As we approach Independence Day, the following from Thomas Jefferson bears consideration (hat tip to Karen). Click directly on the image to enlarge it:
Commenters are encouraged to relate their views as to how governmental power is morphing into tyranny, particularly via regulation — for the greater good, of course. My example below the fold.
For example, on the local level here in Northern Virginia, zoning administrations keep piling on regulations restricting the use of our property (Fairfax County's zoning code HERE, and other counties have similar codes): a property owner here had better now leave a bucket or a ladder visible in one's own yard for more than forty-eight hours because the zoning officers may come along and levy a fine in accordance with ever-burgeoning county code. No wonder everyone's garage or carport is crammed so full that a car barely fits inside the structure!