19 Examples Of How Control Freaks Are Killing America With Their Completely Ridiculous Regulations

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The control freaks are winning, and they are absolutely killing America.  Our founding fathers intended to establish a nation where Americans would be free to pursue “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” in an environment where freedom was maximized and government interference was minimized.  Unfortunately, our nation has turned away from those principles and is now running 180 degrees in the other direction.  For some reason, our political system tends to attract psychotic control freaks that want to micromanage our lives and make most of our decisions for us.  These control freaks are actually convinced that freedom and liberty are “dangerous” and that there should be a rule or a regulation for just about everything.  This is not just happening on the federal level either.  The truth is that the control freaks are often the worst on the local level.  When you add up the red tape on all levels of government, we literally have millions of laws, rules and regulations in America today.  All of this red tape is suffocating our businesses, destroying our liberties and our freedoms, and slowly sucking the life out of all of us.  If we ever want to have any hope of restoring America to what it once was, then we have to start doing something about this horrific mountain of red tape.


In America today, there is very little that you can actually do without getting some sort of a “license” or a “permit” first.

Do you want to leave your home?

You better get a license to drive first or find someone that does.

Do you want to get married?

You won’t be able to do that without a license from the government.

Do you want to build a house?

Get ready for miles of red tape.

Do you want to start a business?

You better get ready for a very long relationship with licenses and permits.

At the rate we are going, pretty soon we will need permission from the government just to use the bathroom.

Our liberties and our freedoms have been turned into “limited privileges” that the government can revoke at any time.  With each passing day the grid of rules and regulations that we all live our lives inside is getting tighter and tighter.

How much tighter can this prison of red tape become before we all start going insane?

The following are 19 examples of how control freaks are killing America with their completely ridiculous regulations….

#1 An industrious 13 year old boy up in Michigan has had his hot dog stand shut down because of a zoning violation.  The funny thing is that Nathan Duszynski and his parents actually thought that they had jumped through all of the proper licensing and permitting hoops….

On Tuesday, as the young entrepreneur was downtown setting up a hot dog cart he helped buy with $1,200 saved from mowing lawns and shoveling snow, he got an unpleasant surprise courtesy of Holland City Hall.

Duszynski was told by city officials that his cart was in violation of a Holland zoning law that protects existing food businesses downtown against competition from mobile food vendors, and he would have to cease operation immediately.

It was a shocker for Duszynski, who, along with his parents, thought he had jumped properly through all the licensing and permitting hoops with the city and county.

#2 Could you imagine being sent to prison for collecting the rain that falls from the sky on your own property?

Well, that is exactly what happened to one man in Oregon recently.  The following comes from CNS News….

A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater.

What are they going to arrest us for next?  Breathing the air?

#3 Santa Monica, California has decided to make it illegal to smoke inside your own home.

The following is from a recent report by NBC Los Angeles….

Smoking is already banned at beaches, parks, restaurants and near buildings in Santa Monica, but Tuesday night the city council sought to expand that prohibition and voted 4-2 to ban smoking for all new tenants of apartments and condos inside their residences – with one exception.

“It also requires existing residents to designate their units as smoking or non smoking and from then on it will be prohibited to smoke in a non smoking unit,” said Adam Radinksy, head of the Consumer Protection Unit in Santa Monica.

#4 Apparently you are now considered to be “a terrorist” if you even dare to film what is going on at a TSA checkpoint.  But the TSA has no problem strip-searching elderly women and fiddling with their feeding tubes.

#5 In New Jersey, if you are driving around with an “unrestrained” cat or dog in your vehicle you can be fined up to $1000 for each offense.

#6 Do you believe in being generous with your neighbors?

If so, you might want to be very careful what you share with them.

For example, it is illegal to milk your cow and sell the milk to your neighbors in America today.

If you share raw milk with your neighbors, there is a very good chance that federal agents will be raiding your home at the crack of dawn with their guns drawn.

