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Old 05-14-2013, 10:17 AM
 
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Haha, no Michigan. Sorry that was vague, and yes I realize we have more freedoms than 90% of the countries out there, but still it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see our freedoms are fading fast.
Yes, freedom is relative.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Haha, no Michigan. Sorry that was vague, and yes I realize we have more freedoms than 90% of the countries out there, but still it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see our freedoms are fading fast.
How are our freedoms any different now than they were 50 or 60 years ago? In some ways we're more free today.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying everything is perfect, but generally over the past four decades our freedom has been pretty steady. Yeah, laws pass every now and then that tick off left wingers or right wingers and make them talk about how we're all doomed, but in general day to day life our basic freedoms that we take for granted are pretty steady.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:24 AM
 
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How are our freedoms any different now than they were 50 or 60 years ago? In some ways we're more free today.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying everything is perfect, but generally over the past four decades our freedom has been pretty steady. Yeah, laws pass every now and then that tick off left wingers or right wingers and make them talk about how we're all doomed, but in general day to day life our basic freedoms that we take for granted are pretty steady.
This is a good point. If you ask black folks and other minorities, their freedoms are much greater than they were 50 or 60 years ago.

Maybe above poster was referring to the post 9/11 period.

Also, reminds me of the opening speech from the show Newsroom. When I was a kid a lot of my friends would go around yelling "it's a free country" as if the USA was the only free country in the world. That was pretty funny.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:40 AM
 
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We use to say it back in the 80's all the time, and I don't think it has anything at all to do with red vs blue. It's not even political, it's children retorting against something another child says. They're not standing up for pride in the USA, they're just using it as a slang term.

"You can't take two pieces of pizza!" "Yeah I can, it's a free country!".
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:10 PM
 
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People still say it. A lot.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:23 AM
 
Location: New Albany, IN
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Yes, they still say it.
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Old 05-15-2013, 09:10 AM
 
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The incarceration rate in the United States of America is the highest in the world today. As of 2009, the incarceration rate was 743 per 100,000 of national population (0.743%).[2] In comparison, Russia had the second highest, at 577 per 100,000, Canada was 123rd in the world at 117 per 100,000, and China had 120 per 100,000.[2]

While Americans represent about 5 percent of the world's population, nearly one-quarter of the entire world's inmates have been incarcerated in the United States in recent years.[3] Imprisonment of America's 2.3 million prisoners, costing $24,000 per inmate per year, and $5.1 billion in new prison construction, consumes $60.3 billion in budget expenditures.
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Home of the Brave, Land of the Free...because you've got to be brave to be free in America.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Carrboro, NC
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Pretty sure people my age only say it ironically.
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Old 05-15-2013, 10:56 AM
 
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Old 05-15-2013, 12:07 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I don't know? What's the text talk version?

Do kids today even speak out loud or come face to face with real live people?
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