According to the Founders of our great and united States of America, our rights come from our Creator, not from Government, and they are unalienable ("not to be separated, given away, or taken away"). Further, our unalienable rights are not limited to Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness, but rather these are just three examples amongst them.
When I was a kid, one of us might ask if we could do such-and-so, and
another would answer, "It's a free country; do what you want." Nowadays,
the answer is more likely to be, "You'll have to ask permission at the
permit office. And pay a fee."
I don't own my land; if I did, I wouldn't
have to ask the government permission to cut down a tree or put up a
fence or build a house or risk losing the land if I don't pay the
"protection money", er, I mean, property tax.
I'm not arguing against all restrictions; some are necessary to avoid
tromping on the rights of my neighbors; I'm just pointing out the change
in mentality that has occurred in the past half-century which has ceded
our freedoms to the "authorities" who are now responsible, no longer
for guaranteeing those freedoms, but for dispensing them.
Many of our leaders (as well as many of the American sheeple) seem to be
of the mentality that our certain unalienable rights are endowed to us
by government. That conflicts with the Founders' viewpoint. It's an
If you've never read the Declaration of Independence, give it a read, or
at a bare minimum, the first two paragraphs; it's a short document: