The Patriot Act is one of the token issues that many can retreat to when discussing acts of the government where people lose freedoms in the name of protecting freedom. I have fought with this issue in many different ways. Recently, the TSA and all the security procedures at airports (possibly malls, and grocery stores too) seem to be one of those issues that go to question the value of freedom.
Yesterday I watched the new Disney movie "Tangled." To my surprise, the movie was one of the most anti-socialist movies I think Disney has ever produced. Most of their movies tend to preach a different message. The story of Rapunzel as told in this case speaks to the value of keeping an individual locked in a tower in an effort to "protect" them from the evils of the world. In reality the "Mother Gothel" character of "Tangled" seems to represent a corrupt and selfish governing symbol that preaches one thing but essentially represses Rapunzel for their own purposes.
Then I think about the new Food Safety act that congress passed last sunday night that seemed to be designed to promote food safety, but is just another step towards a socialized food source where the government decides who can eat what. Let's face it, the government can not make food any safer than any one else can. People can take perfectly safe ingredients and not cook them right. What is the government going to do, require everyone one to have a food license in their own homes? (I know.... shhhhh, they just might do that, don't give them any ideas).
At what point do we realize that we cannot protect freedom by decreasing freedom?