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Sweet Land of Liberty

Here’s my latest column in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.  And below are the opening paragraphs:

In this sweet land of liberty it is surprising how readily we modern
Americans let others rule us. I’m not talking about Americans letting
some foreign government rule us. That won’t happen anytime soon.
There’s no risk that, say, we will quietly surrender to an invading
army sent from the likes of Moscow or Beijing.

I’m talking about being ruled by homegrown politicians and petty
tyrants who butt their noses into the sizes of our toilets, the amount
of salt we consume and countless other provinces of our daily lives.