Happy 4th of July: Here are 10 Ways America is Number 1 — That are No Reason for Celebration

4th-of-july-muricaBy Matt Agorist

As Americans don their red white and blue sequence bar-b-que aprons and raise their flags, ironically made in China, in an effort to “celebrate their freedom,” we should be asking ourselves this 4th of July, what freedoms do Americans really have?

We are under constant surveillance, our every move under a microscope by government goons, “protecting us” from “terrorists.”

We are under the constant threat of violence from the State for possessing a plant, or having a tail light out, or simply walking down the street.

Americans are constantly paranoid of those blue and red lights popping up in the rearview mirror that most always end in extortion and could very well end with a visit to the hospital, being locked in a cage, or worse.

In the Land of the Free, police killed more people in just one month of this year than the United Kingdom has in the entire 20th century.

In the Land of the Free, police kill at more than 70 times the rate of other first world nations.

In the Land of the Free, we are told to “fear the terrorists” but US police kill 58 times more people than all terrorist activity against US civilians since 9-11!

State-sanctioned deprivation of rights, liberty, and life, is that what we call “Freedom” these days? The exact opposite of what the founders meant when they signed the Declaration of Independence.

Sadly, when people do begin to question this paradigm of violence against the citizens and the usurping of freedom, blame is quickly associated and directed toward whichever corporate puppet is in charge, then they just go back to sleep — resolute in the notion that they can vote those bastards out and it will all be fixed.

Boobus Americanus then slips back into la la land, cheering on the police state as if they are fans on a football stadium sideline. “My team is winning! USA! USA! USA!”

But your team is not winning, Boobus!

Just for a moment, can we stop chanting that “USA is number one”?

Can we remove the patriotic blinders for a moment and take a look at the categories in which we are actually number one? Because it’s certainly not freedom.

According to the 2014 Legatum Prosperity Index released in November, in the measure of personal freedom, the United States has fallen from 9th place in 2010 to 21st worldwide—behind such countries as Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Uruguay and Costa Rica.

Other such rankings systems show the US as low as 46. Yet somehow, Americans still believe their leaders when they say that terrorists “hate our freedom,” as if the ‘terrorists’ took down the first 45 freest countries and are just now getting to us!

No, we are most assuredly not number one in freedom.

But, we are however number 1 in,

Prison Population:

The job of law enforcement in America today is enforcing every arbitrary edict in the land to maximize profits for just a few private prison companies who are paid with stolen money (taxes). Because order followers don’t question any of their orders, it has lead to 65 million Americans (about 22% of the population) having criminal records. 

Many of these criminal records are because of simple drug possession. An individual with a criminal history finds it extremely difficult to find a job or a place to live. People become desperate for life’s necessities so they resort to violent crime and will get a job on the black market selling drugs, which will lead to more time in jail.

This vicious cycle has become a phenomenon known only as recidivism.


Of all the major industrialized nations, America is the most obese. Mexico is #2.

Child abuse death rate:

The United States has the highest child abuse death rate in the world. Many of these deaths happen in State-approved foster homes after children are ripped from their parents’ arms because their parent took part in some arbitrary victimless crime, like smoking marijuana.

Hours spent in front of the television:

Nobody watches more television per week (28 hours) than Americans do. Americans are far better at keeping up with the Kardashians than they are about putting an end to government corruption.

Teen Pregnancy Rate:

The US leads the world, by a wide margin in teen pregnancies. This is in spite of public schools offering vaginal implants for birth control to 11-year-old girls without their parents’ permission.

Prescription Drug Use:

Americans are not even close to being in the top 10 healthiest countries in the world, despite consuming far more prescription drugs than the rest of the world.

Citizens Killed by Police:

In Canada, the total number of citizens killed by law enforcement officers in the year 2015, was 23; 52 times less than the U.S.

If we look at the United Kingdom, police killed 3 people in 2015, one person in 2014, and 0 in 2013. English police reportedly fired guns a total of three times in all of 2013, with zero reported fatalities.

From 2010 through 2015, there were eight fatal police shootings in England, which has a population of about 52 million. By contrast, Albuquerque, N.M., with a population 1 percent the size of England’s, is approaching 40 fatal police shootings in that same time period.

China, whose population is 4 and 1/2 times the size of the United States, recorded 4 killings by law enforcement officers in 2015. Police in America killed 302 times more people than China!

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The United States has accumulated the biggest mountain of government debt in the history of the world.

As for the citizens, there is more credit card debt in America than anywhere else in the world. There is more mortgage debt in America than anywhere else in the world. And, there is more student loan debt in America than anywhere else in the world.


According to nationmaster.com, the United States has the most total reported crimes in the world, by a long shot.

Arbitrary, immoral and downright evil laws:

How ironic is it that the Land of the Free has the most laws on the entire planet?

Attorney Harvey Silverglate argues that the average American commits three felonies a day without even knowing it. Although it has been estimated that there are over 3000 types of federal criminal offenses, no one knows the exact number for sure.

