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Commentary: Freedom is not a zero-sum game

Democrats could win more votes by confronting the narrative that Republicans advocate for freedom and Democrats advocate for control. That false dichotomy hurts Democrats in rural areas on Election Day.

The Republican Party has taken over freedom. Republicans put United States flags on their pickup trucks, barns, hats and pants. They advocate freedom from regulations, freedom from taxes and freedom from the United States government whose flag they wear. These Republicans conceive of freedom as a zero-sum game: Only a finite amount of freedom exists, so when the government acts, it takes freedom from citizens.

But not only government restricts freedom.