Is America Really Free?

770 Words Nov 29th, 2012 4 Pages
Freedom is defined as the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement. It is the power to determine action without restraint and the exemption from external control, interference, and regulation. Americans, these days, commonly regard their society as the freest and the best in the world. Their understanding of freedom has been shaped and based upon the founding fathers’ belief that all people are equal and that the role of the government is to protect each person’s basic “inalienable” rights. The United States Constitution’s Bill of Rights assures individual rights including freedom of speech, press, and religion. America has changed dramatically from the country our founding fathers discovered. Some could even argue that …show more content…
Why is it that crimes involving tobacco or alcohol can be taken to court whereas crimes involving marijuana and other drugs are dealt with by force? America is certainly far from free. Many people may even claim that if there were no laws and regulations to abide by and people were able to do whatever they pleased, than there would be nothing but chaos in the world. This is definitely a false claim considering that we already live in a world of chaos. In the past few years America has been having issues with illegal immigrants which have caused chaos within the country. Each year we have about 1 million illegal immigrants coming from Mexico and about 200,000 more coming from places such as Haiti and Guatemala. This has become a bigger and bigger problem over the years. Because of the outpour of immigrants migrating to the United States, it has become more and more difficult for the citizens who live here to get jobs. If America is so “free” than why is such a problem for others to come to this country, or better yet why can’t our government just simply provide jobs for everyone? Americans clearly already live in a world of chaos so to make a claim such as this would be unethical. Furthermore, if America was such a free country then how is it okay to assassinate U.S. citizens? Last year President Obama approved the killing of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaqi and another citizen under his “claimed” authority. He was assassinated
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