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Originally posted by plug_pray
What has the government stopped you from doing today that you could do freely in the past?
Originally posted by bsbray11
That would be a good question to ask to the Branch Davidians, except they're all dead now.
Would be a good thing to ask Randy Weaver and his family, too, or at least the family members that are still alive.
Don't forget former employees of the WTC, many of whom are also now dead.
We did not used to have to pay an income tax.
We used to have better protection from searches, seizures, wiretapping, deportation, etc., until the PATRIOT Act.
Before the Selective Services Act, you had a right to decide whether or not you wanted to fight in one of the feds' wars, no matter what. Now they can draft you whenever they see fit, if you fit the criteria.
It would also be a good question to ask pot smokers, and I'm pretty sure 18 (and even lower) used to be the legal drinking age for alcohol.
We could go into all kinds of things like corporations being given the same rights (and more) as real US citizens, which opens up a whole Pandora's Box of abuse potential on all different levels.
We used to have an unrestricted right to bear arms, now there are limitations on things like assault rifles if I'm not mistaken, not to mention all the legal paperwork, and neglecting that (ie "illegal" possession of a firearm) is a mandatory 5 years in prison here in Virginia, not sure if it is a federal law.
I'm sure I could go on if I were to sit here long enough. I'm sure you could try to justify various laws that have limited our freedoms, too, but it doesn't matter. There are always justifications for whatever they do, no matter if it's really right or wrong. It's still freedom lost. That's what you asked.
Originally posted by Maya432
1) stopped me from watching certain sensitive videos online(censorship)
2)stopped me from posting certain sensitive videos online.
3)stopped me from receiving factual news (MSM)
4)stopped me from doing a music tour this summer because of gas prices.
5)stopped me from smoking a ciggarette outside at a bus stop.(not in the bus stop).
6)stopped from protesting.
7)forced to pay illigal "income tax"
8)forced to give the kids mercury filled inoculations.
9)forced to watch the world at war
10)made me very scared of police..when they should be our friends.
I`ll post more as I think of them