newspaper with alarming headlines. He’s sheltering his family from the horrors.

Today we can’t protect children from school shootings. Asian elders, Black, and LGBTQ people are attacked on street corners. Rights of gun owners are allowed to infringe on our basic rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Something is terribly wrong in America! This is not progress! FDR’s Four Freedoms seem but a shattered dream. Where is the civility and decency we say we esteem?

Perhaps the Four Freedoms were never real, mere goals to pursue, reasons to fight in World War II. Let us continue to aim for them, nonetheless.

This guest editorial was written by Rosemary Lewallen.


  1. Rosemary Lewallen, nice try but if you want to write about who is under attack for their beliefs, start with CHRISTIANS. Christians are under attack by progressives and even more so following recent Supreme Court rulings.

    If you want to talk about trans being attacked on street corners, please share which street corners. The primary attacks against trans are verbal and centered on their going into schools and trying to groom young children that this is an acceptable lifestyle. Go ahead and live as trans, but please don’t push this lifestyle on little children who are too young to understand their own sexuality.

    There ARE attacks on street corners – men and women in law enforcement are being attacked. On this July Fourth, I say THANK GOD FOR OUR DEDICATED POLICE OFFICERS AND GOD BLESS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

    1. OK MB. Let’s talk about Law Enforcement, specifically in the great state of Texas. Like the entire police department that sat outside the school in Uvalde for over an hour while children and their teachers were being slaughtered by your precious 2nd Amendment. Now the “law enforcers” are blaming everyone except themselves. The US Border Patrol had to take action and in a place over 100 miles from the border. The same law enforcement that let an escaped convict roam the great state of Texas for weeks and that person did more killing before being caught. You want to groom children not to think for themselves and just follow what the masters want them to.

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