“A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have,” Gerald Ford (1974) said during his address to a joint session of Congress: a warning to the public about the consequences of giving the Government overwhelming control. After the U.S. gained their independence from the British Hegemony, the Founding Fathers of America adopted the Bill of Rights to protect the people from this very situation. The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution clearly states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”. Nevertheless, by the 21st, the democratic, free nation of
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
As the United States matured, it noticed the growing problems and loopholes of this freedom as its citizens took too much advantage it. The solution? Limit their rights and freedoms. So now our rights are still available to an extent, and our freedoms fenced in to a degree which it is still bearable. But is it still free? Kind of, but not quite. America has manipulated and shaved off parts of our freedom and rights.
Since the founding of the United States of America, freedom has been the basis of the governmental and ruling systems in place. Individual freedoms are protected in both the Bill of Rights and the rest of the Constitution, and Schwartz (2009) explains that ‘public liberty ultimately enhances collective rationality—it is a path to heightening our wisdom by increasing access to pertinent information and improving decision making’ (p. 409). However, there have been many times in history when the true freedom of citizens is called into question. There has always been controversy about how much power the government should have, who is keeping the government in check, and if citizens are properly informed about what their elected governed are doing. The passing of the Patriot Act in 2001 was no exception to this controversy. The
As citizens of America, how free are we? Yes essentially, we can make our own decisions but at what cost. It seems like in order to uphold structure and stability within while securing the wellbeing of every citizen of a nation us to have a government. However, if the establishment of government is essential, there are certain sacrifices one has to make to ensure one’s protection. Therefore, the battle between freedom, equality, and security comes into play when you’re trying to construct a “perfect” government”. In which we are inbounded by our constitution that has been in effect for two centuries.
It is true our society must strive to bring good to as many people as possible; yet it is unfair to restrict freedom if failed to do so. For example, if someone tries to start a city clean up because of the amount of littering that is made. Is it really under their control if more people go out and liter? Should they be the ones punished? Of course not, a restriction in freedom violates our first amendment and cannot be enforced. It's true that freedom is the most valuable thing that us Americans have and sometimes restricting it may help but make a person feel like they're being held back from doing something. With this, people may get a sense of wanting to rebel. Ultimately, this can lead to problems with the law. This however is very unpredictable
“the government may not jail, fine, or impose civil liability on people or organizations based on what they say or write, except in exceptional circumstances,” (Stone, Geoffrey). This shows that the government knows the population will try and obstruct, or hinder their progress. That if the citizens are allowed to change everything, that everything would constantly be delayed. In the United States, this is not the case. Over many years, the government has implemented ways that require a majority to get things changed. That way small groups of people can voice their opinions without bringing the government to a halt with changes. If anything, these changes help the government, and show officials were the problems are. They allow the government to see and understand people’s frustrations and work to fix them. In that way, the American government has remained strong, but yet flexible and susceptible to change at the same time.
The federal government shouldn’t telling us how to live our lives. The government is prohibiting us to text and drive, talk and drive, smoke around children. We as citizens need to learn to resolve these matters with guidelines not demands. We will never grow as a society if the government continues to put restrictions on our every movement. If one person makes an error and all of sudden there is law to make sure their error never happens again, we will have so many laws we will become puppets to the government. The way the laws are influencing our lives may cause this domino effect.
Freedom in the United States has become increasingly constricted since 2001. Not only did the terrorist attacks of September 11 have a drastic effect on the U.S. economy, but our nation 's response has tested the limits of America 's core freedoms.
We now have law regulating everything. We are forced to wear seat belts, we have to wear motorcycle helmets, kids have to ride in the back seat, smokers can't even smoke outside, the government wants to regulate abortion, religion, sex, child discipline, marriage, and free speech. They want to control what you can post on the web, what your kids wear to school, where you can walk across the street, what you can say at the office, where you can pray, where you can get high, who you have sex with, what kind of sex you have, what jokes you can tell, and when you can spank your children.
common believe in America that we, the people, are free. But now is becoming more like
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness— these were the unalienable rights our forefathers bestowed upon our new nation when drafting the Declaration of Independence; what a far cry from independent our nation has become. Our forefathers guaranteed life and freedom, and the pursuit of happiness; happiness was not a guarantee, but set forth as a challenge for every individual to define and actively pursue for themselves. Surely, when our forefathers declared independence from an oppressive and overbearing king they did not intend for the American Government to become a maternal state that coddles its citizens. Sadly, we have become just that: a nation of citizens dependent upon our government for everything from putting food in our stomachs, to saving money for our retirement.
Has the balance between personal freedom and the government's responsibility to provide health and welfare of its citizens been eroded? The answer to that is No. Yes, there should be a balance between personal freedom and the government’s responsibility to provide health and welfare of its citizens. Personal freedom is one of the great perks of being an US citizen. The ability to choose for yourself and not have a dictatorship telling you what you can and cannot do is priceless. Yes, USA is a free country but if someone is requesting assistance from the government, like with any other entity, there are rules and regulations to follow. Times have changed amongst everything from types of food healthy for people to technology used to help cure diseases.
We live in this country for the land, and the for the free as Americans we rely on many attributes in this world in order for us to live our lives. Our government has supplied us with many great things for us to be proud of. Our government is “the institutions and processes though which public policies are made for society.” (Edwards, Wattenberg, and Lineberry, p. 7). With all these institutions which includes the President, Congress, the courts and all the federal administrative agencies. These are the institutions that make up public policies for us, and to shape the way we live as Americans. The way this system has been operating through all the years has been
The common thought of most Americans living in the United States that it is the greatest country on planet earth, and second is not even close. They believe this notion because of the freedoms this great nation was founded on: The freedom of religion, the freedom of speech, the freedom of assembly. These freedoms turn into more simplistic generalities that are assumed and exercised by Americans daily, such as the freedom of choice. Although the freedom of choice is a right given to us at birth, it is a right that the federal government of the greatest nation on earth is slowly starting to rescind. Lets take health care for example, or most specifically, obesity. Law makers are slowing starting to