The moderate wing of the Tea Party was well represented at the rally
In 1941, Franklin D Roosevelt's state of the union address laid out the 'four freedoms' not just every American but everyone in the world was entitled to: of speech, of worship, from want and from fear. Today, as Americans gather to wish each other a happy Independence Day, we ask: where did it all go wrong?
People in the queue at a Sarah Palin book tour in Columbus, Ohio in 2009, were asked to explain why they supported the one-time Republican vice-presidential nominee.
She stands for what America is: Freedom, our liberty, the right to speak. [What about particular issues?] Oh gee, help me out here guys.
Another supporter, when asked to explain what freedoms she believed had been taken away, articulated: "Well I really think the fact that I am a Christian, I think that the government, and the mainstream media has been playing a role, and, gosh, not only Christian, freedom of religion, here... it's a slippery slope."