The right to free associate is covered in the Consitution. The prob with choice of profession or home schooling of kids, the Constitution would end up being 100’s of thousands of pages long, so much has to be implied ‘right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’. The 2 key docs are the Constitution and the Dec of Independence.
The real question is how did the govt get to the point that its running your life, your business and everything else? The common term is “mission creep”: Govt is in charge of digging ditches. Ditches carry water run off, so now we are in charge of building lakes, lakes need docks, docks need boats, so now the govt is a boat builder, boats have to be moved to lakes, so the govt becomes a trucking company, trucks need gas, so govt drills for oil and the beat goes one.
What has happened in the US is the govt has moved from “results” management to “process” management. As you do that the results become less and less important, because results are easy to see by all and process takes more and more people to manage. This why our govt has become so large.
You ever work for a boss that went nuts if you came in at 8:01, but had worked in the office till 9 pm getting the report out? I have. Or a boss that asks for a draft report on the status of manufacturing to be presented in 3 mo at the annual meeting. You spend all day writing up a draft, leave it on his desk and it comes back a week later and NOT a SINGLE comment on what you wrote other than he circled in red 4 misspelled words. After 5 iterations of this and the ONLY contribution was comma placement and paragraph indent, and everywhere you wrote Happy, he changed to Glad, and where you had Glad, he changed to Happy! That is process, I have worked for bosses exactly like this. They only care about the process and that I came to work at 8, not 8:01.
Show me a person whose focus is on process and I will show you a liberal…process is CONTROL and if you look at the liberal agenda is all about control of your life, business and everything else…