The land of the free. Fact or meaningless rhetoric?
We may not have complete freedom, but we certainly have more personal freedom that people have in many other countries where there are roadblocks stopping people to ask for identification and police pounding on the door in the middle of the night. Our freedom is limited by our pocketbooks. If we can afford to travel, we can go anywhere and do anything that isn't criminal. There are a few other countries where the citizens enjoy at least as much freedom as we do here, but not too many. Britain and France and Canada and Australia are free. I suppose there is personal freedom in the Scandinavian countries and in Switzerland. Italy is not. Ireland is dominated by the Catholic Church. Russia is more free than it used to be, but it has a long way to go. Saudi Arabia is dominated by a corrupt aristocracy. Iran is dominated by the Islamic clergy. There is a lot of graft and corruption in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries. Cuba certainly is not free, and a lot of the people would love to get out of there. China, the world's largest country, is a Communist dictatorship. Look at North Korea! Look at Vietnam! The U.S.A. is a paradise compared to a lot of other countries. We have genuine freedom of religion and freedom of speech.