It’s official: under Republican rule, the United States has dropped to 35th place on the list of free nations in the world from 22nd in 2005; this according to the Worldwide Governance Indicators Report and last Friday’s TIME Magazine.
The report ranks nations by the amount of freedom citizens have to voice opinions, choose their government, and the amount of restrictions on the 4th Estate.Ã‚Â The US dropped due to increased restrictions on the press and a decreased trust in public officials (hear that Republicans!).Ã‚Â We come in at 83.7 percent, trailing Canada at 94.7 percent and Australia at 93.8 percent and the UK at 92.8 percent.
Worst country: Burma with a perfect score of zero.Ã‚Â Iraq, in spite of all the progress the surge is making in this new Democracy, scores zero to 10 percent range.Ã‚Â Even Iran and Afghanistan are in the 10 percent to 25 percent range.
Tops in Freedom: Denmark with 100 percent.Ã‚Â Citizens pay high taxes, government runs many industries.Ã‚Â Citizens get universal healthcare, housing and education subsidies.Ã‚Â They have low crime rates.Ã‚Â No other countries are pissed off at them for invading a sovereign nation that didn’t attack (NOTE TO STEVEN GREENHUT — please read more about Denmark’s government and the nation’s society and try to make sense of how heavy taxes and large government run programs somehow equates to #1 in Freedom worldwide; not being snarky, but would love your take on it.Ã‚Â
Other Scandanavian countries scored significantly higher in the category of “freedom” than the US.Ã‚Â Iceland beat us.Ã‚Â Iceland. Now I love my country, but to lose out on freedoms to Iceland is a low blow.Ã‚Â
And yes, Republicans, this has all happened on your watch.Ã‚Â You can’t blame Bill Clinton for this.Ã‚Â He’s been out of office for seven years now.Ã‚Â As I titled this post, Land of the (Mostly) Free, and I’m not sure I’d consider the current administration very brave.Ã‚Â Brazen yes.Ã‚Â Brave, no.
Are their lessons we can learn from these nations to improve our lives and our freedoms and get US back into the top ten?Ã‚Â It may require a change of parties at 1600 Penn. Ave to do so.