I've just been having an online chat with an Army guy who keeps saying that the fact that we're arguing means we're free.
I've heard this argument before, usually from military guys (perhaps there's no correlation there), that because we're free to express our opinions, that's proof we're free, living in the freest country one earth, filled with freedom-loving patriots.
Okay. Can't you express your complaints in prison, too? Doesn't mean you're free.
The government owns your land. If you don't believe this, try not paying them your rent... I mean, taxes.
The government owns your personal life. If you don't believe this, try having any illegal drugs in your house when the government decides to search it (for which they no longer need a warrant, if they're smart enough to do it right).
The government owns your children. If you don't believe this, ask the FLDS members in Texas.
The government owns your communications. If you don't believe this, just ask Bush, or his flavor of the week attorney general.
The government owns your work. If you don't believe this, try not paying your income tax.
What do you own? The right to complain.
I'm feeling rather free right now. How about you?