The quote today comes from an old Supreme court case...
"Because of what appears to be a lawful command on the surface, many citizens, because of their respect for what appears to be the law, are cunningly coerced into waiving their rights due to ignorance." U.S. Supreme Court U.S. vs Minker
...and we continue to be oppressed by nit wits and criminals in our government.
We are pretty much programmed from the time we can tell right from wrong that it is right for us to live within the guidelines our government sets forth and it is wrong to break the law. A normal citizen goes about life basically doing as they are told. If they question "Why?" The answer is inevitably "because it's the law."
There are so many laws and regulations that we are prohibited from doing just about anything in any given place and circumstance. How many people are going to go look up every single law? We just take our punishment or change our ways to comply.
The government had pretty much been in a parental role of setting rules and handing out punishment. They use their rules to guide us, compel us, and force us to do as they please.
Since Obama has taken office the few of us who still question authority have been raising alarms because the laws and regulations are beginning to oppress us. The changes being made are drastic and threatening the American lifestyle. The scales have become weighted on the side of big government.
All we can do is keep sounding the alarms and try to educate the complacent public who let bygones be bygones until it affects them so drastically they wake up and say "what the f#*k?"