Every year a group of think tanks get together and rand the levels of freedom in countries around the world.
The US has been slipping downwards since 2000. Last year we ranked 17th in the world for liberty but this year has seen the US slip another three places and we now rank 20th.
It would be easy for the Democrats to blame the Republicans for this and for the Republicans to blame the Democrats, but the the reality of the matter is that both parties are complicit in this. The War on Drugs, the War on Terror and the laws designed to support those efforts such as The patriot Act have been supported by both parties. The net result is that we, as a people, are losing our freedoms…quickly.
At what point do we decide enough is enough and work together to stop that loss and work towards regaining those freedoms? If we don’t start to act soon it may well be too late.
For those who are interested, there is an article on the rankings here. And (drum roll please) here is the listing from this year’s report:
1. Hong Kong
5. New Zealand
9. United Kingdom
And then finally..
20. United States
Just after the U.S.,
21. Czech Republic