Freedom is lost, not overnight, but slowly. A little nibble here, a small restriction there and then all of a sudden, it is all gone.
Take freedom of speech as an example. Most people would tell you that it is an important right and very necessary in a free society. However, it is very quickly being eroded. Years ago a law was passed that you could not cry out "FIRE" in a movie house. That made sense. Doing so would endanger others. However, in the past twenty or so years, we have come up with "hate speech" laws where one's utterance toward someone in a protected class will result in your being charged with a crime.
Please understand that we are not saying that one should use such language, however, to criminalize language, is wrong. Words no matter how vile and despicable should not be a crime. Politically correct language is no replacement for freedom of speech.
How long will it be before calling the President, your Senator or Representative a name, become a crime? We fear time is near. Once that occurs, our freedom of speech is lost.
Omnipotent government regardless of how kind initially, will, over time, become domineering and crushing of the peoples freedoms as it tries to maintain control. It is a normal human condition that all organizations wish to continue to exist and will do everything in their power to stay in control regardless of the price. A good example is Libya. As the Gaddafi's dictatorship was falling, not only did they turn their guns on the protesters but also uninvolved civilians. They turned on the very people they governed.
Are we there yet? Probably not, however, the United States it would not take much to put us over the edge. For example, a world economic collapse, riots in the streets, imposition of martial law, and elimination of the rights of speech, assembly, gun ownership topped off with the elimination of elections could dramatically end America as we know it.
We still have time but we must reverse the actions taken by all levels of government starting with our local representatives. We must hold them responsible by watching their actions and bringing suit when they violate laws or pass laws which violate our basic rights. It is up to each of us. Are you willing or are you going to sit on the sidelines and let someone else do it? The choice is yours.