The way most people think about freedom is rather strange. When you say you oppose most government action, they say something like, “But you can say whatever you want, and you can vote! You’re already free!” I feel as though the American people would accept the most egregious police state and the most totalitarian government imaginable, with intervention in every country and sphere of life, so long as they can watch television, and have lively debate between the supporters of two very similar candidates. Maintain the First Amendment, my thinking goes, and Americans will accept the violation or repeal of just about every other part of the Bill of Rights, or limiting clause of the Constitution.
Sure, your government can kidnap, imprison, torture, and execute just about anyone for any reason, and without trial, counsel, or even notice to family, friends, or employers. Sure, they can disarm you comepletely. Sure, They can search anyone, anywhere, for any or no reason, and seize anything for the same. But you can vote! You can oppose Obama and support Romney (or vice-versa)! You can hate Fox and adore MSNBC (or vice-versa)! You can bitch on your blog or to your friends! So you’re still free!