Freedom isn't free
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"Freedom isn't free", "freedom is not free", or "freedom ain't free" is a popular American idiom, used widely in the United States to express gratitude to the military for defending personal freedoms.
"Freedom Is Not Free" was first coined by retired U.S. Air Force Colonel, Walter Hitchcock, of New Mexico Military Institute. The idiom expresses gratitude for the service of members of the military, implicitly stating that the freedoms enjoyed by many citizens in many democracies are only possible through the risks taken and sacrifices made by those in the military, drafted or not. The saying is often used to convey respect specifically to those who gave their lives in defense of freedom.
In popular culture
There are at least four published songs with this title.
- "Freedom isn't Free" by Paul Colwell circa 1965 formed part of the Up With People repertoire.
- "Freedom ain't free" is by country singer Chris LeDoux, written in 1981 and released by Liberty records on the album Old Cowboy Heroes
- "Freedom isn't free" is by Swedish rocker Yngwie Malmsteen on his 2002 album Attack!!
- A satirical "Freedom isn't free" was written by Trey Parker for the 2004 movie Team America: World Police.
- Rapper Lupe Fiasco released the first single to his album 'Food and Liquor2' titled Freedom Ain't Free (Around My Way) circa May 2012
- "Thank You" a song by India.Arie also references this idiom with lyrics "Oh say can You see? That all freedom isn't free" on her album Songversation
The idiom may be used as a rhetorical device.
- "Musicnotes.com sheet music site". Retrieved 2008-07-23.