It seriously bothers me anytime a fellow citizen crows about how “free” we are. I can’t see it as being anything other than empty rhetoric.
What have we done recently (like in the past 20 years) to advance freedom within our own country? Because in my view as time continues to go on, we are becoming less and less free. This is evidenced by the fact that our lawmakers are overwhelmingly voting to criminalize activities versus legalizing them. It’s been 34 years since we’ve had a Constitutional Amendment that expands freedoms (allowing 18 year olds to vote). It’s been 24 years since the proposed Equal Rights Amendment died a quiet death.
The last two proposed Constitutional Amendments that gained any serious traction would have the effect of taking rights away from people instead of expanding them (Flag Burners and Homosexuals).
100 years ago marijuana was legal nationwide and prostitution was legal in several states (as opposed to just Nevada now). A couple years ago Ephedra and Prohormones (precursers to steroids) were legally available, and now they are not. Before the mid 1980s a lot of states allowed people under 21 to buy alcohol. Until recently Montana allowed passengers in cars to consume alcohol. It’s depressing to think about freedom slowly ebbing away.
It’s like the (flawed as it applies to actual frogs) analogy of the frog that’s put in water that’s slowly being heated up, and the frog ignores the temperature change until it’s too late and gets boiled to death. Like the fictional frog I feel like our society is slowly being boiled to death with new rules and regulations, and the temperature is never going downwards.
The picture looks grim to me. Our country needs to actually do something about freedom. Waving tiny american flags and putting yellow ribbon bumper sticker just doesn’t cut it.