I am seeing the word "freedom" in lots of ads this time of year.  Most of them revolve around, "Come celebrate our country's freedom by buying a new car, new appliance, or new mattress."  Of course, in the fine print you realize that rather than freedom, you will experience eight years of debt for your mattress that will wear out just as you make your last payment.  (By the way, have any of you ever met a mattress expert; you know, those geniuses quoted in TV ads who have decided that a mattress must be replaced every eight years?) All this talk of freedom reminds me of this quote from hip-hop artist Lacrae, "I had finally been set free, but I was about to find out if I could live free. …
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