threedonia.com has an essay about the United States versus every other nation. And liberty.
What Rufus says, in part:
~What used to set the U.S. apart from all other nations was our citizens had more personal liberty than any others.
The U.S. government can take whatever percentage of money I earn, whenever they choose. They can take whatever percentage of money they choose from any agreement I may enter into with another person. They can even take whatever percentage they choose of my worldly possessions when I die. They even control and forbid what I can use as money in exchange with others for goods and services. My state and local governments do the same.
The U.S. government and my state government mandate standards that I must adhere to while educating my children. They mandate how many days and years I must educate my children. If I fail to meet their standards they can remove my children from my care. If they determine I am not feeding or exercising my children properly they can remove them from my care.
The U.S. government controls what I eat. I cannot put a food or liquid into my body without prior consent from the U.S. government. A dairy farmer cannot drink the milk from his own livestock without first meeting government standards and controls. If, tomorrow, I am diagnosed with a deadly disease and I meet another citizen who has developed a medicinal cure for that disease I am not permitted to purchase that cure without government approval. That government approval almost always takes at least one decade and can often take two, or more. If my life expectancy is less than the period required to meet that process I will die. At its discretion the government can prohibit any medicine it chooses, regardless of its benefit. The same is true for foods and beverages.
The U.S. government controls how I can defend my property and limits what weapons I can use in my own personal defense. Local and federal governments limits the construction of any edifice I may wish to build on my property. Each autumn I fill over 120 bags of yard waste with leaves. Even though I have three fireplaces and a fire pit on my property (and all meet proper building codes) I am forbidden to burn those leaves on my land. The size and material of the bags I must put the leaves in are also dictated by local statute. I am forbidden from growing fruits or vegetables on my land for sale to others. I am forbidden from owning livestock of any kind. My pets are subject to enough laws and regulations to fill a bookshelf.
I cannot enter into an agreement to fly on an airplane with a private company without submitting to a search of my personal belongings and my own body. I cannot drive the automobiles I own as fast or slow as I believe is prudent. I cannot ride my bicycle on public roads without “proper” equipment. I cannot paddle my kayak without proper registration, life vest, equipment…
Even though I have worked very hard since the age of 15 and have money invested in stocks, bonds and commodities, as well as owning property and quite a few material goods I am broke. Actually I am in debt. My government has borrowed trillions of dollars in my name. As a citizen I am responsible for those debts and they amount to more than I can pay. My government has bankrupted me financially.
Many men throughout history, including some of the Founding Fathers, have referred to the United States as “an experiment” in government. And it was. The question has always been, “can men handle liberty and freedom.” We have been avoiding the obvious for decades, maybe a century or more. The experiment has been run. The hypothesis has been tested. The data have been collected. The conclusion is, “No.”
That does not mean there are no people here who cherish liberty. There are. Millions. I’ve traveled to dozens of foreign countries; communist, socialist, monarchy, theocratic, democratic… In each nation I met men and women who cherish liberty. Men and women who love mankind and devote their lives to bettering the human condition. Men and women who work for human freedom. Governments can’t take that spirit away. It will never die. But that’s separate from our relationship with our government. That relationship used to be equivalent in the United States. No longer. Life is good. My wife and kids are healthy. We’ve got food in the pantry, central air-conditioning, books to read, music to listen to, clothes to wear. The U.S. is a great place to raise a family. There are oceans, mountain’s majesty and fruited plains. I’m not going anywhere.
But don’t tell me we have personal liberties.
Please go to the link above and read the whole thing. While it’s still allowed. – Guffaw