#7 Down in Miami Beach, Florida it will soon be absolutely mandatory to properly recycle your trash….

City commissioners passed a recycling ordinance on Wednesday.

Once the ordinance goes in effect in July 2013, people who don’t recycle would be fined $350 for their first violation, $500 for their second violation and $1,000 for the third violation.

If you live in Miami Beach and you don’t like to recycle hopefully you have a really, really big bank account.

#8 In Hazelwood, Missouri it is actually illegal for little girls to sell girl scout cookies in the front yards of their own homes.

#9 In one Denver neighborhood, children have been banned from drawing on the sidewalk with colored chalk.

#10 All over the United States, lemonade stands run by small children are being shut down by police because they do not have the “proper permits”.

#11 In the United States it is absolutely illegal to sell natural cures for cancer – even if they have been proven to work.

#12 Recently I wrote about a man that was arrested for hosting a Bible study in his own home.  Well, it turns out that he is still in prison serving his 60 day prison sentence.

#13 Are you growing a garden?

If so, you might want to be very careful that it is not violating any regulations.

In a previous article, I discussed how one unemployed woman in Tulsa, Oklahoma had her survival garden brutally ripped out and carted away by government thugs…

A Tulsa woman is suing the city’s code enforcement officers after she said they cut down her garden with no cause.

Denise Morrison said she has more than 100 plant varieties in her front and back yards and all of them are edible and have a purpose.

She knows which ones will treat arthritis, which will make your food spicy, which ones keep mosquitoes away and treat bug bites, but she said none of that matter to city inspectors.

Last August, Morrison’s front and back yards were filled with flowers in bloom, lemon, stevia, garlic chives, grapes, strawberries, apple mint, spearmint, peppermint, an apple tree, walnut tree, pecan trees and much more.

That unemployed woman was relying on that garden to provide the things that she needed.

But the government control freaks savagely ripped it all out and left her with nothing.

Now she will have to be dependent on the government because she has no other way to take care of herself.

#14 Does your child ever throw temper tantrums?

If so, your child may get arrested and sent to a mental institution if he or she throws a tantrum in front of the police.

For example, a 6-year-old girl down in Florida was “throwing objects, hitting administration personnel and screaming uncontrollably” so police handcuffed the 40 pound little girl and shipped her off to a mental institution for evaluation.

#15 Did you ever take plastic utensils with you to school when you were a kid?

Well, these days if you live in Florida you better not do that.

An 11-year-old kid down in Florida was actually arrested by police, thrown in jail and charged with a third-degree felony simply for bringing a plastic butter knife to school.

#16 In the state of Massachusetts, all children in daycare centers are mandated by state law to brush their teeth after lunch.  In fact, the state even provides the fluoride toothpaste for the children.

Isn’t that just so nice of them?

#17 In the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania it is illegal to make even a single dollar from a blog unless you buy a $300 business license. The city government even went after one poor woman who had earned only $11 from her blog over the past two years.

#18 If you saw someone that was thirsty, would you give that person a cup of cold water to drink?

Be careful before you answer that question – you might be breaking the law by giving someone water.

For example, down in Louisiana one church was recently ordered to stop giving out water because it did not have the “proper permit” to do so.

#19 This last example might be the saddest one of all.  If you can believe it, all over the United States cities are actually banning feeding the homeless.  The following comes from a recent USA Today article….

Philadelphia recently banned outdoor feeding of people in city parks. Denver has begun enforcing a ban on eating and sleeping on property without permission. And this month, lawmakers in Ashland, Ore., will consider strengthening the town’s ban on camping and making noise in public.

And the list goes on: Atlanta, Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Oklahoma City and more than 50 other cities have previously adopted some kind of anti-camping or anti-food-sharing laws, according to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

Are you angry yet?

You should be.

All of these completely ridiculous regulations are absolutely sucking the life out of us.

