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Maybe that's not what you meant but it is what you said. I think if you look at the population filling the prisons in our country a lot of the charges that are putting them there are bullshit paternalistic laws which you'd agree don’t equate to freedom.
I promise you there are plenty of other countries out there that laugh at us for our naivety in believing we're the "most free" country in the world-- it's hard to argue that we're the most free when we have the most imprisoned.
I bet you many of the people in prison didn't do anything "bad" morally speaking, and aren’t necessarily living unproductive lives, it just happens to be the fact that America has become so afraid of everyone else that we've got to lock every 1 in 100 up.
The thing that is really bothersome is over 1 million of the inmates are charged on NON-violent offences, whereas more and more violent offenders are being released, being put back on the streets, just so the prisons can have more room.
Look at habeas corpus, look at the movement for retrograde immunity for telecom companies, the patriot act... do you still think we've as much freedom as you seem to think we do?
I have and i did.
Very good and insightful post.
It´s nice to hear that there is someone who has not been fooled by all the crap about USA beeing the land of the free etc.
Don´t get me wrong, I really like a lot of things about the US. But there is a lot of problems to be solved and claiming that you are "the land of the free" and "the best country in the world" is just hilarious. Realize that your country is not that good and start dealing with your issues and one day maybe you will be.
Dude i feel the respect, i think i've posted enough long-winded posts for today, so i'll give it a rest for now. But i think you can understand the dillema i face-- by wanting to leave and go to another country i face being unpatriotic, if i stay i'll be unhappy with the way the future looks like it'll play out. I can't chage the world i can only change myself, maybe i'll just have to find allegience to another country.
It's wierd, one thing america has that most other countries do not is a strong sense of patriotism. Our self-celebration is a pretty unique thing in this world and i think thats why we get so much hate. II think we've got make sure that if we're going to be so self-celebrating that we actually have good reasons to do so, (look out now i'm starting to sound like Michelle Obama not being proud of my country -- jokes) but i'm not against the american patriotism celebration of our who we are, i just don't want to celebrate who we are unless we regain the moral high ground we were on before we entered WWII.
Hahaha! No. Being a native of Australia myself, I can safely say that our government is far superior to yours in areas that I personally consider (take note of this) to be important. What a stupid thing to claim, I know you were trying to make a point, however I'd reccomend you stop posting with your guarantees and start posting with a little more insight. This guarantee is going in my sig...
Someone please bring back the golden wheelchair, you've definately earned it.