Freedom of speech and religion. Freedom from oppression and exploitation. Equal treatment and opportunity. These things are not free. The people have to demand these things from their fellows, from their government, from their bosses, from corporations and from banks. It is this demand, whether through demonstrations, strikes, petitions, law suits or breaking unjust laws, that is the price of freedom. The price has been high; ridicule from the powers that be and their loyal sheep is the least of it. There are jobs lost, beatings, jailings and deaths. So thank a union member, an activist, even some lawyers. Don’t thank a soldier- because our freedom has nothing to do with invading far away lands for the benefit of giant corporations and banks to kill and terrorize their economically poor inhabitants.