I don't know if we ever had a truly free county. Even in the founding days English loyalists were mocked, attacked and degraded by the Patriots (Antifa). The status quo versus the new order. There has always been thought crime in one form or another. Freedom is nebulous and unstable by its very nature.
The problem is that the government is a reflection of the citizens. If it is weak and corrupt it is because the citizens are weak and corrupt. Courageous and noble citizens would overthrow their government as a unified entity but they do not because they are too few.
The truth is that the country is weak because there is no natural selection to thin the herd. The USA has coasted on prosperity for hundreds of years and it's citizens have become weak and dependent. That is the one real truth. Only a total collapse can restore balance.
Talk about freedom all you want but it's just 17th century Antifa bullshit. What truly matters is the balance of power that the First and Second Amendment create. It is what allows for the majority to overthrow an empowered minority.
Freedom (Liberty) starts in the mirror. If you are speaking about the power exerted at a National Level, then "we" were not "free" when the criminals took over in 1789. "They" are free to do whatever they want with impunity since 1789. Hell, wake the fuck up, they made slavery legal for them to perpetrate, and that means, in no uncertain terms, that they excused themselves from any prosecution of any kind from that day forward.
Qui s'excuse, s'accuse.
He who excuses himself accuses himself.
If "they" can get away with the fraud of turning the Federation of Independent States into a Legal Fiction Nation State, AND subsidize their slave trades, AND create and enforce a National Central Bank Fraud Scam, complete with a fraudulent National Tax scam: which includes an extortion payment force, and a National Debt Scam, where "they" enforce a Monopoly of Power and Profit, and "they" consider The People (black, white, orange) as hereditary property, then they can get away with eating babies and selling baby parts to the highest bidders.
This was stupid, and it is getting even more stupid.
"It was a principle of the Common Law, as it is of the law of nature, and of common sense, that no man can be taxed without his personal consent. The Common Law knew nothing of that system, which now prevails in England, of assuming a man’s own consent to be taxed, because some pretended representative, whom he never authorized to act for him, has taken it upon himself to consent that he may be taxed. That is one of the many frauds on the Common Law, and the English constitution, which have been introduced since Magna Carta. Having finally established itself in England, it has been stupidly and servilely copied and submitted to in the United States." Spooner, Trial by Jury