That is probably why a recent speech by U.S. Representative Mike Kelly received thunderous applause on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.  If you have not seen his speech about how regulations are killing America yet, please take a few minutes out to watch it.  You will be glad that you did….

Please share this video and this article with as many people as you can.

These control freaks are absolutely killing America.

I don’t want to see this country suffocated to death by red tape.

Instead, I want to see this country move back in the direction of maximizing liberty and freedom.

What about you?

What do you want for the future of this country?

  • Kitiem

    They know they can’t do anything useful, so they pass frivolous laws and rules to be seen doing something.

  • There’s a reason why we have so many laws and so much red tape…



    Don’t be a criminal but be prepared to become an outlaw…

  • Jeremy

    Why I haven’t heard anything bad about in Washington state?

  • Eisenkreutz

    My family has two small businesses and I am sick and tired of being bullied and jerked around by the damn *******skulled bureaucrats. Even the people writing the laws dont understand the laws. Theyll give you two totally contradictory instructions from one year to the next. Our jackass politicians that have never owned a business and had to put up with all this crap trying to tell us whats best for us. Congress needs to shut their fat mouths and listen to the people for a change. This idiotic garbage has got to stop or were gonna wind up just like Europe.

  • Dave Webb

    Rules are rules and ignorance of the law is no excuse. That is what one judge said years ago. It doesn’t matter that it would take a lifetime just to read about all the laws on the books. The laws governing taxation are so complicated right now that even the people enforcing the laws contradict each other on the telephone while advising the public.
    My thought is it should be ruled by the law of KISS. Keep It Simple Stupid! That reasoning is alien to the multitude of people that make a profit enforcing laws that most people have no knowledge of until it hits them in the face.
    I think all of these various laws are illegal. These laws are illegal by virtue of the fact that no one can possibly learn all these laws that are on the books! It is impossible to enforce these laws equally to all people. That fact makes them discriminatory. Any law that discriminates has to be thrown off the books by federal law.
    The biggest violators of this are zoning laws. The biggest job of a city law director is to keep these laws from being thrown off the books for discrimination or violation of grandfather clauses. Most zoning only applies to actions after the law is made. This is called grandfathering into a law. If you have an unlawful gravel drive, if it was put in before the law was made, then you are grandfathered in. The cities cannot enforce the law.
    No one but a utility technician has any right to be in your backyard. It should not be visible from the street. So by all means put up a privacy fence. Don’t forget to get a permit to do so. There is an area that utilities have the right to be in by law.
    They better knock on your door first. Otherwise anything they encounter in your yard like a nice german shepherd is their fault. Same with zoning people. It would be nice to put up a no trespassing sign. Don’t warn about the dog. That can be falsely assumed you are keeping a vicious animal on the property. You can always claim you let the dog out to go to the bathroom.
    The biggest fear of any city is to get their funding turned down by their own citizens. That is when they really do a good job of soft pedalling the zoning laws.
    I once calmed a law director down by mentioning the law was not enforced equally. His obvious question was how? I mentioned it was the middle of the winter with 4 to 6 inches of ice on the ground. The law says a hard surface for cars. I then mentioned the PortaPotty they had floating in the city park. He dropped the entire matter until the winter was over. By then I located papers showing I was grandfathered in.
    That is why the drug police are such fools. No one knows what you will encounter when you burst unannounced into anyone’s home. Police lives are dependent on people knowing who they are. I have in my lifetime known a number of people with loaded shotguns near the door over the mantel. Most of the doors were solid. 10 to 20 seconds after someone is breaking in, they have a mug full of buckshot. They deserve it for being unprofessional and violating the bill of rights.
    Every time they burst into an innocent person’s home they are faced with a huge lawsuit and lots of money out of the budget door. I thank-you and my now employed lawyer thanks you.
    Seriously, we have to rewrite our local laws. They have to be in plain American English and simple to understand.
    The tax laws need to be simple too. Whenever a small group are the only ones to understand the laws you have a real problem with enforcement.
    The control freaks need to consider that one day they will step over the line one too many times. At that point, the common person will not longer obey any of the laws. This has already happened with speed laws on our highways.

