Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set. - Adlai Stevenson
The U.S., considered by the lion's share of the patriotic, is a freedom loving, land of liberty. I used to believe as much myself, until I realized the many ways our present government controls the lives of its average citizens. I don't think people realize the fascist state they live under in this country, though some talk of losing freedoms. Those in political power are making criminals out of us.
Some tourists, amateur photographers, even would-be filmmakers hoping to make it big on YouTube could soon be forced to obtain a city permit and $1 million in liability insurance before taking pictures or filming on city property, including sidewalks.And as they move toward criminalization, they make slaves of the state through fines as penalties for that criminalization.
New rules being considered by the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting would require any group of two or more people who want to use a camera in a single public location for more than a half hour to get a city permit and insurance.
“These rules will apply to a huge range of casual photography and filming, including tourists taking snapshots and people making short videos for YouTube,” said Christopher Dunn, the group’s (NY Civil Liberties Union) associate legal director....Your everyday person out there with a camcorder is never going to know about the rules,” Mr. Dunn said. “It completely opens the door to discriminatory enforcement of the permit requirements, and that is of enormous concern to us because the people who are going to get pointed out are the people who have dark skin or who are shooting in certain locations.”
Virginia motorists convicted of minor traffic violations will face a new, multi-year tax beginning July 1. Led by state Delegate David B. Albo (R-Springfield), lawmakers slipped a driver responsibility tax into a larger transportation funding bill signed by Governor Tim Kaine (D) in April. Albo, a senior partner in the Albo & Oblon, LLP traffic law firm, can expect to see a significant increase in business as motorists seek to protect their wallet from traffic tickets that come with assessments of up to $3000 in addition to an annual point tax that tops out at $700 a year for as long as the points remain.Slavery is defined as the condition of being subject or addicted to a specified influence. Slavery in this country was considered abolished in the 1860's, but slavery still lives so long as people allow their considerations of government to stagnate under its oppressive rule. Generally, I don't think people realize how they are both subject and addicted to mother government.