Where has the “Land of the Brave, Home of the Free” gone?

In grade school, we are indoctrinated to believe we are a great nation. We thought we had freedom; we imagined we were a land of heroes. What is happening to us?

Libby Winkler

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Where has the “Land of the Brave, Home of the Free” gone?

From the fervent recitations of the Pledge of Allegiance in grade school classrooms to the grandiose fireworks of the Fourth of July, the ethos of America as the “Land of the Brave, Home of the Free” has been etched deeply into the national consciousness.

It’s a narrative that speaks to the core of the American dream, promising freedom, opportunity, and justice for all.

Yet, as we navigate the tumultuous waters of current affairs, one can’t help but wonder: What has become of this storied nation?

In recent years, the stark dichotomy between the ideals espoused by some factions within the Republican Party and the lived realities of countless Americans has cast a long shadow over the nation’s founding principles.

Claims of championing freedom ring hollow against a backdrop of policies and rhetoric that seem to undermine the very essence of liberty and justice.

The Erosion of Civil Liberties

The cornerstone of any free society is the protection of civil liberties—tthe rights that safeguard an individual’s freedom from infringement by governments, social organizations, and private individuals. Yet, we find ourselves in an era where these liberties are under threat. Voting rights, a fundamental tenet of democracy, have been systematically eroded in numerous states with legislation that disproportionately affects marginalized communities, making it harder for them to vote.

Freedom of the press, another pillar of democracy, has been under siege, with journalists facing vilification and threats, undermining their ability to hold power to account.

The rhetoric of “fake news” has been weaponized to discredit reporting that is critical of governmental actions, eroding public trust in essential institutions.

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Libby Winkler

Freelance writer who loves exploring the messiness of humanity, while poking around in nooks of life and shining light on all the things that make us complex..