By Josh Tolley
People like to say that America is the land of the free and home of the brave.
As I look around, I am left with a question which nobody seems to want to ask. Where in our American lives do we still have freedom?
Let us take a look at American life together, and see if we are in disagreement.
The freedom of the press:
Once referred to as the “4th branch of government” the media has, for decades now, perverted true journalism. As sad as that may be, what is truly alarming is the fact that even if true journalism was to try to make a comeback it would be met by a government which is trying to kill it. With recent administrations cracking down on information available to the media, punishing reports for use of video phones, and even the FBI/DHS admitting to spying on and keeping files of journalists, the message is clear; do not speak freely. Don’t believe me, ask the reporter who was locked in a closet during a Joe Biden event. You may think to yourself; “Well that is fine, I’m not a journalist. I can still say whatever I want.” You would be wrong.
Freedom of religion:
This is a basic pillar of what makes America great. The ability for people to live out their faith (or lack thereof) free from persecution or punishment is vital to the “land of the free.”
However, this freedom is being destroyed. From street preachers being arrested, to Bibles being illegal in Colorado. From the government using the EPA to influence churches, to the ability to live out your faith. Religious life is becoming more of a criminal act every day.
The right to keep and bear arms:
This once great hitching post of American freedom has become equally abused, but under the guise of liberty. Today, most states issue a concealed carry permit. This of course is not only against the founding fathers desire regarding “arms” but it is actually a way to strip you of your “right” and turn it into a licensed privilege. Through the use of fear and perversion, the government literally stole a right, right from under our noses.
Not to mention, as seen during hurricane Katrina, the government is more than willing to mute your rights through gun confiscation when they so desire.
Food and Water:
With less than 2% of food grown and eaten locally, the majority of our food choices are no longer choices at all. Combine that with the fact that in many states it is now illegal to consume raw milk and produce, illegal to hunt game and give meat to your neighbors, illegal to grow gardens, and illegal to even collect rainwater.
Let us also not forget the government’s role in promoting GMO crops, GMO livestock, and a USDA/FDA system which rewards bad behavior while punishing health. We even have local governments purposefully drugging drinking water.
As stated recently by a judge in Wisconsin: “Plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to produce and consume the foods of their choice.”
Parenting of our children:
You would think that parenting would remain a right of the parents. However, we are seeing increasingly the ability for the government to strip parents from their fundamental rights and duties. Abortion and drug administration without parental consent or even knowledge, vaccinations without parental consent or knowledge, restrictions on schooling options, and many others are just examples of how parents are really no longer parents in the eyes of the government but rather just regulated providers of shelter until the government deems otherwise. Even after the rights of the parents have been stripped the children are subjected to continued abuse at the hands of “the system.”
Rights of privacy:
This has become a joke. From illegal search and seizure in places like Tennessee, to the outright destruction of privacy as seen in Indiana when the court ruled against 400+ years of law and common decency, privacy has become footnote in history. Our government is making the push to get 30,000 drones in the sky and a stated goal to gain access to all your electronic information, including your cell phone. It is become abundantly clear that we can never put this genie back in the bottle and our ability to have some amount of privacy is gone for good.