Free will..

According to Webster: free will, The ability or discretion to choose; free choice.

According to Webster: free, 1. Not imprisoned or enslaved; being at liberty. 2. Not controlled by obligation or the will of another: 3. Having political independence: “America . . . is the freest and wealthiest nation in the world” (Rudolph W. Giuliani).


 Rudolph William Louis “Rudy” Giuliani, born May 28, 1944) is an American lawyer, businessman, and politician from New York. He served as Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001. A Democrat and Independent in the 1970s, and a Republican since the 1980s, Giuliani served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, eventually becoming U.S. Attorney. He prosecuted a number of high-profile cases, including ones against organized crime and Wall Street financiers. Giuliani served two terms as Mayor of New York City, having run on the Republican and Liberal lines. He was credited with initiating improvements and with a reduction in crime pressing the city’s quality of life initiatives. He ran for the United States Senate in 2000 but withdrew due to being diagnosed with prostate cancer and revelations about his personal life. Giuliani gained international attention for his leadership, during and after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. For those actions, he received an honorary knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2002. After leaving office as mayor, Giuliani founded Giuliani Partners, a security consulting business; acquired Giuliani Capital Advisors (later sold), an investment banking firm; and joined the Bracewell & Giuliani law firm, which changed its name when he became a partner. Giuliani ran for the Republican Party nomination in the 2008 United States Presidential election. After leading in national polls for much of 2007, his candidacy faltered late in that year; he rated poorly in the caucuses and primaries of January 2008 and withdrew from the race. Giuliani considered running for both Governor and Senator in 2010, but decided not to run and remain active in his business career. Giuliani was considering a run in the 2012 presidential election, but decided not to run. (Source Wikipedia)

(A Twix moment,) With respect to everyone else’s opinion, ..I personally find it quite impressive to be quoted in Webster’s.  ..go Rudy.

Now, returning to the subject of the day, “free will,” ..lets explore.

When we, “the collective we,” at least for the purposes of today’s offering, ..exert our will, ..i.e., free choice…

According to Webster: ex·ert, To put to use or effect; put forth.

..or exercise our capacity to choose…

According to Webster: choose, To select from a number of possible alternatives.

..when we, “the collective we,” ..more often than not, something to effect something in “our” lives, ..we also effect the lives of others, ..well beyond the immediate “choice” we made.

Even something as elementary, or as simple as purchasing a tube of toothpaste at Walmart, ..or adding a certain brand of crackers to our cart at Safeway.

Accordingly, ..companies that manufacture toothpaste and crackers spend millions of dollars annually to entice us, ..we, “..the collective we,” pick their brand.

Question: So what does politics have to do with toothpaste and crackers?

According to Webster: ad·ver·tis·ing, (in context) The activity of attracting public attention to a product. 

According to Webster: cam·paign·ing, (in context) To engage in an operation planned to achieve a certain goal.

Consequently, whether you’re a bakery trying to sell your crackers, ..or a political campaign manager trying to sell your candidate, ..”albeit a sad commentary on our society,” 98% of attracting the public is getting people to favorably know your name, ..and that takes money, ..lots of money.

Furthermore, because it is easier and more convenient to accept the rhetoric we’re bombarded with via our treasured flat screens, ..not nearly enough of us read the labels on the products we buy at our local grocery, ..nor do enough of us truly research the individuals that we allow “carte blanche” in Washington.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

Crusader Rabbit…

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