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.