Here are a few things to think about this Fourth of July:
Just for a moment, can we stop chanting that “USA is number one”?
Can we remove the patriotic blinders for a moment and take a look at the categories in which we are actually number one? Because it’s certainly not freedom.
According to the 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index released in November, in the measure of personal freedom, the United States has fallen from 9th place in 2010 to 21st worldwide—behind such countries as Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Uruguay and Costa Rica.
Other such rankings systems show the US as low as 46. Yet somehow, Americans still believe their leaders when they say that terrorists “hate our freedom,” as if the ‘terrorists’ took down the first 45 freest countries and are just now getting to us!
No, we are most assuredly not number one in freedom.
But, we are however number 1 in the following:
* prison population
* child abuse death rate
* hours spent in front of the TV
* teen pregnancy rate
* prescription drug use
* citizens killed by police
* arbitrary, immoral, and downright evil laws
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I'm quite happy to be a citizen of the US. Sometimes I even feel blessed. But I'm no longer proud of our country. We are going to hell in a handbasket, and if we do not cope with our numerous problems soon, there will be no country left to save.