Today is the birthday of our basic freedoms.
Freedom of speech - eroding through bills such as the hate crimes bill that polices thought.
Freedom of the press- stifled by naming everything an interest of national security
Freedom of religion-which was to keep the government out of the church not to offer tax exemption and threaten to take it away at every turn.
The right to bear arms- originally to secure a free nation. The people are now hopelessly outgunned if the nation becomes tyrannical.
The freedom that ensures that no one can be denied liberty without due process: there are several bills since the Patriot Act that reduce this right to a joke.
If you give up a little liberty to gain security you deserve neither and will lose both-Benjamin Franklin.
Happy birthday America. You are still free...for the moment.