If I joined you at your table and started helping myself to bites from your plate, how would that make you feel? What if you went to take a bite, and I slapped the fork out of your hand? What if I changed your entire order, and gave you only the food I wanted you to have?
And yet you allow the government to do all this and more to you at every level of your life. Oregon is passing a bill today that will make bicycle helmets mandatory for every adult. First they came for the children, and that was such a success, they are now doing it to all of us. California has banned transfats in the entire state. And there is no credible evidence that they do any harm. And while that statement may be debatable, the government has removed all chance of that, now.
It is getting harder and harder to 'live off the grid'. When the police get paid from the fines they get when they write a ticket, when a neighbor will call the authorities and report you for cutting down a tree in your own yard, or for spanking your child, the places where you won't get bothered become harder and harder to find. And don't even try to sit out in the middle of a lake and fish, while you drink a beer.
Better have a license for that fish, and leave that beer at home. You could lose your boat, your trailer, your pick-up, and a lot of money. Or even your life, since the boat-pigs are the cops who couldn't make it on the street. And he's got at least sixteen of his friends with him in the magazine well of his pistol.
Don't worry if you're an indian, though, you can machine-gun a whale and drag it to the beach where your tribe will whack it up, and then go dynamite fishing for salmon, fill your boat with them, and take them back to your American taxpayer-built fish-processing plant, and let the illegal alien workers process them for distribution and sale while you and your buddies go get drunk.
What a country we have become. We are no longer 'on the way there'...
We are there.