The United States is normally credited for being a free country. People talk about the US like it's the messiah of all free countries, but that's not the truth. Not only have we recently fallen to number 20 on the list of the freest locations, but our crime rate is rising. Most crimes in the US in the past 6 months are motivated by the belief that some people should have fewer rights than others, being racist, sexist, etc.
Hong Kong is currently ranked number one as the freest place in the world with a freedom index of 9.04. The US appears at number 20 with an index of 8.26, and that number is going down week by week. You may be thinking to yourself that the numbers I just told you are too close together to make a huge difference. This is very true. Out of all 152 locations ranked on the national freedom index we are "on top."
By no means are we one of the repressed countries. We aren't even in the "moderately free" category. We are a completely free country according to the list, but I would like you to recognize that we are not the country we used to be. We are no longer living in THE free country. We are living in A free country.