A shell game that commonly pollutes logics of individual versus group economics relates to slips between wholes and parts. Between those who play within the system and those who play above it. Between those to whom the law applies and those to whom the law does not apply. The twilight zone of international relations among crony corporatists.
Economic trade between societies organized as nations can never be "free," because each trading nation will always seek to advantage its economic controllers by influencing the politics of all other traders.
The U.S.'s economic controllers are not the people, but the people-farming cronies that treat people, politicians, and even governments as commoditities. They are quite amenable of selling out the people, nation, and its resources for corruptly laundered personal profit. The same applies to the despotic gangs that rule foreign nations, especially third world nations.
As a nation, our ordinary citizens are not benefitting, politically, by our trade policies -- regardless of whether one calls those policies free or fair. Rather, as a nation, our troops and workers who bled and sweated to defend our country are put under the thumbs of crony corporatists bent on selling them out. The consequence, worldwide, is a movement to reduce the masses to the lowest common status of desperate serf laborers. In this, those who run our major political parties are united.
The economic wealth that does accrue to ordinary Americans tends to come more from inheriting the work of people killed and replaced by abuse and war than from increases in efficiency brought on by "division of labor." The U.S., from sea to shining sea, has little need of most labor or resources from other parts of the world. To a large extent, what trickles down to ordinary Americans is a consequence of the dollar being the world's reserve currency. Other nations presently have little choice but to work for the dollar -- even though Americans nowadays produce mostly fluff. That, however, will soon leach out, like a back-washing tsunami. By then, most of our cronies will have found their safe harbors and islands.
Cronies, on the other hand, need one another to keep rolling their schemes for laundering political favors -- the consequence of which tends to be to hollow out the jobs and resources of their fellow countrymen -- the ones who actually bled and sweated to build and defend the nation.
"Free trade" tends to be a shell game by which cronies who rule above the game pick the pockets of individuals who play within the game. (They even inspire followers among unionists and homies by promising "free stuff." They own the ghetto people, because they own both major political parties and all significant institutions of political persuasion.)
The ordinary rules simply aren't applied to well connected cronies, and likely never will be. If Americans want to be "free," they will need periodically to overturn the tables of the crony money masters. (Water the tree of liberty.) Otherwise, no representative republic can long survive the cronies that will buy and sell its politicians and their "laws" as if they were little more than the devil's commodities. The biggest threat to the republic is the lack of effective spiritual and formal checks against the influence laundering of faith-breaching cronies.
By itself, no flat tax against crony consumptions can ever be effective to impede their snowballing agglomerations of political influence, that will always tend to the destruction of republics.
Socialists love Big Brother. However, the Bill of Rights is concerned with the freedom and dignity of individuals within States. To maximize individual freedom of thought, expression, and enterprise, provided it is not tolerated to destroy the freedom of thought, expression, and enterprise of others. Islam, like socialism, trades with the devil by destroying freedom in phony trade for safe spaces for the hiveminded.
There is no freedom among Muslims in Islam to express disbelief. That will cost you your head. There is little freedom in socialism to go against the line of the ruling party. That will get you an ice pick in the head, as Trotsky found out. There is no honest dealing in the Dem Party, as those who believed in Debbie Wasserman Schultz found out.
Islam, communism, radical socialism, and militant atheism are all intolerant of non-believers. For them, "progress" is the spreading of their intolerance. Those who believe in human freedom and dignity too often and too short sightedly condemn themselves by being so tolerant that they tolerate that which means to destroy them -- whether immediately or by a thousand cuts. Hive minds lack the freedom that is essential to mend them. Once sufficiently in power, the hive-borg kills freedom, relentlessly and permanently. Once enough voters elect to be ruled by despotic elitists who promise they will be benign, they forfeit their dignity and become reduced to subhuman status. That kind of socialism becomes a big-brother religion for subhumans.
People will work for themselves, their families, their significant others, and to improve their property. They will not long work for others if they can find ways to bilk the system. Socialists never learn this. People who use gov property do not respect such property -- even when socialists try to force such respect by lining up and shooting offenders in order to make examples. Elites are human beings, not angels. To give them the kind of unlimited power over others that socialists lean to, unmoderated by religious like faith, is to corrupt them, absolutely.
If socialists have any "red lines" they would enforce against the degradation of humanity and its children, what are they? They have none. Define your red lines and your non-religious science that proves them, that defend the innocence of children. You have none. You would replace the love of parents with the diktat of soulless statists, and then sell children for their body parts.
Whether you believe in Jesus or not, He gave the essence of the spiritual, moral law: Love God, and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. That is a basis for human freedom and dignity, property rights, individual enterprise, and freedom of thought. Jesus did not send Apostles to demand belief in trade for not having your head cut.
Among decent, thinking people in the West, those two laws have taught intuition and empathy to moderate the Mosaic law. That is why you do not see modern Christians acting like primitive 7th Century islamists. To pretend modern Christianity is comparable to the depravity of Stalinism and Islamism is uninformed nonsense.
To denigrate all religions is also uninformed nonsense. You say you believe in socialism. Is your belief based in insight, intuition, and empathy, or is it based in empirical science? You do not say socialism is per se proven good by science. So you recognize it itself is a religion. Now, if you base it in a spiritual, interpenetrating, perpetual, immeasurable, empathetic, feedback aspect of the cosmos that is beyond empirical proof, then I am partly with you. The difference is this: My idea of "good socialism" (civilization) entails maximal respect for human freedom and dignity, which I would not, without overpowering reason, surrender to immediate gratifications or "safe spaces" for hive minds. I suspect, notwithstanding the abominations of the 20th Century, that socialists suffer from historical illiteracy that renders them excessively vulnerable to phony fallen elitists.
Regarding religious tests: The First Amendment gives the right to the free exercise of religion. In Islam, as in the Mafia, there is no free exercise. Apostasy will get you stoned.
Regarding Article VI, see http://www.nationalreview.com/article/438536/immigration-religious-test-constitution-does-not-ban-vetting-immigrants-religion:
"Of all all the ignorant pronouncements in the 2016 presidential campaign, the dumbest may be that the Constitution forbids a “religious test” in the vetting of immigrants."
"The clause said to be the source of this drivel is found in Article VI. As you’ll no doubt be shocked to learn, it has utterly nothing to do with immigration. The clause states, “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States”. On its face, the provision is not only inapplicable to immigrants at large, let alone aliens who would like to be immigrants; it does not even apply to the general public. It is strictly limited to public officials — specifically to their fitness to serve in government positions."
Bottom line: Because socialists apparently only read drivel, they only spread drivel. No doubt, however, drivel-spreading, socialistic Progs will find some idiot judge to rule. And why? Why, because Prog phonies have utterly corrupted our demographics.