This may seem like a rhetorical question, it may even sound ridiculous, but I implore you to really think about it in terms of liberty and natural rights.
At first glance, you may think that you have complete control of your life, but I disagree. Think about the things that you would like to do, that you are not allowed; whether it be taking drugs, drinking alcohol before you are 21. Then think about the most extreme case of individual liberty, suicide. While I don’t generally condone suicide because I think it is the ultimate white flag, that that person has given up completely, however, in many cultures it is seen in a different light. In our society however, an American does not have the “right” to end his/her own life. This seems to go against the foundational myth most attached to the US; the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”. Unfortunately, this has been taken away by our Federal Gov. But Why? What logic is held by our governing body, and why does the American people go along with it, after all, the government is suppose to be, “by, for, and of the people”. I am not calling for repeal or anything like that.. yet, however, i do ask all of you, (the one or two people who may read this) to consider what liberties you think you should have that you don’t. Or, in a broader sense, consider what purpose the state serves, and if it is acting on its own behalf, to perpetuate the government itself, or if it is acting on behalf of its citizenry.
For me, the two main functions of the state are to promote happiness and secure it. However, there are certain laws, whether constitutional or not, that go far beyond those two simple mandates, and I believe it is up to the American public, or any member of a state that has “unjust” laws, to stand up and make a statement concerning them. We have grown apathetic because of the ideas that we don’t really matter, that the decisions are made for us and we MUST go along, well that isn’t necessarily true. We can make a difference in our lives, if we only stood up and “fought” for what we believe to be right. ie the “right” to pursue happiness… as long as it does not conflict with other’s rights to pursue happiness.