Thank you all for reading and responding to my question. I am also getting comments directly emailed to me.
Here is one of the comments from EAA member Nickolaus Leggett.
The freedom to fly includes and represents the following important American freedoms:
1. Movement and travel (ranging from the first pioneers through our current travels on the Interstate Highway system and the National Airspace System)
2. Participation in the economy (flying for hire and flying to further one's own business enterprise)
3. Learning new skills and responsibilities
4. Innovating, inventing, designing, and developing new aircraft and aircraft components
5. Building one's own vehicle (building planes, boats, cars, etc.)
6. Associating freely with fellow Americans for business, pleasure, and learning
7. Appreciating natural environments and natural beauty
8. Connecting to the history of America through aviation (war birds, restored aircraft, the shared skill of flight,etc.)
9. Connecting to the image of a dynamic aerospace future
10. Providing emergency transportation and observation flights (Haiti, Civil Air Patrol, locating downed aircraft or others in distress)
11. Demonstrating America's trust and faith in its citizens and their sense of responsibility (a similar effect occurs with citizens' gun ownership)
12. Training of America's youth, adults, and seniors
13. Experiencing a wholesome adventure
14. Amateur and professional scientific research (tracking wildlife, observing migrating birds and butterflies in flight, observing weather, observing soil erosion effects, observing land use patterns and their changes
15. Support and enhancement of other activities such as camping, family interactions, photography, amateur radio, news reporting, etc.
If these freedoms are dropped in the name of security, then America will suffer a rather unpleasant future. (Note: I wrote a very nasty science fiction short story about just such an event. If you are interested, I will email a copy to you.)
Private aviation is very closely linked to the basic aspects of American culture listed above. Denying the freedom to participate responsibly in aviation is to deny many of our culture's aspects. If these aspects were to be removed from society, we would be left with a very passive populace who would be the subjects of a new "security state". Much of the populace would be bored and resentful of the excessive limits placed on them. The new society and sociology would be like that of the Soviet Union or other totalitarian states. Such a society would not enjoy a stable and prosperous future.
Nickolaus E. Leggett
EAA Member # 715753