Explanation: I actually had a hard time coming up with an illustration for this topic. Not because there were too few examples, but because there were so many it was hard to pick one. It is almost axiomatic that More Government leads to Less Liberty. Liberty is about not being told what to do. It is about being free to choose your own path, and responsible for the consequences of those decisions. Liberty is a cross-roads where only your choices determine the destination.
Any time Government expands its power, it can only do so at the cost of some of your Liberty. The absolute of Liberty is Anarchy- which is Liberty gone so amok that it no longer even resembles Liberty. The absolute of Government is Despotism.
We gave up some of our Liberty (like, Liberty to shoot one another over a fence-post, for example) to our Government to allow it to enforce the societal contract. It, in return, was supposed to protect us, and to make itself as little a burden as possible. That was the entire part of the Republican Federalist system the Founders Established. Instead, it grew. It grew slowly, at first. People who were alive for the Founding kept things in check. Their children as well. Then, everything changed. First, the Civil War effectively abolished the 10th Amendment. Without discussing the "reasons" for the war, it is undeniable that, until that point, it was accepted by virtually all parties that States had the power to remove themselves from the Union. The Civil War changed that. From that point over, we have had an ever growing Government, and ever less Liberty.
Now, Government tells us what we can and cannot eat. It tells us where we can and cannot build homes, or businesses. It decides if we are worthy of self-protection in the form of gun ownership. It restricts our movements, it mandates certain purchases, and all the while it grows larger, ever larger.
One day, it will be to late to kill the Leviathan. This beast we have created and allowed to run amok will, one day, strangle the last of our Liberties. That can be stopped, but we must first accept that is happening, we must understand the reasons, and we must stand up and shoulder the Responsibilities that Government has oh-so-generously taken from us: at the cost of our Liberty.