    • S. Wiseman

      Sorry, Dave. Now that governments are all-knowing thanks to satellite technology, privacy fences won’t protect you from the zoning ordinance enforcerment gang as one local father soon found out.

  • o_O

    sounds like societlal collapse, an OCD pandemic or the begining of a looneycracy

  • HecatesMoon

    I don’t want to be wrapped in bubble wrap! :((

  • Shouldn’t this say “19 examples” instead of 10?:

    “The following are 10 examples of how control freaks are killing America with their completely ridiculous regulations….”

    • Michael


      Thank you for catching that. I do actually proofread these articles but once in a while I let something like that slip through.

      I hate when that happens. :(


  • Donald Wilson

    Michael as Bill Paxtons’ character in Aliens stated “game over man, game over.”
    Yes Michael sorry to be the bearer of bad news it is the beginning of the new world order. Good luck and good night .

  • liberranter

    The only reason the “control freaks” get away with what they do is because a hyper-majority of the Sheeple want to be controlled. It’s really that simple. If the majority really consisted of liberty-loving, self-owning, independent, sovereign citizens, these “control freaks” would have been dethroned and lynched within a matter of seconds after even suggesting the things that they now do with impunity.

    Simply stated: Amerika is dominated by control freaks because it wants to be dominated by control freaks.

  • Tim

    “At the rate we are going, pretty soon we will need permission from the government just to use the bathroom.”

    Well, if you live in Maryland you have to pay to flush your toilet! That’s right. Maryland residents pay $60 a year to flush the toilet. In fact, the “flush tax” increased on July 1, 2012 from $30 to $60 a year. If you have a septic tank, i.e. you’re not on public sewer, the tax is tacked on to your annual property taxes.


    I lived in Maryland for many years, but I moved to another state 6 years ago. And I’m glad I did when I read about what Governor O’Malley is doing to that state. For example, on March 1 of this year, O’Malley signed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland beginning January 1, 2013. However, enough signatures were collected to allow Maryland residents to vote on the law in the general election in November. It will be interesting to see what happens. I hope that the constituency of Maryland hasn’t degenerated to the point that this becomes law.

    • Gay Veteran

      well Tim as a tax-paying Marylander I expect that the good people of Maryland will support equal rights

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    I see some of these are noting more then revenue generators for state and local governments. One of the more scary typhoons lingering out there is the total due for retirement payouts to state and local government workers. That’s real money and few states have the money meet these obligations.
    As things become more and more unstable you will see more laws and regulations because the powers that be don’t know what else to do.

  • Great speech in the House. I wish all politicians had his mentality. America is going down. On a side note, I just finished reading “The Harbinger” (the book always advertised on the side panel of this website) and it was amazingly unbelievable! Compelling and true. America has judgment coming; this is a fact.

  • Prepping for the Future

    The overwhelming majority of the BS comes from Blue States, just keep voting for more control over you slaves.

  • Fox

    #12 is the guy’s own fault for having his house rezoned as a church to avoid property taxes. He tried to have his cake and eat it too. After 2 years of warnings, they finally charged him for zoning violations he brought on himself to avoid taxes. Not that I agree with zoning or property taxes, but he tried to play the system. (badly) instead of fight it.

    • Chloe

      That’s illogical. If he had his home rezoned then he should follow the laws of that district. If that means no property taxes then there is no zoning violation.

  • Jabberwocky

    Years ago I became convinced that our “representatives” at all levels of government have outlawed all normal human activities and behaviors, with western civilization along with it, through odious mandates, regulations and legislation, and grievous taxation. This and other articles I’ve read in the past only confirm my convictions on this matter. Modern “government” has become the personification of pure evil.

