We do not live in a truly free country. In a free country, there would be a free market, not government regulation of business; parents could educate their children as they saw fit instead of sending them to a failing public school system; privacy would not be invaded by atrocities like the Patriot Act; taxation would not exist because every person would be in control of the money he earned; the military would strictly be used for national defense because foreign alliances would not be tolerated; social issues like gay marriage and abortion would not exist because individual rights would reign supreme; immigrants would receive no handouts and would either sink or swim like all other citizens. None of these are true in the United States. I cannot understand how our society so willingly relinquishes freedom in exchange for a false sense of security. Thomas Jefferson said, "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." I stand for liberty.
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