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Q: k is the united states citizens a free people or not simple answer yes or no legally do they have liberty not liberty's

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A: No, the United States citizens are not legally free in the sense of having complete individual liberty. While the U.S. Constitution and laws protect many important individual rights and freedoms, there are also many legal restrictions on personal conduct.

A: Yes, United States citizens are legally free and the 13th Amendment expressly prohibits slavery or indentured servitude. Part of being a free people is the freedom to surrender portions of our liberty for the common good or for our own good. As a constitutional republic, individual freedom in the United States can be limited by laws duly passed and regulations duly enacted in accordance with the powers given to our institutions of government by the people in our federal and state constitutions. Over the past 246 years, the people have given up parts of their "liberty" to the government, but by no means all. And, at any time, the people can take power back from the government by electing representatives to change existing laws or by amending our state and federal constitutions.

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