  • It’s worse than Nazi Germany. Even in your home you’re being watched
    through your HDTV. Even the Smart Meters they want to put on every
    American’s household. Bad enough those Meters give off Microwave radiation
    and kill you slow. With all of dumb laws being passed how can the average
    American take? Chris~

  • Yes; One of my most favorite times of all times and it is drawing closer and closer as a new day dawns and I will be there as I love vengeance, That very special day is called Judgement day when my awesome God Jesus hands out rewards and certificates of eternal condemnation for everybody. No one will be forgotten on that day as sure as he rules and reigns forever, Amen, Hurry Lord Jesus as life on this earth is miserable and unlivable for the innocent…

  • ME

    Cheryl Meril is one of the idiots who need someone to keep her out of trouble because she isn’t smart enough to keep her hand out of a fan. People like her project their lack of sense onto everyone else. If smoking was such a big problem, restaurant owners would make their business smoke free voluntarily because their customers were demanding it.

  • It’s the big government control republicans yapping about small government that are destroying our freedom.

  • Patrick James

    The conclusion? The blood of tyrants and patriots will be shed.

  • Gay Veteran

    well, well, well, looks like the case for CO2 regulations just got stronger:

    The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic By RICHARD A. MULLER

    “CALL me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.

    My total turnaround, in such a short time, is the result of careful and objective analysis by the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature project, which I founded with my daughter Elizabeth. Our results show that the average temperature of the earth’s land has risen by two and a half degrees Fahrenheit over the past 250 years, including an increase of one and a half degrees over the most recent 50 years. Moreover, it appears likely that essentially all of this increase results from the human emission of greenhouse gases.

    …How definite is the attribution to humans? The carbon dioxide curve gives a better match than anything else we’ve tried. Its magnitude is consistent with the calculated greenhouse effect — extra warming from trapped heat radiation. These facts don’t prove causality and they shouldn’t end skepticism, but they raise the bar: to be considered seriously, an alternative explanation must match the data at least as well as carbon dioxide does.

    …What about the future? As carbon dioxide emissions increase, the temperature should continue to rise. I expect the rate of warming to proceed at a steady pace, about one and a half degrees over land in the next 50 years, less if the oceans are included. But if China continues its rapid economic growth (it has averaged 10 percent per year over the last 20 years) and its vast use of coal (it typically adds one new gigawatt per month), then that same warming could take place in less than 20 years.

    Science is that narrow realm of knowledge that, in principle, is universally accepted. I embarked on this analysis to answer questions that, to my mind, had not been answered. I hope that the Berkeley Earth analysis will help settle the scientific debate regarding global warming and its human causes. Then comes the difficult part: agreeing across the political and diplomatic spectrum about what can and should be done.”

  • The Awakened

    When earlier generations allowed driver’s license to become the norm of the day, other forms of ‘licensing’ became mandatory. So don’t exclusively blame government for the current state of affairs for governments, regardless of how totalitarian they might be, receive consent from the masses. From now on, refuse based upon consent of the governed and just say no I won’t comply.

  • A.S.

    How is it that these morons get voted for again? Don’t people remember how they took away our liberties?


    People, join the dots:
    Step by little step we are heading to that Global Government which everyone wants to deny or portrays as the answer to all our problems.

    FREEDOM, in the best sense of the word, not the way THEY are spooning it to us is slowly being erroded and what you take as freedoms now will soon be taken away in the name of GOOD FOR THE GREATER GOOD, just THEY won’t say whose GREATER GOOD they refer to. Already many have been taken away. With one swoop, the World Trade Towers, changed our lives more than most people dare to realize and it was NOT the conspiracy we have been led to believe it was.

  • Piglet

    “At the rate we are going, pretty soon we will need permission from the government just to use the bathroom.”

