For nearly 200 years, the default status of the American people was that we were at liberty to do pretty much whatever we wanted (especially on our own property), with very few exceptions – and those were usually related to the consideration of the rights of others.
Today, the situation is nearly reversed. The default status is that we need permission to do just about anything. We are at liberty to do only the most mundane and trivial pursuits. As WE have said before, government is taking our rights, and selling them back to us as permits – if they're permitted at all.
Today, if you decide to build, dig, landscape, or start work on much of anything on your own property, you'd best check with the city and/or county and/or state and/or the feds, or face fines – or worse. Really, what's the point of owning property if the only privilege you gain is paying taxes, without any of the advantages of self-determination?
WE know what you're thinking: It can't happen here! Wanna bet? In the latest installment of Freedom Foundation's Tales of Tyranny series, we have this, from right here in River City: