Skip to comments.Editorial: Government threatens our freedom [must read!]
Posted on 09/13/2009 9:26:46 PM PDT by rabscuttle385
Freedom. Independence. Opportunity. These are a few of the descriptive words defining America. A place to carve out a new life, to farm a piece of land you could call your own, to raise a family and make a living, all free from government intervention, oppression and thousands of pages of rules and laws- this was America of two and three centuries ago.
People governed their own affairs in small communities. They elected needed government officials they knew. The local and the state governments were accessible and existed as servants of the people. The framers of our national government limited its powers and authority to just a few items beyond the scope of any single state to control: a national defense, interstate issues, immigration, a federal court to resolve lower court and state conflicts.
Along the way the federal government has grown like the flesh-eating bacteria on a physical body and now threatens the very existence of America. We have allowed the federal government to intrude into every area of our lives, and destroy the very independence that was the hallmark of our founders.
With independence and opportunity for advancement comes risk. But elected officials promote and vote for legislation that removes risk, thereby limiting our freedoms and forcing us into more and more dependence upon government. What was once a free republic has drifted to a socialist state and, with government owning a major portion of businesses like General Motors, a communist state.
By providing nurturing programs whose purpose is to ease every area of our lives, the government is telling us, "You are too ignorant or too lazy to resolve issues for yourselves."
Frankly, I believe our nation and people would be far better served with a vastly reduced federal government in size and powers.
For example, why do we need a federal Department of Education? It merely creates another very expensive layer of bureaucracy to first collect money from states, then redistribute it to states. Just leave the dollars in the hands of states in the first place, and let parents on local and area levels determine the education they want for their children.
This is one of the problems with the current health/insurance proposals. We don't need another layer of federal bureaucracy, with all its incumbent cost and waste, trying to provide health care. Leave it to states and local governments.
Politicians constantly try to expand programs in the guise of helping people who, in their view, are obviously incapable of helping themselves. Go back a hundred years in time, or look at the Amish today: A dozen friends can build the barn in day, and we don't need government involvement.
Look at the muddled educational system propounded by government. Our pioneers just met together, provided a school, took responsibility to see that their children were in school and studied, hired the teachers, and amazingly enough produced generations of hard-working, contributing men and women who were self reliant, independent risk-takers. They were the captains of industry and invention; great writers and thinkers; explorers, inventors, dreamers.
Frankly, I believe federal government could be cut by 90 percent and we would all be much better off. We might even see the independent spirit that founded and built our nation return. I'm all for that.
Works for me.
“For example, why do we need a federal Department of Education?”
Good luck getting rid of it. Once Obamacare gets here..we wont be able to get rid of that one either without a revolution.
This should have published in WI a year ago, a state that went to nObama with 56% of the vote, when it mattered. That hindsight thing sure is amazing.
We are enslaved by the Permanent Ruling Class of Washington. Our Constitutional Protections are urinated on by the democrat party and its vast federal bureaucracy.
We have lost our civil liberties. We all violate some micro-management federal law every day.
So Jimmy Carter could reward the teachers unions that got him elected.
And what ever happened to the humble public servant? Every one of them, from the lowliest janitor sweeping the public building to the president should show humility. That few do is another sign of just how far lost we are from our beginnings.
I think conservatives should put forward a platform where we pledge to cut the budget by cut taxes by let’s say 1.5% per year, and spending by twice that amount, for the next twenty years. We could use the difference between the two to fix the deficit and pay off the national debt. “If you want both your taxes and the federal government to shrink every year, vote for the GOP!”
Ooops, here’s the corrected version:
I think conservatives should put forward a platform where we pledge to cut taxes by lets say 1.5% per year, and spending by twice that amount, for the next twenty years. We could use the difference between the two to fix the deficit and pay off the national debt. If you want both your taxes and the federal government to shrink every year, vote for the GOP!
“MORE GOVERNMENT = LESS FREEDOM!!!”
An absolutely true statement, but most people don’t seem to prize freedom all that much. They are always willing to cede more and more power to the government so that it can take care of us better, protect us better, make us feel better, etc....
So many laws are made(a good number of them worse than useless) that its impossible to keep up with them.
Right we are all criminals every day. It is impossible not to break some law rule or regulation. For years we have allowed more and more socialist geniuses with too much time on their hands to make up more and more stupid rules.
When public service evolved from being a temporary job into a lifetime career full of tax payer funded perks including retirement, the genie was let out of the bottle.
‘A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.’
What part of this statement does the left not understand???
For example, why do we need a federal Department of Education?
To advance the cause of communism!
Marxism is our nation’s **most** serious threat. Schools ( especially schools controlled on the federal and state levels) are the Marxists’ most powerful weapon against freedom.
Yet...Few conservatives even recognize Marxism as being our most urgent and serious threat. Few even realize that their local schools are destroying our nation.
90% sounds a bit low but I’m willing to compromise.
As I always tell my Democrat BIL, what is the ONLY entity that can take every dime of your property, your family, even your life and get away with it, with no repercussions whatsoever? Not even the Mafia can do that. Only government. He never listens to me, of course. I’m a right wing nut case.
There is damn little that the federal government does that we couldn’t do better without. Except for the military, there’s not much of anything they do that is worthwhile or productive.
We have become a nation of “criminals” enslaved by a permanent unconstitutional bureaucracy.
Excellent article, bookmarked
The Tribune is the big paper in my area. It is an utterly lib, pro-Obama paper, but it occasionally lets conservative voices be heard. Unfortunately a lot of the “conservative” columnists they publish are of the Kathleen Parker/David Brooks stripe.
A man after my own heart!!!!!!!!
Thank you for the ping..
The truth is, federal government has become an evil entity.
Fact is, many state and local government are also bloated, parasites on the working people and corrupt to the core
...tell us what leaves we can smoke, and where.
Eliminate the Air Force, Navy, Army and Marines?
This should be printed out and posted on every telephone pole in America.
Especially around Election Day.