You are free to do as your government tells you. People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. Those who would trade liberty for security deserve neither and will lost both. I can retain neither respect nor affection for government which has been moving from wrong to wrong in order to defend its immorality. If you are not free to choose wrongly and irresponsibly, you are not free at all. America needs fewer laws, not more prisons. The more corrupt the state, the more it legislates. The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it. The constitution is not just a piece of paper as W would have us believe, but it does not give us our rights; it can only list rights we already have. The most a person can choose to do with a right is choose whether to exercise it or not. You determine your own level of freedom.