The problem is always, always, always when rights collide. I don't have even the tiniest issue with the rights of ""any group" to speak, write, to create art, take photos, make and wave flags, etc." but when when any group demands I do something I don't want to do, that's a whole 'nother question. When it's essentially not just that I accept their right but that I give them special rights, it has crossed the line. When they use their rights to try take away mine, that can't be accepted.
Rights do collide. Or worse, one group of people demands that other people give up their rights for any number of reasons. One fine example being my right to keep and bear arms. It's already badly infringed and continuously under attack by people who would use the law and the force of the government to completely submerge it.
The right would not go away, the government would just forfeit what remains of it's legitimacy, but for most people it would be the same thing. In many states, it is already so onerous a process that legal gun ownership is rare. It won't stop, it will only get worse.
To bring in the rest of the discussion group:
In a free state, there can be no special rights. We take our rights equally. If the cake bakers had said they wouldn't bake a cake because one of the women was wearing a Confederate flag on her t-shirt, how would the press have handled it? It used to be I got to decide who I would buy things from and what I would buy. The businessman got to decide who he would sell to. It is no longer that way and it will not come back. Now I can be forced by law to buy things (healthcare, as a start) and businesses can be forced by law to sell.
Of course rights have responsibilities. The right to vote would logically require a voter to be informed about the issues of the day and the fitness of the candidates for the office they are seeking. We all know that does not take place in anything but a tiny minority of voters.
Yes, there is a drive to continue to radically reshape the culture. It is happening on so many simultaneous fronts that the push for gay marriage is only surprising for the amount of press it received. The culture has already been reshaped, and we have been left behind. The public school system will not produce people like us anymore and in a few decades we will be gone and then soon forgotten. They will take down the monuments, re-write the histories, it is so easy to do when you believe that the ends justify the means. Here's a question, how do you know you're enslaved when the chains are woven in your mind?
I do not harbor any hope that this will end well. The outcome of $20 trillion dollars of debt, 50% of the population receiving public assistance, the collapse of U.S. manufacturing, the ever increasing flood of immigration (legal or not), and the absolute lack of leadership on these issues at the national level makes Burt's prediction optimistic.
The pop quiz? We only have the rights and freedoms we are willing to defend.
And Burkdoggy is absolutely right, I am going edit the last post. He called me out for using "any group" when I rightly should have said any person. Rights belong to individuals. Groups may form for any number of reasons but the groups do not have rights, per se. Only the people, as individuals. I stand corrected.