Take a look at this article by Angelo Codevilla. It’s a great discussion of the divide between America’s “Ruling” and “Country” classes.
The ruling class is loath to recognize any limits to its power. Here are a couple of vivid examples. First, courtesy of HotAir, we have Pete Stark (D-CA), aka Pete Stark-raving-mad, admitting that he sees no limits to the power of the feds to run our lives. What is their justification? Well, it’s the concept of “social costs.” Here we can see Christian Dorsey of the Economic Policy Institute promoting this view. It can be argued that there are social costs to almost any human activity. If that is truly the case, what are the limits of government action and who sets these limits?