And that’s one of my big problems with the left. I think the US, despite many things I disagree with, is the pinnacle of civilization so far. To place it in moral equivalency with evil regimes and kleptocracies is intellectually dishonest. – Alan
America is not an Evil Empire, and yes, we still are more free than just about anywhere else on the planet. Maybe we don’t have all the specific freedoms we want, we have some work to do, but we are still comparatively very free.