truthfully the loss of freedoms is by small cuts, so small that the majority of the population does not even realize or are even effected.
lets take a small case
dude in NY selling loosies (single cigarettes cheaper than you can buy them by the pack due to the massive taxes imposed by the Government of NY)
you know kind of like the home island taxing tea at an outrageous price in the colonies.
Government of NY pissed off they are losing revenue to the pesky people subverting the taxes and not paying the outrageous tax to the government overreacts and orders police to spend extra time and resources to go after people committing such a “heinous” crime as selling single cigarettes.
you know like the Home island getting upset at smuggling and selling tea without a taxstamp overacting by sending soldiers to close businesses down and seize shipping and enforce massive tax penalties.
Dude selling cigarettes tired of being hassled, arrested and general treated in such a manner by the police is fed up beyond all reason and refuses to cooperate resulting in his death during a struggle to arrest him. all for selling a few f*cking cigarettes.
you know like the colonists tired of being hassled, arrested and general treated in such a manner by red coats are fed up beyond all reason and refuse to simple knuckle under and accept the oppression resulting in soldiers firing into crowds and revolution. all for selling some f*cking tea
What is the difference?? The British government doubled down, refused to even consider anything else and continued to escalate until nearly everyone from wealthy business man and poor beggars were left with nearly no option but to fight back
were as our Government incites anger by one group those that are poorest and being harassed by the government and points them at another group the police causing riots, death and destruction of property thereby insuring the poor are angry at the cops and the businesses, the cops are angry about being blamed for doing what they were told to do, the businesses are afraid of the mobs, angry at the cops for not protecting them
all three groups poor mobs, businesses/property owners and cops all look to the government to step in and solve the problem. All the while everyone forgets the originating offense of massive taxes on cigarettes leading to the ridicules overuse of force causing the death of a man for selling single F*cking cigarettes.
our government is a giant bureaucratic, fumbling, manipulative Ahole of a government just like most others and it is very very hard to love it most of the time. But… well its still the land of opportunity, still a place where a jury of 12 regular old citizens can make or break any law. Where the constitution bent and tattered as it is still causes said government headaches when they try there highhanded BS.
Like i posted earlier eventually some group will go to far, will be too impatient with the constitutional restrictions they have to work around and instead of playing the game they will in their arrogance double down and escalate their attempts to control the population - My only hope is the 2nd amendment has not been bent too far when that day comes.