THE ANSWER IS NO!! READ THIS!
The ostriches with their heads in the sand
By Chuck Baldwin
October 6, 2011
Many times I hear the ostriches among us exclaim, “What freedoms
have we lost? America is the freest country on earth.” We have all
heard that, right? Of course, part of the problem is that, thanks to
our education system, media, and churches, many Americans do not even
know how to define liberty and freedom. The truth is, America’s
Founding Fathers were willing to pledge their “lives, fortunes, and
sacred honor” and fight a bloody revolutionary war for far fewer
abridgments of liberty than we Americans endure every day of our lives
today. FAR FEWER!
To answer the second part of the ostrich argument first: no, America
is not the freest nation on earth. According to the Index of Economic
Freedom, which is produced by the Heritage Foundation and the Wall
Street Journal, the United States just barely makes it in the top ten,
ranked at number nine in the world.
According to Deroy Murdock, “Among the 179 countries examined in
the Index, Hong Kong is ranked first, followed by Singapore,
Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Canada, Ireland, and Denmark.
These nations all outscored the U.S. across ten categories, including
taxes, free trade, regulation, monetary policy, and corruption.
“America barely made the top ten. Bahrain was tenth, with 77.7
points, one decimal point behind America’s 77.8 score. Chile reached
No. 11 with 77.4, just 0.4 points behind the United States.
“Even worse, with a score below 80, the U.S. is spending its second
year as a ‘mostly free’ economy. As it departed the family of
‘free’ nations in 2010, it led the ‘mostly free’ category.
Even within this less-than-illustrious group, America now lags behind
Ireland and Denmark.”
See Murdock’s report at:
Just ask any small businessman how free the United States is! The
regulations, restrictions, prohibitions, assessments, fees, taxes,
surcharges, permits, licenses, etc., are worse than almost any
industrialized nation in the world. Remember the CEO of Coca Cola
recently saying that it was easier doing business in China than in
America? Well, he was telling the truth!
Thanks to political correctness, environmental wackoism, and
socialistic/fascist ideology running rampant in Washington, D.C., and
even many State capitols, “the land of the free” has become “the
land of the oppressed.” Being able to drive a car, have a job, shop
at a mall, watch sports on television, or even vote, is NOT the mark
of a free people. Folks in China and other oppressed nations routinely
do all of the above.
Virtually every activity once considered a “right” is now
regulated or prohibited by either the federal or State and local
government. Few states (thankfully, my home State of Montana is one of
them) recognize the right of people to marry without getting a State
marriage license. And can anyone imagine Paul Revere riding throughout
Boston with a license plate and registration on his horse? And can
anyone further imagine Sam Adams or those militiamen at Lexington and
Concord registering a gun or being asked to get a concealed carry
permit? Yeah, right!
In most urban settings, one cannot build a shed on their own
property, add a room on their house, or even pour a driveway without
asking a variety of government bureaucrats for permission--and paying
them hundreds of dollars in fees, of course. And did you know that the
federal government even tells your local plumbing contractor how many
gallons of water your toilet can flush? Well, they do! You call this
freedom? Our Founding Fathers wouldn’t have!
To answer the first part of the ostrich question, the freedoms we
Americans have lost are literally too numerous to count. A recent
report at the American Dream web site makes a very salient argument as
to just how many freedoms have been lost in the good old U.S. of A.
The report states, “Once upon a time, our founders thought that
they were guaranteeing our freedoms by adding a Bill of Rights to the
“But today there are a lot of freedoms that we simply do not have
“In America today, you do not have the right to say whatever you
want. If you say the wrong thing on a blog or a website it can have
“In America today, you do not have the right to do raise your own
children as you see fit.
“In America today, you do not have the right to grow whatever food
you want and you do not have the right to eat whatever food you do
“In America today, you do not have the right to be free from
unreasonable search and seizure.
“In America today, you do not have a right to privacy. In fact, you
should expect that everything that you do is watched, tracked,
monitored and recorded.”
The report then goes on to list several real-life examples to prove
the assessments listed above.
See the American Dream report at:
And, of course, the ultimate symbol of a free people is the right to
keep and bear arms. And while most states theoretically recognize a
citizen’s right to own and possess a gun, the vast majority of them
only do so--not as a right guaranteed to a free people by their
Creator--but as a privilege granted to approved subjects by the
limited benevolence of the State. At last count, only four states
recognize the right of their citizens to keep and bear arms without
any kind of State license: Alaska, Arizona, Vermont, and Wyoming. (For
clarification, the State of Montana allows open carry Statewide and
concealed carry in unincorporated areas, but people carrying concealed
in incorporated cities, must have a CCW permit. We passed legislation
this year to expunge the incorporated city CCW requirement, but our
Democrat governor vetoed it. But Montana will be the fifth State
To view a current map of Constitutional Carry states, click here:
So, the next time you hear someone say, “What freedoms have we
lost? We are the freest nation on earth,” why not give them a copy
of this column? And then tell the ostrich to get his head out of the
sand and his rump off the couch before the little remnant of freedom
we have left is also completely eviscerated.
P.S. I want to introduce my readers to a very informative web site
produced by my friend Jim Babka. It’s called DownsizeDC.org. I
recommend you take a look. See it at: