Our liberties are being stripped from us daily. From sea to shining sea, ridiculous restrictions are being placed on freedoms, and penalties are being levied against the people. The government is overstepping its bounds, and the American people are sitting back and doing little, if anything, to stop it. But this should come as no surprise.
When the U.S. Constitution was penned in 1789, there were only three Federal crimes: treason, piracy, and counterfeiting. And while the number of Federal laws has necessarily grown over our nation's history, that number has skyrocketed during the last fifty years. Today, there are over 4,500 federal crimes that can result in imprisonment and thousands more which result in fines. This doesn't include the countless additional laws at the state, county, and city level.
Many of these laws are necessary and have been implemented for legitimate reasons. Still, for a nation that prides itself on being "free," it would seem that this freedom is eroding. The City of Los Angeles is seeking to "encourage" its citizens to eat vegetarian on what it is calling "Meatless Mondays." And of course there is New York City's infamous ban preventing restaurants from selling soft drinks larger than 16 ounces. While these are extreme examples and outside the norm for most of the country, they do beg the question: Is this really the type of thing that our government should be concerning itself with?