The Land of The Free
The Land of the Free
Land of the Free
After enjoying a great 4th of July holiday, I have had the thought come across my mind, “Are we really living in the land of the free?”
The Star Spangled Banner lyrics include:
“…the land of the free, and the home of the brave.”
As I thought more about this lyric, I have come to the conclusion that a great percentage of the USA’s population is really not free.
What does freedom look like? To most people, it would seem that freedom is the ability to do what you want, when you want, and where you want.
Also, most people think of freedom of religion or freedoms to assemble.
The question I ask of you is this, “Can you really do what you want, when you want?”
Most people have become a slave to money. In order to survive, which means paying the mortgage, car payment and the like, they have to show up at work everyday. They get to have a whole hour for lunch and can only go home at 5pm. Whenever the boss says jump, they have to say how high.
I know from my own experience that personal events always had to be put on hold. I got my two weeks of vacation, but I had to take them when it was convenient for my boss. Family parties and even some holidays were compromised due to work functions!
As I am writing this article, I am getting ready to speak on a conference call for entrepreneurs about the tax benefits of having a home based business. These types of calls go on every single day in the US, yet few people seem to break free and really be free.
Are you really free? If you would like to be, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Look at any of the pages on there for ways to get free! If you cannot find any, email me!
Until then, Steve
Updated for 2012
Sitting in my hotel room. It is July 4th. I looked back on this hub and decided that there has been no significant change for most Americans. In fact, it has gotten worse.
Let's look at it:
1.) Mortgage foreclosures are still happening
2.) Many people are upside down in their houses
3.) Unemployment remains high
4.) Interest rates are still below 1% - the sign of a weak economy
5.) We are talking about QE3 - more money printing!
6.) The president just passed another tax in the form of health care reform
7.) And on and on!
We are coming up on another presidential joke of a year. Some call it an election. I saw the first round of presidential ads. If you look at them on the surface, not one person deserves to be president!
I have no idea when Americans will wake up to the fact that they are not really free. We are being forced to get health care or be taxed. If you owe the IRS a certain amount of money, they can take your passport. In some states, the domestic relations section can take your passport. Are these signs of freedom?
Sure, we are allowed to worship as we please. We can travel within the US for the most part.
But still, less than 5% of the population can really say they are free. The rest of us have to show up at a job everyday and scratch out a living.
What are you doing to gain your financial freedom? Humor a 50 year old man and take my survey!!! Thanks in advance.