How free are we truly?
WARNING POSSIBLE TRIGGER TOPIC!
I am an American, who lives in a country that is supposedly free, but is it really?
My husband brought to me this topic, and I am going to share my views here, so bear with me as this can and probably will get lengthy.
In America we have this special thing knows as amendments to our constitution basically sharing with us as Americans what our rights and freedoms are. Like freedom of speech, or the right to bear arms, freedom of the press and so on, but just how freely can we use these without some repercussions of their usage?
Let me explain, we have the freedom of speech, and sure we can say what we want to, but it can land you in trouble with the law, or get you banned for speaking your mind or opinion. Social media is the worst when it comes to free speech, a hate speech as wrong as it is, is still protected under freedom of speech but is still banned, and removed, speaking your mind with any topic is your first amendment right, be you speak out about the president of the united states, or how much you hate your neighbor next door because they throw parties.
We live in a country where you get back lash for not standing for the pledge of allegiance or our national anthem, which is your right to do so if we live in a “free” country then why is it people get so angry when you exercise that right? You’ll hear things like its un-American and they don’t belong here because they are being disrespectful to their country, but should our country be the ones telling us we have to do something if we are free to make our own choices?
We have young men signed up for the draft regardless of there want to, and while I am very patriotic of my country this issue should be spoken on, the draft takes men at an early age and places there name in a hat so they can be called off if there country needs them, which seems fair I mean it’s the least you can do for your country with it being free and all right? Yeah, that doesn’t fit the bill. As a free country we shouldn’t be able to dictate that young Americans have to sign up for something they may or may not believe in. For an example, the war in Vietnam called for a draft, and those selected who didn’t believe in the movement ran from fear of persecution by their own country for not wanting to fight for something they did not believe in.
In America we are free or given the illusion of freedom by being able to do as we please within the guidelines of the ‘RULES’ made by our government, I mean think about it, you can smoke cigarettes but you cannot smoke pot, why because the government claims it is a “drug” however in a free country we wouldn’t exactly fight the peoples want, would we? Sure I understand that we do have rules in place for a reason, but the American people have been brain washed into believing we are so free. However it comes with a price, and that is we don’t speak out against our country and its government.
How many times have you watched the News or heard of an anchor getting fired because he spoke his views and opinions on the air? They were practicing their right to freedom of speech. Nothing wrong with it, until they spoke against the masses.
I have stated time and time again, the youth has woken up and started taking their rights and liberties very literally. Say what you want, print what you will, stand or don’t stand, protest don’t protest, however it has come with backlash and so many saying it is un-American when in fact it is one of the most AMERICAN things you can do, so why are we angry? Why are we constantly fighting those who speak differently, you have countries like North Korea and China, who are dictated to, that have to do everything in the best interest of that country and if not, you end up in prison, just for speaking out on your own government!
Is that what America is coming too? Will we soon be reprimanded for having our own views that go against the grain of the norm? So think about it. Are you as free as you believe?