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Land of the Free-est

Land of the Free-est


Guest comic strip by Awut:

Based off the "Which country has the most freedom" articles in the news recently. (us Americans were very upset that we weren't ranked #1 :'D )

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/nz-leads-worldwide-in-human-freedom-5314956
http://www.fraserinstitute.org/uploadedFiles/fraser-ca/Content/research-news/research/publications/ch3-an-index-of-freedom-in-the-world.pdf (pdf)


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Artwork and joke by Awut http://awutcomic.com/

20th March 2013

Tagged in Netherlands New Zealand Hong Kong America Wales

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397 Comments:
 
11 days ago #9349103        

Actually @Netherlands, you were first in the tally for 'personal freedom'.



25 days ago #9343823        

It was bound to happen. After all, we are still horribly divided on the homosexual marriages issues. And I think feminine equality issues are making a comeback.



1 month ago #9341173        

Hong Kong actually exists as a character! unfortunately all its foreign affairs are China's so I guess this will be a one shot
*sob*



2 months ago #9333358        

Hm. I bet it's the "legal discrimination against homosexuals and women's freedoms" bit that kicked us down.


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Mecharic

21 M
2 months ago #9328301        

WE ARE THE FREE (to be in debt) AND THE BRAVE (to not hide from police)!



2 months ago #9324059        

Ah, @Jawshk and @KOaKO. Either the country is a dystopian hellhole or a pristine utopia.

KOaKO may be indulging in a bit of hyperbole, but he does bring up one good point. With a No Knock Warrant, he would indeed be in danger of being shot in his home.
Imagine sitting in your home. Suddenly the door is bashed in. This is not accompanied by "POLICE!" or any other sort of warning. The people now in your home are heavily armed, but they're not in uniform and are wearing hoods. In fact, they look pretty much like a bunch of extremely dangerous home invaders.
Many Americans would choose to go for their guns. And why not? Wouldn't a red-blooded American defend family and home? Except in this case you're better off being a lily-livered pacifist.
Take Kathryn Johnston, aged 92, that experienced the scenario above. She fired a warning shot into the ceiling, and was promptly shot by three officers. Two officers were indeed wounded, although that was by other police officers.
Of course, if you successfully defend your home, you're almost worse off. Now you've wounded or killed some cops, even though you had no idea. The courts won't be lenient.
Tracy Ingle found armed people lurking inside his house, and tried to scare them off with a toy gun. Five shots later, he ended in intensive care. At least briefly, until he was pulled out, questioned, and arrested. No incriminating evidence was found at the site, so the raid may have been pointless, but at least they could book that dangerous criminal with assault on the officers that shot him.

Some terrible blemishes on an otherwise nice country. No matter how much you love the place, you shouldn't be blind to such things, though.
Take Japan. Lovely place. Oh, what's that? The police *suspected* that some random guy might have had a small amount of soft drugs? Time to throw that guy in a dark room and terrorize him for days or longer without telling him what's going on. Better hope he has some connections, because you're pretty much automatically guilty at that point.
No country is perfect. The sooner we get our heads out of our asses, the sooner we can try to improve.



Jawshk

20 M
3 months ago #9312027        

>This country is rapidly turning into a heavy-handed police state where you WILL do what you are told, or you will be imprisoned or shot in the street.

>The very LAST thing I want to do in the case of any trouble is call the police, or I might possibly be shot or arrested in my own living room as a result of some obscure law out of 3,000,000. (Or, if you live in California, out of 500,000,000.)

There is so much wrong with these two statements it's absolutely ridiculous. 7th in the world as far as freedom goes means the US is a police state? I can only assume you are referring to the recent episodes with Police officers. The recent protests are idiotic because both of the protests revolved around two people WHO GAVE THE OFFICERS A REASON to fear for their lives. Then what, the "protests" consisted largely of looting, mugging, and of course, targetting police officers for murder. Here's a brilliant piece of logic, don't charge a police officer, don't attack a police officer, don't point a gun at a police officer, if you do any of these three things, the police officer will likely use force against you, if you give them reason to believe their life is in danger, they will likely respond by removing that danger... If you truly believe we live in a police state, perhaps you should move to a country like China to actually see what something CLOSE to one looks like.

I mean, take one good look at those rankings, we're still above majority of Europe as far as freedom goes, (not to offend, just pointing out that the US is far from a fascist state), and yet you have the audacity to say the US is turning into a "do as you say or die" sort of country?



KOakaKO

48 M
4 months ago #9300320        

Us Americans aren't upset at this, we're just not surprised at all. (Many of us.) This country is rapidly turning into a heavy-handed police state where you WILL do what you are told, or you will be imprisoned or shot in the street. The very LAST thing I want to do in the case of any trouble is call the police, or I might possibly be shot or arrested in my own living room as a result of some obscure law out of 3,000,000. (Or, if you live in California, out of 500,000,000.)

This is why the current protests over police policies in the U.S. will not die down. People protest police behavior, and the police respond with a typical "show of force" - often with the help of the military. Everyone around suddenly sees WHICH side is causing the problem, and the protests simply spread wider - get bigger - move into every city in the country. And the politicians say, "the problem is obviously profiling so they need more training", which every sensible person realizes is stupid political nonsense.

The ridiculous police state we live in today should have been protested against like this ten, maybe twenty, years ago - or more. The shooting of college students at Kent State University in 1970 were the result of a "show of force" against protesters. Today we have protesters all over the U.S. being given a "show of force" by the very people they are protesting against.

We will either STOP behaving as though the police are a military force, or we will end up with an event that makes Kent State look like a Sunday picnic. Over the past 45 years the so-called "leaders" of our country have ignored the lessons of the past and just continued to make things worse. They will either quickly learn to behave like civilized human beings, or we in the U.S. will be in for a very bad 2015...

(end-rant)



4 months ago #9299487        

Freedom is where, as a community, you simply don't care what people do with each other. Kinda hard to be one of the most free countries when you start persecuting minorities, 'murica. :P



5 months ago #9287182        

And I'm proud to be an American, where at least I know all the minorities have been brutally murdered by the government...



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