Originally Posted by mnchiefsguy
May I ask...what country is more free? What country is more tolerant? What country allows more free speech and more religious freedom than the United States?
For starters, a series of counterterrorism measures over the past decade have hamstrung our freedoms of speech, privacy, and due process. We have created a big brother system with a government that is more capable than ever of domestic espionage. There are "free speech zones" for political conventions. We imprison people by the millions for smoking pot. Only in 2009 did we come up with effective equal pay legislation for women. Only in the past couple years have gay people received equal rights on domestic partnerships. Only in the past year have gay people been allowed to serve openly. Only during the Reagan administration did we add American Indians to civil rights legislation. For the vast majority of our country's history we have fought against rights for African Americans, women, and undocumented immigrants brought here against their will.
America is a beautiful place, constantly striving for a more perfect union. And we do have freedoms carved out against the government's power that are to be cherished an in some circumstances celebrated.
But to pretend like we're this oasis of flawless freedom that inspires the instant ire of freedom-haters everywhere is really, really silly.