Following a recent and brief phone conversation that I shared with Jeff, I got to thinking about the very nature of the argument that is ripping at the fabric of our country. Specifically, I began ruminating on the two general sides of our society, the public sector and the private sector. We’ve all been raised having taken for granted that America is a “free country”, but when one steps back and considers the idea, what does that really mean? It’s supposed to mean that each man is free to chart his own course in life, which, of course, entails either greater or lesser degrees of risk. Each man and woman in this land has the right to his or her own life, choices, and privacy. The government is supposed to be a non-factor in any of this.