Ameri双语阅读：关于美国的7个谣言ca is the land of the free, home of the brave... the white picket fences, the 2.5 kids in every "modern family." Or so we've been led to believe.
In honor of the Fourth of July and tbittinghe celebration of our independence from a country that taxed us without representation, we look at some o印特尔f the ridiculous myths and outright lies that have people entirely misled about the United States. From Jackie Robinson to who really discovered America, these are the true stories about our history...
Myth 1: America Is A Democracy
In the current age, America and democracy are synonymous. Little do most Americans know they don't actually live in a democracy. America was actually founded as a Constitutional Republic, as stated in the Constitution and the Pledge of Allegiance. In an Economist ranking of the world's democratic countries in 2006, America didn't even crack the top 10.
Myth 2: The Founding Fathers Were Christian
This is both true and false. A large number of the Founding Fathers were associated with various sects of the Christian church, like Protestantism and Lutheranism. However, many still openly opposed organized religion. Thomas Jefferson practiced Deism, which contends that reason and observation of the natural world are enough to determine the universe has a creator without the need for 双语阅读：关于美国的7个谣言organized religion.
Myth 3: Thanksgiving
While it's true that the occasion we now know as Thanksgiving first occurred between Pilgrims and nearby Indians, it originally was three days long and served to salute the annual harvest. (Imagine our modern version of stuffin浙江金质丽化工有限公司g and turkeys for three days.) For the Pilgrims, Tha变压器外壳nksgiving was intended to be a religious holiday of fasting and prayer, but only turned to a feast after the rains came during one such period in 1623.
Myth 4: The Native Americans were Savages
Hollywood has certainly popularized the image of bru双语阅读：关于美国的7个谣言tes dressed in feather刘雨维s and buffalo leather, aiming to harm a good-ole tobacco spitting co美妹视频直播wboy, but the truth of the matter is a bit more complex.
In the book "A People's History of the United States," author Howard Zinn quotes Christopher Columbus's first impressions of the Indians, saying "They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for 血色归途I showed them梳齿鳚 a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselv双语阅读：关于美国的7个谣言es out of ignhi文orance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane.... They would make fine servants.... With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want."
Myth 5: It's A Free Country
There is a general belief that we can walk anywhere, rest anywhere or do whatever we need to do to survive. Tell that新12j01 to the homeless. Although courts struck down laws against vagrancy years ago, sleeping on老槐树蜂胶 the streets or in pub双语阅读：关于美国的7个谣言lic parks is still illegal, as is hitchhiking, panhandling and other "freebies" broke people need to survive.
And there are countless laws and ordinances designed to give police officers probable cause to violate our freedoms. In June 2011, a woman in Rochester, New York was arrested simply for filming a traffic stop from her front lawn, proving that we aren't free — even if we stay in our yards.
Myth 6: The Federal Reserve Is U.S. Owned & Operated
The Fed conducts the nation's monetary policy, but faces no regulation from the government aside from the appointment of its President and Board of Governors. Otherwise, the central bank can do what it pleases.
Recent proof comes direct from former Chairman Alan Greenspan, who stated point blank that the U.S. Government cannot do anything to influence the Fed's policy. And, more recently, according血污之骨 to Bloomberg News, the bank refused "to disclose the recipients of more than $2 trillion of emergency loans from [the bailout] and the assets the central bank is accepting as collateral."
Myth 7: The Bushes Are Texan
Despite deep ties to the Texas oil business, including failed ventures from G.W., the roots of the Bush family are about as Texan as, say, Connecticut. The Bush's are a northeast elite banking family, whose lineage extends back to the British crown. W's gran双语阅读：关于美国的7个谣言dfather Prescott Bush was a member of Yale's elite Skull and Bones secret society, as were Bush, Sr. and W. himself. Prescott went on to unfathomable Wall Street riches and infamy, after he was tried and charged with money laundering for the Nazis during WWII.