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By FreedomWriter
Anchorage, Alaska
June 20, 2001

On July 4, 2001 the United States of America will be 225 years old. On June 26, 2001 FREEDOM WRITER will be 2 years old. Many changes have transpired since our Founding Fathers pledged their lives, honor, and fortunes for the birth of a new nation conceived in liberty. Many changes have also been viewed by the readers of FREEDOMWRITER.COM. Let's explore some of these growth changes in the USA and in FREEDOM WRITER.

America began as 13 colonies who called themselves States as an act of separation from England & Great Britain. Now America boasts 50 such states stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans, with federally protected territories in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa. America began as a loose Confederation of those original 13 with a weak national government headed by a President annually elected by Congress (until the present Constitution was written and signed on September 17, 1787 and later ratified). Now America has a huge burdensome and intrusive national government headed by a President elected to no more than 2 consecutive 4 year terms; in association with a Congress that sees no end to its legislative powers while making themselves millionaires at the taxpayers' enpense while alleging to do "the people's business"; in association with a federal judiciary that more often than not makes new case law rather than interpreting laws as a function of the Constitution. America began as a social experiment in states and individual rights. Now America flirts with the junction in the road: Return to a democratically elected Republic with limited government or proceed to a national socialistic welfare state. The rock group Steppenwolf, in it's 1970's song "Monster", asked the right question at the height of the Vietnam War: "America where are you now, don't you care about your sons and daughters? Don't you know we need you now, we can't fight alone against the Monster."

Early American was a nation of farmers, small business merchants, new manufacturing trades based upon abundant natural resources, homemakers, and (thank God it eventually ended…) some slave owners. Present day America has seen its family farms almost extinct, small businesses being bought out by large unaccountable corporations because they (the small businesses) cannot afford the increased taxation and regulations, a two household family where the wife works to pay the extra taxes and then has to pay for her children's daycare, a once formidable private manufacturing sector that produced an "Arsenal of Democracy" that won 2 world wars and rebuilt from ashes both Europe and Japan that is now reduced to almost nil thanks to the sovereignty-robbing global trade agreements of unrepresentative international organizations. America reached its zenith of economic power in the 20th century and now must decide to either recapture that momentum or succumb as a third world global plantation headed by a few international businessmen who see no wrong in trading with dictatorships who deprive their own citizens of human rights and private wealth in the 21st century.

With a divided Congress under a Republican controlled House of Representatives and a Democratically controlled Senate, and with a new Republican Party controlled Presidential administration led by Pres. George W. Bush, we Americans have entered the new millennium in which to debate these fundamental questions again.

Birthday Cake

Freedom Writer (FREEDOMWRITER.COM) began in 1999 out of the corruption of the scandal ridden Clinton administration and the frustration with the Republicans' inability to bring him to justice to explore these fundamental issues, not only in America but also in Alaska. From it's humble origins in downtown Anchorage, Alaska, FREEDOM WRITER has grown so that it's website host server is now in Oregon and it's website producer is in Arizona and it's headquarters remains in Anchorage. FREEDOM WRITER began with a few local writers and artists and it's exclusive DOCUMENTS OF FREEDOM section, interactive opinion polls, and internet guestbook. FREEDOM WRITER now boasts an inventory of mostly American made products in our TRADING POST section, an expanding LINKS section, a larger DOCUMENTS OF FREEDOM section, a new CONSUMER section, a new ARTS & LITERATURE section, an internet guestbook with signers from all over, and authors and contributors from all across Alaska, America, Great Britain, and Australia. As Founder, Publisher, and Editor of FREEDOM WRITER, I want to thank all of you who have helped FREEDOM WRITER get to it's 2nd birthday candle.

Just as "most is good" with America other than the above-mentioned trends, as we try to shore up our national, state, local, business, and family budgets, FREEDOM WRITER also struggles to meet its bottom line. In order for you readers, writers, and artists to continue to enjoy FREEDOM WRITER, we hope you can also purchase FREEDOM WRITER products from our TRADING POST, buy ad space, and tell others about FREEDOMWRITER.COM. FREEDOM WRITER contributors enjoy a 25% discount on products and ad rates so why not be one today! Help FREEDOM WRITER and AMERICA achieve another birthday and buy FREEDOM WRITER products and BUY AMERICAN!

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