What the hell is wrong?
I thought we lived where you're free to do what you damn well please as long as it hasn't been outlawed.
But now we need explicit permission for ANYTHING?
WHAT THE FUCK?!?!?!
If we accept that by and large more rules means less freedom, and that governments by and large govern (which means creates & enforces rules which are limits on freedom), then it follows that more government means less individual freedom.
Once the US Federal government began blatantly violating the US Constitution in deeper and more fundamental ways beginning in modern times in the early 1900s, the US Federal government has grown immeasurably in size, power, and scope.
Power and control are a zero-sum game in that in order to increase one individual's or group's power and control, others must surrender (or have forcibly taken away) their power and control in roughly equal measure. When we speak of government versus citizens, governments only grow in domestic power and control by taking it away from the citizens.
To be honest, as much as the US Federal government has grown and comparing it to the paths and timelines of other nations through history, I'm surprised we have as much freedom, or even the illusion of it, left to us as we seem to enjoy currently.
We either put our big-boy pants on as Americans and handle our lives, responsibilities, and duties ourselves for the most part, or lose more and more rights, power, and control of our own lives as the government takes responsibility for more and more of peoples' lives and finally devolves into total corruption and collapse. Then the war(s) come At least, that's been the typical path if history is any guide. The US seems to be at the "devolving into total corruption" stage currently. Not many places left to hit an exit ramp before the big movie-cliff drop, and even those are now more like emergency dirt impact berms than a highway-style "exit ramp"
Better wake up and stop letting them divide us. I'd bet most everyday regular people, Democrat, Republican, Left, Right, Liberal, Conservative, black, white, whatever, etc etc, agree on *far* more principles than they disagree. And it's *principles* which matter most! It's just in how we go about doing things we all agree are good, like feeding the hungry, where we differ in how best that should be done.
Stop allowing them to play Emperor Palpatine and tell you to let the hate flow through you for $GROUP/IDEOLOGY/RELIGION/RACE/CLASS/ETC, for it is true that a "dark side" will surely follow. We saw a glimpse in WW2 of how that sort of thing goes.