This is something that has been weighing on my mind and recently when I had the pleasure of speaking to a rather well-articulated English-speaking illegal immigrant (which, forgive me for pulling out a rather judgmental little stereotype, seemed to be a rare occurrence) who brought up the concept of 'False American Freedom', did I realize I have a wide variety of opinions on this matter. Which I've reluctantly decided to discuss, despite the fact that there are more than likely a few 'blind patriots' among a freethinking society.
So, is America the 'Land of the Free' or are we simply naive enough to believe it? Despite the concept of being allowed to worship or not worship freely, this society and government alike (odd concept) shuns non-conformists and has, in the past, murdered non-conformists. Naturally people are going to gravitate towards the never-ending argument of 'First Amendment Rights', which I find as hypocritical as 'lawfully' banning Gay marriage. To attempt to argue that this country's laws weren't founded primarily from a religious perspective is to not be a very bright person, however unfortunate that may be it does not make the statement any less accurate. While society claims to be, and for arguments sake might be, a more open-minded nation, actions still speak louder than words and in my opinion I would say society has a rather long way to go.
In certain areas of this country it is technically against the law to engage in oral sex and while it's unlikely that these laws are enforced today they were at one point considered a rather serious offense. Making oral sex illegal has absolutely nothing to do with the government, ....unless of course you happen to be Bill Clinton. Only in a religious society would adultery be a reason to ultimately impeach someone, of course the real issue was lying under oath, but why was there a reason to have to give an explanation in the first place? In what way was that affecting the way things were being 'governed' other than the fact that the incestual Bible apparently states otherwise. Never mind basing a judicial system off a clearly contradicting little work of literature, but also compromising a false amendment.
And speaking of legal action in the case of sexual orientations, what about the apparent banning of Gay marriage? What is 'political' about making it illegal for two people to be married? While it is my personal opinion that marriage is a highly sanctimonious little ceremony, it is also a legal binding contract by "law" and therefore since apparently (or ignorantly assumed) religion and politics are separate affairs it is rather –ahem- “unconstitutional” to make it illegal for two people of the same sex to engage in a ceremonial marriage.
Yet, I am not specifically stating that no form of freedom exists, trust me I am not that redundant. I mean, where else could you protest being deported for being an illegal immigrant? Let alone only face deportation as “punishment”? Arguing the injustice of being kicked out of a country you are liable to be ‘stealing from’ (for lack of a better term) is sort of like fucking for virginity, wouldn’t you say?
Never the less I think the concept of being a free nation is ultimately a rather misleading title. I understand that people are likely to bring up the concept of our country actually being ‘free’ from the Church of England, however I also think that the phrase “Land of the Free” was instilled way after that during a certain iconic war, regardless the concept is still inaccurate. Basically, the only people who claim freedom and may feel the effects of being free are those conforming to a rather generalized morale and they are the same people making the less than closed-minded people feel as they are not actually considered free.
I am not even one-hundred percent positive if I have a valid point here, not that I was really intending to have one… just a small rant I suppose and hopefully others may find it to be a relatable concept. If not, well we all adore a good debate, right? ;)