The United States of America was once renowned as the freest nation on the planet. Launched with a beautiful Constitution and Bill of Rights; the American people were guaranteed a level of freedom the world had never witnessed before. Since that founding, one generation after another have voted for politicians who set out to systematically destroy the very documents and principles that led to freedom and prosperity which propelled the country from a start up to the most powerful nation on the planet.
It is one thing to have no conception of freedom. If a person is born in an oppressive nation that does not allow the free flow of information, then he may not understand what is possible. Or he may legitimately fear the consequences of demonstrating against such a tyranny. A completely understandable position that does not necessarily mean a person or people hate freedom or disdain liberty.
It is an altogether different situation when one has a constitution which carefully and thoughtfully explains the dangers of governmental power, and provides protections that guarantee the ability to combat such power if it starts to become oppressive or intrusive. This Constitution and Bill of Rights also guarantee the ability to access and publicize information. In addition, most modern day Americans have an unlimited ability to research historical information on the internet, which would confirm the validity and truth of the Founding Father’s wisdom.
Americans had to ignore this information as well as their own Constitution and Bill of Rights in order to actively destroy their freedom by voting for politicians who legislate and nominate Supreme Court Justices who destroy their guaranteed liberties. Through Supreme Court rulings and legislation like the NDAA and Patriot Act, Americans now have only 3 of the applicable 8 amendments to the Bill of Rights left intact. And as a result, the government can now spy on Americans in their homes, on their computers, on their phones, and in almost any form they want without a warrant. In fact, the federal government is currently developing applications to monitor Facebook and Twitter and also building a spy drone fleet that will inevitably be used on American soil. With the passing of the NDAA, the government can detain and even murder American citizens without legal proceeding. If a citizen can be detained or imprisoned secretly by his government, then he has no rights.
With this expansion of federal power, the government has initiated an unconstitutional and illogical war on drugs, perpetrated undeclared wars in Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and unconstitutionally stolen resources from industrious Americans for socialist programs. The latter has only bankrupted the nation and will serve to harm far more than it has helped when these programs collapse. It has come to the point where Americans just accept warrantless searches, an overreaching IRS, and a government that inhabits their bedrooms and boardrooms.
Americans aren’t allowed to decide what to put in their own bodies (i.e drugs), how to use their bodies (i.e prostitution), when to end their lives, or even how to conduct their business. Americans now need permits to drive cars, register boats, travel, build on their own land, open businesses, invest for other people, teach in public schools, hunt, fish, skydive solo, scuba dive, carry firearms, etc… It’s hard to find an activity for which an American doesn’t need a permit.
There are also codes that Americans must comply with. They tell Americans how to dress, how to drive, how many people they can marry, and how to run their businesses. For example, many towns in Louisiana have enacted indecency laws that outlaw the exposure of one’s underpants. Almost every jurisdiction has restrictions on what level of nudity is legal. Businesses, restaurants, and builders have to comply with federal health codes, employment codes, and fire codes.
In the 1950′s, 1 in 20 occupations required a government permit, now it is 1 in 3. The economic regulation has gotten to such an egregious level that four Americans were actually put in prison for importing lobsters in bags instead of boxes. The federal government used an obscure Honduran law to prosecute the case even though the Honduran government said they didn’t care. Complicated and expensive laws such as Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank increase the compliance costs for corporations, and ultimately hurt the consumer. These regulations have been proven to be completely ineffective by the 2008 financial collapse and the Madoff Scandal.
As the video below outlines, there are so many federal, state, and county criminal and civil laws that no one could ever know them all. Unfortunately, ignorance of the law is no defense in the American legal system.
As if that wasn’t enough, the government is now cracking down on peaceful protests like the Occupy Wall Street movement. Over the last decade, the government has militarized the American police force and allowed Israel to teach top American police officials how to treat peaceful protestors like Palestinians. President Obama recently signed the “Anti-Protest Bill” H.R. 347 which makes it a crime to enter or remain in an area where an official is visiting even if the person does not know it’s illegal to be in that area and has no reason to believe there may be an official there. The government now compiles extensive no fly lists, which have included former American military personnel and small American children. There is no disclosure for those stranded abroad due to these no-fly lists. No trials are held to determine the quality of the evidence or due process of any kind afforded to the accused.
America now has the highest incarceration rate in the world. In fact, the situation is so dire that America has less than 5% of the world’s population but yet 25% of world’s prisoners. America went from the most free nation to the least free, and the vast majority of Americans seem to not only love their lack of freedom, but continually beg for more and more government intrusions to “guarantee their safety.”
One of the central tenants of any constitutional republic is a free and unbiased media. The US Constitution guaranteed such a free press, but through government intervention in the Federal Communications Commission and the regulation of the media, the US now has one of the least free medias of any developed nation. Multi-national conglomerates have created a monopoly in which 90% of the media is in the hands of 6 major corporations which are primarily headed by zionists. As of late, the government has also been cracking down on reporters who expose corruption and hypocrisy. In 2012, the US dropped to 47th in the World Press Freedom Index.
While the mainstream media complains about voter fraud in other countries, America has had an appalling record of election integrity over the last decade. A democracy is measured when a non-mainstream candidate seeks election. In the United States there have been at least two documented cases of voter fraud aimed at keeping the one non-mainstream candidate, Ron Paul, from winning the republican nomination. The history of American voter fraud dates back, at least, to the Bush/Gore debacle which embarrassed America in front of the international community.
With the constitutional walls that protect Americans from their government crumbling all around them, the American people have one last chance to shrink their government and return to their constitutional principles. Fortunately, the presidential candidacy of the ideologically consistent Ron Paul let’s us know exactly how many Americans still respect liberty. Ron Paul is a strict constitutionalist who looks at every piece of legislation and policy decision by how constitutional it is and how it promotes liberty. He is a military veteran with no skeletons in his closet, and is beyond reproach when it comes accusations of corruption and inconsistency. Every other candidate in the race is establishment and is for, or has signed in the case of Obama, legislation that destroys the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. All of the Republican candidates have stated on record that they are for an unconstitutional and disastrous future conflict in Iran, for Israel’s security. Therefore, we can estimate the amount of Americans who appreciate liberty by the percentage of votes Ron Paul gets. By this measure at least 80% of Americans hate freedom today. If America is truly the “Land of the Free”, then I would hate to see what the “Land of the Tyranny” would look like.