For several years, our civil liberties have been under attack. It’s hard to believe they are in jeopardy and it is even scarier that few people seem to be paying attention. Here are some major freedoms we have lost in recent years.
1.The Right To Vote
State legislators across the country are attempting to or have changed or denied our right to vote in elections. They do this under the guise of stopping voter fraud (although there is no hard evidence that voter fraud is an issue). This new voter suppression legislation mostly affects American minorities, the elderly, and students.
2.The Freedom To Marry Whomever We Want
While we’ve made some good strides with some states changing legislation to allow gay marriage, it is shocking how many states still refuse people the basic right to decide who they want to marry. And this isn’t just an issue facing the LGBTQ community. A few years ago, a Louisiana judge refused to wed a white girl and an African American boy on the grounds that life would be too difficult for their (non-existent) children. Government has not right in our personal lives and that includes who we marry.
3.The Freedom to Bear Arms
No one wants to see or hear about terrible mass shootings enacted by disturbed individuals who should never have been allowed near a gun. But what is even scarier is the idea that the government is using these terrible tragedies as a scare tactic to remove every American’s right to protect themselves and bear arms. Our Second Amendment gives us the right to protect ourselves, from harm and from a government that means us harm; but slowly, the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves have been chipped away.http://www.salon.com/2012/08/31/ten_ways_americans_have_lost_their_freedom/
4.The Right to Become a United States Citizen
Immigration reform and illegal immigration is a hot-button issue that divides many people. Those who oppose immigration insist that “illegals” are taking jobs from Americans and draining tax-dollars with medical bills, by going on welfare, and through sending their children to public schools. But it seems many people, including the government have forgotten that our country was built on immigrants and that we have a long standing tradition of granting citizenship to people who work hard and deserve it.
5.Freedom from Government Interference in Our Private
Lives This is probably the most frightening right that we have lost in recent years. After the horrific events of 9-11, the United States Government enacted a broad, sweeping law the essentially gave the government the right to delve into all parts of our personal lives. All in the name of protecting us from terrorist, of course. The enactment of the Patriot Act has allowed the government to put American citizens under surveillance, and given them access to personal phone records, and emails. It even extended the government’s grasp of what and who can be confiscated, often without the government having to answer or justify their actions.