Ron Sparks Author, Poet

Stop Acting Like A Freedom Toddler


You’re a freedom toddler. Yeah – you.

Someone sent you the link to this post because you’re acting like a crybaby or a bully, with little or no critical thought, and using “mah rights” as an excuse to be selfish, hurt, or intimidate others – and you don’t actually understand the so-called rights you’re using as a bludgeon or shield.

A toddler has limited thinking ability, cannot be reasoned with, and will viciously attack those who are in their way, or wail inconsolably when confronted or thwarted. A toddler lives a completely selfish life, because their brains are not yet formed enough to have a conscious. Kinda like you. Hence, you’re a freedom toddler.

The good news is even toddlers grow up – unless you don’t get vaccinated, then it’s anyone’s guess when your card gets punched. Even though you’re not ready for well-reasoned and critical arguments yet, this post will be here when you grow a little and can appreciate what I’m about to explore.

So let’s dive into the ways in which you fail at understanding your American rights and the responsibilities that come with those rights.

Coronavirus Masks

Freedom Toddler Says:

Making me wear a mask is a violation of my rights, and I won’t wear one. No commie, socialist bleeding heart libtard is going to make me give up my rights.

Protesting mandatory masks to mitigate the spread of coronavirus is a favorite tactic of the freedom toddler
Image source: Reuters

Your argument: Ok, listen, you big baby. This is what you’re trying to say once we parse through your toddler-babble: “I have the right to do whatever I want as an American citizen. You can’t force me to conform – that’s what dictatorships and fascist governments do. By refusing to wear a mask I am exercising my rights to do with my body as I please and you can’t take that away from me.”

Why You’re Wrong: Let’s not even get into the staggering levels of hypocrisy you display with that argument (I’m looking at all of you who try to regulate a woman’s body through legislation and cultural shame every day).

No, you’re wrong because you left out a key part of the argument above. “I have the right to do whatever I want as an American citizen, providing my exercise of that right does not infringe on the rights of another.” Even this is not strictly true, but that’s the essence of your argument. And that last clause is the clincher here and forms the basis for your hypocritical abortion argument, by the way.

In the context of masks to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, however, it’s a different story. By not wearing a mask in public when mandated you are endangering and threatening the core right of your fellow Americans – their right to life. I’m not going to explain how wearing a mask protects others if you have the virus, not you, and we all need to wear them to protect each other. You’ve heard it before.

Your opinion on the virus is irrelevant. My right to life quite literally trumps your right to refuse to wear the mask. Let’s face it – you’re not a scientist or a medical professional with an actual argument based on qualifications that would lend veracity to your opinion. If you were you wouldn’t be here, reading this.

And I cannot stress this enough, there is no dress clause in the Constitution. If you’re using the argument that you can dress as you will, you’re wrong and have been wrong since the country was founded. If you think you can dress as you will – try being a woman and walking topless down the street.

Your Rights Come With Responsibilities

Freedom toddlers don't understand that every right has an associated responsibility.

Oh this is the part Freedom Toddlers hate. They love to talk about their rights, but their responsibilities? Not so much.

Since it’s so tough, I’ll use fewer words and more bullet points.

  • You have the right to free speech. It is your responsibility, however, to educate and inform yourself so that your voice has merit and is appropriate to the discussion. This can be difficult in the age of misinformation and social media, but it is your responsibility nevertheless.
  • You have the right to own a firearm (usually) in America. If you do, you also have the responsibility to learn how to use it safely and to understand when it is, and when it is not appropriate to wield it.
  • You have the right to worship, or not, as you choose. You also have the responsibility to respect the rights of others to do the same.
  • You have the right to pursue “life, liberty, and happiness.” You also have a responsibility to your fellow man in those pursuits to ensure your life, liberty, and happiness are not unduly infringing on their right to do the same.

The list can go on, but listen Freedom Toddlers. You can’t selfishly express your rights without understanding the responsibilities that come with those rights. Technically you can, but you are not helping yourself, your community, or your country with uninformed opinions based on the misinformation you consume without question.

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This section is not for you, Freedom Toddler. It’s for the person who sent you here. Go play with a puppy or something.

Ok, they’re gone. Do you want to provide another example of Freedom Toddlers to the article? Connect with me on Facebook or Twitter (links in the menu) and I will add your example, along with attribution to you.

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Ron Sparks

Ron Sparks is a technology professional, science fiction and fantasy author and poet living in Zurich, Switzerland. His latest book "ONI: Satellite Earth Series Book 1" is available on

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Ron Sparks is a technology professional, science fiction and fantasy author and poet living in Zurich, Switzerland. His latest book "ONI: Satellite Earth Series Book 1" is available on


A man of many passions, I lay claim to a myriad of interests and hobbies. Among them, I am an amateur astronomer, an avid motorcycle rider, a whiskey aficionado, a (poor) surfer, a scuba diver, a martial artist, a student of philosophy, a proponent of critical thinking, a technologist, an entrepreneur, a cancer survivor, and I harbor a lifelong love of science fiction and fantasy. Feel free to strike up a conversation on the social networks below.

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