At any given time, a police officer could walk up to you and find you in violation of some arbitrary law. It is a mathematical certainty.

So, next time your chest begins to fill with patriotic puff, stop for a second and realize that Americans are number one, but in such a bad way.

In the meantime, however, we still have the freedom in this country to inform ourselves and others. Only through a lesser ignorance will these horrid tyrannical traits subside.

Humanity is involved in a struggle, as we have always been, but there are much more of us now. Inciting peaceful change has never been more important. However, so many well-meaning individuals go about inciting this change with blunt force. This has to change.

If you truly want to make the world a more peaceful place, you have to become a more peaceful person. Petty infighting, personal attacks, vitriol, and hate are the tools of tyrants and also of those who only claim to be awake.

Peace is true professionalism.

Next time you’re cringing in a public setting, listening to Joe Six Pack spout off NFL stats like an ESPN commentator, wait for an opportune time and plant a seed.

Hey Joe, speaking of the Kansas City Chiefs, what do you think of wide receiver, Dwayne Bowe and his arrest for having weed? Do you think its cool that he was deprived of his freedom for having a plant? How can we legitimately call this country the land of the free when that can happen to someone?

Be the change that you want to see in this world.

Matt Agorist is the co-founder of TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. .

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13 Comments on "Happy 4th of July: Here are 10 Ways America is Number 1 — That are No Reason for Celebration"

  1. America’s Founding Fathers would all be convicted felons today. Conversely, if today’s “leaders” were running the show during the 1770’s and 1780’s, they would be bowing before King George III

  2. It’s unbelievable that there’s just one comment here. What”s wrong with you people of America? You can’t stand the truth? America is the worst country in the world for trying to control and police the planet. This needs to change. Write in Bernie Sanders for President and start to turn around the stats back to 1959.

    • You are so dam right.
      But sadly, it is over for America.
      Because of the criminal enterprise known as Private Central Banking.
      Watch ALL WARS ARE BANKERS WARS, by Michael Rivero
      If you don’t, then your own ignorance is the cause of toilet-time for tiny town.

      • Sadly I left America, my home, family, friends and my life in 1971. Reason? Look up ‘Kent State Massacre’. The picture on the cover of ‘LIFE’ magazine made me puke. I bought a sailboat and sailed away to the South Pacific. I’m on a peaceful island and will be here until I die. But I feel for family I left behind. I talk to my sister and she screams at me because I tell her Hillary is evil. My sister says that HRC is the best SOS that ever was. And that she will make a fine President. I puke again. This is the main problem with a once great nation. But then again, looking back on the history of America from the beginning, just how great was it. Ask the ‘Indians’ how great it was. Ask the slaves that were kidnapped from their own countries and bought and sold like animals, etc, etc.

        • “”But then again, looking back on the history of America from the beginning, just how great was it. Ask the ‘Indians’ how great it was. Ask the slaves that were kidnapped from their own countries and bought and sold like animals, etc, etc.””

          You need to STOP with the Bill Ayers revisionist historical perspective on American history. Read some meaningful books on the subject NOT WRITTEN BY LEFTISTS and put some low-hanging fruit on your tree of knowledge. You appear stupid writing what you did.

          • That’s not ‘revisionist’ history, that is truth, you were taught the lies, a true revision of history to support an agenda

          • Pyra Gorgon | July 6, 2016 at 6:47 pm |

            Take the blue pill and wake up and believe whatever you want to believe, then. You’ve been told, you have no excuse for ill-formed opinions now.

          • The ‘truth’ is the red pill fool….The Native tribes were in fact attacked with military might and wiped out, slaves actually were forcibly brought to America, not sure what pill you took, but it seems to have too much mercury.

          • Pyra Gorgon | July 6, 2016 at 7:06 pm |

            Deliberate stupidity is a poor communication technique. You are not speaking truth, therefore it’s the ‘blue pill’ for you. The truth was given yet you balk and come back with whatever. So believe whatever you want.

            As for all the rest of that trash you posted to me, I care not because it was not addressed by my original post. You will not drag me all over conversationally as you look for rabbit chasing partners.

          • You are one dumb SOB!

          • History that’s true bothers so many people. We won’t have to worry about that in these times. The history since 1963 has been tainted by lies. If Hillary gets the White House it would be a disaster!

  3. Becoming a more peaceful person without becoming a more RESPONSIBLE person enables criminals in government. As stated below, people have become willfully ignorant, and self absorbed with entertainment as a form of escapism. America has a serious problem of talking big and doing nothing.
    A people deserve any regime they endure.
    Doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome is a sign of insanity.
    Al that is necessary for evil to thrive is for good men to do nothing
    I could go on and on with many wise quotes but you understand. We need not reinvent the wheel, the knowledge we seek is right there in our history, which brings me to my final statement. We have a learning disability.
    America is getting the life they deserve.

  4. It’s not over till it’s over.
    There are a lot of us sovereigns that are prepared…to protect and defend against domestic enemies.

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