Our national anthem includes the words “…The land of the free…” But how free are we really? Eric Snowden brought to the public’s attention that our government is spying on everyone whether they have done anything or not. This runs completely counter to the Fourth Amendment and its guarantee against unreasonable search and seizure of property and personal effects. That is not the only attack on our freedom and our daily lives. Perhaps a more personal example is the dramatic level of instability created when our government “shut down”. I put that in quotes because, despite all the headlines, over 75% of the government was still operating. Government at the federal level apparently has a strong hold on the individual or we would not have felt the effect so keenly.