In America, we have many freedoms that people in other parts of the world can only dream of. These freedoms include the right to free speech, freedom of religion, and the right to vote. Freedom is the ability to do what you choose with your life without breaking laws that were made for the good of everyone.

We are not truly free in the purest sense, but we do have many freedoms. Americans choose what kind of job they have and can get rewarded for doing a great job. However, we are not truly free. Freedom is symbiotic with financial security. Those with more money actually have a reasonable chance at getting elected into a major public office, while those with no money for advertising are given no chance by the media. In the 1998 election, 23 different people ran for governor in California. However, only four candidates aired commercials on television (the four richest) and these four were the only candidates allowed at public TV debates. Not surprisingly, Dan Lungren, the only major (rich) Republican candidate carried 980f the Republican votes, easily beating his closest opponent, while the three major Democratic candidates combined for more than 99% of the Democratic votes, easily beating the other four Democrats running for governor.

The fact that true freedoms only come with financial and economic security is also evident in the courts. Those with more money can pay for better lawyers and often win cases in which the educated public thought otherwise. Examples of court cases in which rich people won while the public thought differently include the O.J. Simpson trial, the Rae Carruth trial, and the Ray Lewis trial.

Gilbert Quinonez The U.S. government allows the most freedoms possible in a civilized society. However, the government and I agree in that this society's people are not emotionally civilized. Extremely rich businessmen try to do things to help improve their already tremendous, unspendable mountain...

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