The flaw in your thinking is that you assumed you were living in a constitutional democracy. You aren’t. You are living in a sort of Europeanized Nanny State.
Well Scott, I agree with you on the euro nanny state.
But as a poli sci major, I must correct one thing.
We are NOT a democracy of any sort. We are a Constitutional Republic. There is a major difference, but when the progressives succeeded in pushing through the 17th amendment, the lines got really fuzzy.
So I don’t fault you for thinking we are some kind of democracy, the propaganda machine is on full press mode to make the whole of the US think we are. I even hear pundits who should know better making that error so you are in good company!