How can you celebrate freedom when it's being taken away step-by-step?
Freedom OF Religion is not supposed to be Freedom FROM Religion. There is no "separation of church and state" in the U.S. Constitution, nor has there ever been. I'm Agnostic, but you'll never hear me gripe about prayer in schools, or Christmas displays on government property. Remember that the actual wording of the First Amendment says "Congress shall make no law . . . ". Government may not establish a national religion, but there is nothing in the Constitution forbidding government from acknowledging religious beliefs.
Freedom of speech is rapidly disappearing under the guise of political correctness. Strong opinions are now "hate speech". The Obama administration actually jailed the maker of the film used as a scapegoat for the Benghazi terrorist attacks. There is even talk of prosecuting climate change deniers because they disagree with the closely-held beliefs of the current administration.
Are you really free to own a gun? Only the ones that are approved by the government. Same with ammunition. You won't be able to buy ammo in Portland, OR very soon due to a tax on each round sold. Too bad they'll likely never collect a dime, since the only place that sells ammo will move out of the jurisdiction, and the people will STILL buy their ammo outside the city limits for use inside the city limits.
How about your Fourth Amendment right to unlawful searches and seizures? How many stories are there regarding police seizures of large amounts of cash, simply because cash is suspected of being the currency of drug dealers? Law-abiding citizens almost never get their lawful money back, and if they do, they get no interest even if it is held for years.
Ditto for your Fifth Amendment rights. Ever hear of Alabaster, Alabama? The local government there decided that Walmart's argument that it could generate more taxes for the local government than those pesky existing homeowners could ever do, so Alabaster, Alabama took the property for a PRIVATE use (with allegedly just compensation to the former owners) and gave it to Walmart. I don't shop at Walmart unless I have to after that debacle. How about Kelo v. New London? Our own misguided US Supreme Court even got this one wrong. Again, a government entity (New London, CT) decided that it was in the public's best interest that private homes were not as valuable as a commercial venture, and took the private property for another (allegedly higher) best use.
Regardless of what social conservatives believe, a woman's right to have an abortion exists (via the right to privacy as established by the Supreme Court), yet it doesn't stop conservatives from trying to find ways to restrict that right through the back door by setting unreasonable standards for doctors and clinics. Standards which are being overturned by that same Supreme Court.
Can you drive without a seat belt on? Not saying you should, but what role of government is being carried out by keeping yourself safe from - yourself?
And finally, it's against the law in many states to buy and set off fireworks in celebration of our independence from tyranny!
How . . . ironic.
So I'm no longer going to lift a finger in celebration of the 4th of July. "We're freer than most" just isn't inspiring enough for me. And it shouldn't be for you.
Hi! I'm Dave Richard, your host. I hope you enjoy your visit. We'll be talking about current events, politics, the occasional sports (I'm a HUGE New England Patriots fan, so get over it), and some "Get off my lawn!" issues.