America! Land of the Free? I don’t think so.

Just ask any small businessman how free the United States is! The
regulations, restrictions, prohibitions, assessments, fees, taxes,
surcharges, permits, licenses, etc., are worse than almost any
industrialized nation in the world. Remember the CEO of Coca Cola
recently saying that it was easier doing business in China than in
America? Well, he was telling the truth!

Thanks to political correctness, environmental wackoism, and
socialistic/fascist ideology running rampant in Washington, D.C., and
even many State capitols, “the land of the free” has become “the
land of the oppressed.” Being able to drive a car, have a job, shop
at a mall, watch sports on television, or even vote, is NOT the mark
of a free people. Folks in China and other oppressed nations routinely
do all of the above.

Virtually every activity once considered a “right” is now
regulated or prohibited by either the federal or State and local
government.  Can anyone imagine Paul Revere riding throughout
Boston with a license plate and registration on his horse? And can
anyone further imagine Sam Adams or those militiamen at Lexington and
Concord registering a gun or being asked to get a concealed carry
permit? Yeah, right!

In most urban settings, one cannot build a shed on their own
property, add a room on their house, or even pour a driveway without
asking a variety of government bureaucrats for permission–and paying
them hundreds of dollars in fees, of course. And did you know that the
federal government even tells your local plumbing contractor how many
gallons of water your toilet can flush? Well, they do! You call this
freedom? Our Founding Fathers wouldn’t have!

The freedoms we Americans have lost are literally too numerous to count. A recent
report at the American Dream web site makes a very salient argument as to just how many freedoms have been lost in the good old U.S. of A.

The report states, “Once upon a time, our founders thought that
they were guaranteeing our freedoms by adding a Bill of Rights to the
Constitution.

“But today there are a lot of freedoms that we simply do not have
any longer.

“In America today, you do not have the right to say whatever you
want. If you say the wrong thing on a blog or a website it can have
dramatic consequences.

“In America today, you do not have the right to do raise your own
children as you see fit.

“In America today, you do not have the right to grow whatever food
you want and you do not have the right to eat whatever food you do
grow.

“In America today, you do not have the right to be free from
unreasonable search and seizure.

“In America today, you do not have a right to privacy. In fact, you
should expect that everything that you do is watched, tracked,
monitored and recorded.”

And, of course, the ultimate symbol of a free people is the right to
keep and bear arms. And while most states theoretically recognize a
citizen’s right to own and possess a gun, the vast majority of them
only do so–not as a right guaranteed to a free people by their
Creator–but as a privilege granted to approved subjects by the
limited benevolence of the State. At last count, only four states
recognize the right of their citizens to keep and bear arms without
any kind of State license: Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, and Wyoming.

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