Wednesday, September 13, 2006

America, the land of the free

America is the land of the free, right? That is what they told us in grade school. America is the free-est country in the world. Then why are we the world's leaders in imprisoning our population? Over 2 million Americans are incarcerated right now. 60% of those people are in jail for victimless crimes. Isn't freedom being allowed to do whatever you want to do as long as it doesn't impede on the freedoms of others? Then why are so many of our fellow Americans incarcerated. Prison is the opposite of freedom. In prison you are stripped of all your freedoms.
Did our forefathers not demand that we have the right to pursue happiness? One person's pursuit of happiness might involve getting high. Another's might be gambling. Another's might be consorting with prostititutes. Whatever someone's idea of happiness is America's government has no right denying it. As long as America continues to deny freedom to those whose happiness is not popular, and does not impede on others, we can not be regarded as the land of the free anymore.

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