Listen I don't want to insight any kind of negativity on such a great thread, but there is an enormous amount of hypocrisy being practiced here.
You can't call our founding fathers the epitome of personal, religious, and political freedom when they were prominent slavers their entire
existence. The founding of all American "freedom" was cut from Native American flesh, and then ridden on the backs of kidnapped Africans. When you
totally take the freedom from all else around you, I bet you'd feel pretty free yourself.
That's just Jefferson and Franklin. I saw Reagan being quoted as well. Yes, Reagan, who committed high treason against his own country using drugs
that HE criminalized and deaths of hundreds, if not many thousands.
Its the aristocracy who has ALWAYS been free. Its easy to be "free" when you control everything.
I would argue that mankind hasn't been "free" since before language was invented tens of thousands of years ago.