noun, plural liberties.
1.freedom from arbitrary or despotic government or control.
2.freedom from external or foreign rule; independence.
3.freedom from control, interference, obligation, restriction, hampering conditions, etc.; power or right of doing, thinking, speaking, etc., according to choice.
First let me say that I do not get to visit with my siblings as often as I would like to, so when we do get together I visit so hard I wear myself out!
It's almost inevitable that a family of 7 siblings with 17 in the next generation and 23 (and counting!) in the NEXT generation will have different political views. There were a few civil political debates during this weekend reunion, and although it is beyond my comprehension how peoples' individual views can differ so greatly, I'm glad for the diversity.
How can one point of view appear so obviously correct to one person and the opposite seem equally valid to another? This is a great mystery to me. On the flight home I was left baffled by this.
Sadly, some families are irreparably divided on political issues, and I'm glad that mine can participate in lively debates without any divisive discord. Admittedly, there were times I just wanted to throw my hands up in frustration but just having the opportunity to be in the presence of family outweighed that.
So I concluded that I'm tremendously thankful that we live in a country where we can have differing views and more importantly, openly express them.