De' fliengde Vuogtlänn'r

Observations, rants, etc. from a guy who really gets around.

6.5.06

Land Of The Free?

With Memorial Day just around the corner and Independence Day (yeah, Independence Day; don't give me any of that "Fourth of July" crap) not too far behind, I'm in danger of going postal on the next person who starts spouting off about this being "the land of the free". We haven't been free in a lot of years.

Our long slide toward Socialism began during the reign of FDR and was slowed only slightly during the Eisenhower and Reagan years. For all the talk of them being "ultra-conservative", both Nixon and Bush Junior continued the march.

Thanks to such misbegotten ideas as "civil rights", "affirmative action", the War On (Some) Drugs, the Gun Control Act of 1968, McCain-Feingold Campaign "Reform", the Patriot Act, and the federal takeover of education, you've got a whole helluva lot less freedom that you like to think you have.

Of course, all of these things were so very "necessary". Some of them were even "for the children".

"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human rights. It is the motto of tyrants. It is the creed of slaves."

-- William Pitt


And don't even get me started on that "home of the brave" nonsense.

9 Comments:

At 14:04, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its so the fourth of the July.

 
At 11:09, Blogger Jahn said...

Dream on.

 
At 21:29, Blogger Lucy Stern said...

Yes Jahn, we are on that slippery slope down the path of socialism. I pray the Democrats don't take over the Congress.

 
At 21:12, Blogger T. F. Stern said...

You must have been reading my locksmith articles of late.

 
At 09:49, Blogger Jahn said...

I'm sure that influenced me somewhat.

 
At 15:12, Blogger Sherpa said...

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At 18:47, Blogger Jahn said...

Look here and here. Economic freedom is not the whole of freedom, but without it, you're not free.

 
At 08:22, Blogger Sherpa said...

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At 08:57, Blogger Jahn said...

Oh, so we suddenly moved to the top of the list since that survey was done?

Pres. Reagan said it best: "There is no 's' in 'freedom'. You're either free or you're not free."

Economic freedom is a very significant part of overall freedom. If you're not free to do what you wish with your own resources, you're not free.

Going back to the original premise, saying that we're the "freest country on Earth" is like saying we're the healthiest patient in the hospital. Looking back over the last 54 years, I see where we're a whole lot less free than we were even 30 years ago.

 

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