Skip to comments.NBC Opinion: Michigan coronavirus protesters shout 'liberty!' -- as right-wing rhetoric weaponizes freedom
Posted on 05/14/2020 3:05:24 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
What is the difference between liberty and freedom in the eyes of many Americans?
And therein lies not only the problem driving the culture war around coronavirus shelter-in-place orders but also arguably the crux of all fronts of America's culture wars, from guns to religion to speech to - now, it seems - haircuts.
It is a slippage skillfully leveraged by conservatives.
This week in Michigan, armed protesters are heeding the call. But the petulant rallying cries echo across the United States.
"Give me liberty or give me death!" - so goes the universal whine, lifted from Patrick Henry's Virginia Convention speech in 1775.
My fellow Americans, liberty does not mean what you think it means.
Liberty is a type of freedom defined and limited by civil society. It is not an unrestrained, unchecked license to do whatever one desires. Rather, liberty is a right constituted by the society - or, here, nation - one lives in.
Data show that people of color are suffering higher rates of COVID-19 infection and mortality than white people. Data also show that pandemic protesters are largely right-wing white people. It does not take a genius to comprehend how the language of freedom and liberty has been weaponized against black and brown communities in America.
But language matters. Instead of indiscriminately crying "freedom!" or "liberty!" to defend one's assumed right to offend or harm, what might happen if we were to understand liberty as a freedom existing and expressed alongside the freedom of all Americans? Liberty as a type of freedom that holds us accountable for the welfare of the nation and all its people? Might we, then, form a more perfect union?
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Marcie Bianco is a writer and editor living in California. She is columnist at the Womens Media Center, and her writing can be found online and in print at outlets like NBC Think, Pacific Standard, Quartz, Rolling Stone, Salon, Vanity Fair and Vox.
Give it a rest NBC. You guys are such shitheads and America is damn sick and tired of your crap.
Look at the banner on her Twitter page. You can't miss it:
Send her to her buddy Stalin’s gulag.
Her resume is a pretty all encompassing list of Lefty rags.
It’s clear she has never spent one day in the state of Michigan.
Of course, I disagree.
And now they seem to define "Liberty" as Oppression in which they force us to do their bidding:
Liberty as a type of freedom that holds us accountable for the welfare of the nation and all its people?
So, to them, I guess Liberty is about taking stuff from those who have it, and Freedom is about giving stuff to people whose votes need to be bought.
“Weaponizing freedom” I don’t even know how to respond to that.
Liberty derives from men and governments. Hmmm. Don't think so. But I mean, who am I to contradict her? After all - she's a writer.
"Liberty is a type of freedom defined and limited by civil society. It is not an unrestrained, unchecked license to do whatever one desires. Rather, liberty is a right constituted by the society - or, here, nation - one lives in.
Americans do not believe or accept that Liberty is defined by and granted by our society or nation. As eloquently and definitively stated in the American Declaration of Independence, liberty is an unalienable right endowed by our creator. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
Data show that people of color are suffering higher rates of COVID-19 infection and mortality than white people. Data also show that pandemic protesters are largely right-wing white people. It does not take a genius to comprehend how the language of freedom and liberty has been weaponized against black and brown communities in America."
First, 'people of color' is a ridiculous phrase that is designed to create divisions. We all have 'color' (this woman is blonde, and clearly her face has 'color' - per the picture posted). That said, people wanting to open their businesses so that they can make a living, provide for their families, and have some stability in their lives is not an act of prejudice or racism. That's patently absurd, and irresponsible to write or suggest. There are plenty of hard working enterprising 'people of color' who are suffering because the businesses they own, or that they work for, are shut down. Collapsing the economy affects everyone to varying degrees - (although it doesn't seem to keep Pelosi from stocking her high-end refrigerator/freezer with ice cream).
Second, most of the Covid associated deaths in the US have been in a few states, and generally from the urban areas of those states. Those urban areas generally have more African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians (who arguably have more travel connections to the original outbreak in China) than other areas of the nation. 'Whites' are a minority in NYC (~42.7% in 2019). We should be looking at why any communities have increased rates of Covid infection, or increased mortality rates. We shouldn't, however, try to drive a wedge between people of different backgrounds during every hardship our nation is faced with. That's harmful to all, and extremely irresponsible.
This is not the Founders’ view of liberty.
You know, the left is absolutely obsessed with this barber/salon thing. Hairstylists are like modern day Einsatzgruppen to them.
I can’t believe she gets paid to write, the title and first sentence is so bad it would be all red penned by any English teacher!
Talk about a despotic bitch
She doesnt see the powers of government is limited.
She sees that the government has the power to limit your freedoms Regardless of what the founding documents say your rights are.
>>But language matters. Instead of indiscriminately crying “freedom!” or “liberty!” to defend one’s assumed right to offend or harm, what might happen if we were to understand liberty as a freedom existing and expressed alongside the freedom of all Americans?
This is an admission that the left is wrong on abortion, because you are killing another person youre denying their freedom and their right to life
Liberty is a type of freedom defined and limited by civil society.
Freedom is Slavery
All of which means that negro people are genetically unsuited to a non African habitat. Genetically it would seem some people of color are not suited to a habitat out of Africa
Funny how the words ‘freedom’ and ‘liberty’ instantly trigger the Left.
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