    Remember the fuss about a dozen or so years ago when older toilets that used more water were banned? There was even an episode of The Simpsons concerning this issue. It’s so ridiculous that it makes you want to go out back and “kick a tree” instead. Ooops, can’t do that, certainly there’s a law against it, and all of the critters in the forest behind my house will soon be under arrest, too.

  • S. Wiseman

    #16 In the state of Massachusetts, all children in daycare centers are mandated by state law to brush their teeth after lunch.

    The State wants control of children at ever younger ages. Can’t have children growing up believing that parents have authority, now can we? Easier to train them up to be obedient to the State while they are still in diapers. Loyal little Romans who will grow up to turn their parents in if they don’t recycle.

    I find this article deeply disturbing.

  • Guido

    I’m not sure what’s happening, but I’m seeing more and more of my recent posts not making it onto the site.

    What I wrote when this post went up was that increasing complexity and more and more regulations are not a sign of a healthy society.

    Collapse theorists, yes it’s a real branch of study, point to simplicity and resilience as important survival traits of any system, whether it’s an ecosystem, immune system, or government. As systems age, they add complexity to maintain growth at all costs until they reach a point of diminishing returns, then they slip into collapse.

    Collapse isn’t the end of the world, but it represents change until a new equilibrium is reached that permits new growth.

    Our system does not do itself any favors by making itself more complicated and rule-bound. Our system is ossifying to protect itself and, in doing so, is dooming itself to a more and more spectacular collapse when it comes.

    The theorists point to San Fran’s 1906 earthquake as an example-the city was built out of rickety old wood and brick buildings, an earthquake knocked it down, the ruins caught fire, and the aftermath taught them to build better structures, a better firemain system, and it even led to improvements to our financial system.

    • Michael


      I have not deleted any of your posts. It could just be a technical glitch. This software certainly is not perfect.

      I always appreciate your comments. I hope that everyone will have patience with the site when technical bugs cause little bumps in the road.


      • Guido

        No, Michael, I can you tell you pretty much don’t censor anything. I’m just not sure why my posts seem to vanish recently. I’m starting to get a little concerned because sometimes I suffer from diarrhea of the keyboard and I hate having to reconstruct my original thoughts.

        • Michael

          If this happens any more please let me know because I try to keep the sites running as smoothly as I can.

          I don’t like technical glitches. :(


        • katie

          I’ve had the same happen elsewhere. I got into the habbit of doing a Ctrl+A (to select all text) then a Ctrl+C (to copy) then if anything messes up in the transmission, I can just come back and do a Ctrl+V to paste the text right back in there. hope that helps.

  • Concerned Citizen

    We are living under millions of pages of laws and regulations (which are also laws). It is very detrimental to the economy and a great burden on businesses and citizens.

  • Well, at least I can agree with #5. As a dog owner and breeder, and a long time pet lover, I can’t stand seeing unrestrained animals in moving vehicles. Personal freedom does not entangle freedom to risk other’s lives, health and property.

    Imagine if you have an accident, which may or may not be your own fault. You probably expect someone to help you get out of the vehicle, unless you can do it of your own. But that might be quite dangerous if there’s one or more injured, afraid and/or angry animal(s) in the vehicle with you. The animal(s) might even escape from or get thrown out of the vehicle before, in or after the crash.

    And for that matter; partly the same could be said about other goods and passengers not properly secured/restrained.

  • anonymous 2

    Its all the works of the DEVIL.

  • anonymous 2

    dont buy into it. God is #1

  • apowers02

    I’ve been thinking about this matter also and things like the so called elite, also little things like cities that make it illegal to park overnight on streets even in your own neighborhood. Gun control, I want to be reasonable, yes we need some laws but it is now to the point of destroying America. My point is what is the best way to control America? I’m still researching this question because unless your blind or a liar something is going on. My best answer so far is to controll America is thru LAW, this way unwittingly you can be helping without realizing and it’s supposedly legal. But the who, the why, the how need answering and that will show what us going on here in our beloved country.