The two worst things our government can do to someone are to conscript him for military service and deprive him of his liberty.
Losing or being threatened with loss of liberty is an ordeal increasingly suffered by average, law-abiding Americans. We have become a nation of “No,” of the ever-present threat of criminal prosecution — even, perversely enough, in an era of “yes” and permissiveness on someone else’s dime. The routine trip to the doctor’s office comes with the warning that “false statements” on the insurance form can result in prosecution.
Anything you do that involves either your receipt of money or ever-growing duties and responsibilities owed to customers, lenders, clients or the general public, now comes with the risk of being suspected, investigated and accused of a “crime.”