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Excellent Quote ...

... and I think you are right.

I think what happened is that common law was determined by court cases over the years and very few statutes were considered necessary.

But over time, more statutes came in and when a court was presented with a case, instead of utilizing the common law principles, instead cited the statutes and made up new principles that had nothing to do with common law principles (in fact, were opposite).

Then when future courts looked to other cases as precedent, all they had to go on was the cases that were using statutory type precedent and not common law principles.

I'm going to post an article I found about the traffic laws showing that this is EXACTLY what happened to our "right to travel."