America is no longer a “free country.”
The 10th Amendment to the US Constitution has effectively been repealed.
The 10th Amendment states in full, that
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
This amendment is one of the enforcers of the so-called “limited government”. However, it has effectively been repealed by progressive interpretation of the “commerce clause”, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3, which states “The Congress shall have Power”
To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with the Indian Tribes;
I submit that because of the pervasively interconnected nature of our modern economy, virtually anything that pertains to a coercive power of the State can be somehow related to “commerce among the several states.”
Therefore any restriction of the the federal government established under the 10th amendment can now be overridden by said progressive interpretation of commerce. And the commerce clause can be interpreted to eventually make the federal government all-powerful.
The recent take over of health care insurance is a prime example.
Until the progressive interpretation of the commerce clause is overturned, we can expect that the concept of “limited government” and the concept that “America is a free country” no longer prevail.