The government can whittle away at our freedoms partially because younger people don't know what freedom looks like. They weren't around in freer days, so they don't know what was lost, or what freedoms might have been theirs.
They're much like Winston in 1984, who sought out old men, trying to learn clues as to what life was like before Big Brother ruled Oceania.
Here is an example of what real freedom once looked like in America:
Back in the late 1980s (I think it was in 1986), I flew from New York City to Washington D.C. It was a last minute thing. I took a taxi to La Guardia Airport to catch the hourly shuttle from NY to DC. I think Pan Am ran it back then, but I'm not sure about that.
* I had no reservation. I don't think anyone did for those shuttles.
* I bought my ticket at the last minute.
* I bought no return flight.
* I paid in cash.
* I had no luggage.
* I showed no I.D.
I simply hopped on the plane to DC. It was like getting on the subway. A few of hours later, I flew back from DC to NY. Same routine. Cash, no reservation, no luggage, no I.D.
That's what freedom once looked liked in America.
For another peek at real freedom, see what it looks like today in Canada.
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