As I have been sitting here reading over many of the news stories of the week, and seeing many of the reactions of protesters and consumers over current economic & fiscal matters facing our great nation today, I have to wonder, do people ever just ask themselves, “What it the role of Government?”
It seems to me that things are becoming more polarized and very clear that there is a distinct difference between those who believe Government should be all things to all people and those who truly believe that the Government should have as little a footprint on our individual lives as possible. Our founders were very aware that the worst thing that could happen to our great republic would be for the Federal Government to become a overburdensome one-size-fits-all type of Government, but as I have noticed throughout my lifetime, it has become more and more of just that. It is becoming more and more clear that there is a distinct difference between those who depend on government for almost all things and those who simply want government out-of-the-way. I think that it is becoming more and more clear everyday that there is a distinct line between conservatives who believe in individual liberty, personal accountability, & the freedoms afforded by limited government and liberals who by most accounts that I have encountered and been exposed to, believe in collective rights, increased big government intrusion in our lives and little, if any, individual liberty & personal accountability.
We can see the effects of these different mentalities playing out more and more within our country. Lets take for example the situation in Wisconsin… Public Employee Unions, who are the epitome of anti-individual liberty, have been raising havoc in that states capital for over two weeks now. Not only that, but they are now being joined by and egged on by outright socialists looking for revolution. The problem is, as more and more people begin collecting a check from government, and the government finds itself in a position to make cuts, it must cut from those who are depending on that government check, and then the havoc ensues. This doesn’t even begin to address the people who are not working for their government hand-out.
Let us now take a hypothetical look into the future… We currently have sustained unemployment levels higher than most any of us have seen in our lifetimes, currently have greater numbers of people on food stamps and welfare than any of us have seen in our lifetime, and a greater number of citizens in so-called poverty than most any of us have seen in our lifetime. Now, that said, we have political elitists that do not have the political fortitude to say enough is enough when it comes to entitlement spending, so the self-perpetuating cycle continues to grow and feed itself. This my friends is a prime example of socialism and why socialism always fails. As the government continues to take from the productive people in this country and “invest” in those who are not productive, the number of producers begins to shrink and those “investment” recipients begin to grow. Well, the number one flaw in socialism is, eventually you always run out of other people’s money. If you think the protests are bad in capitols like the one in Wisconsin, what happens when the millions of people currently depending on government hand-outs start to face serious cuts in “entitlement” benefits? This, my friends, is a serious danger that our great nation is faced with.
We are fast approaching a tipping point in our country folks where more people are dependent upon government than those who are funding the government. As we surpass that tipping point my friends, it is all over but the crying, because as those numbers of people dependent upon a government check grow, knowing that they can vote themselves a higher portion of the productive classes earnings, we begin to quickly run out of those productive earners and the money spicket runs dry.
I truly believe that the worst thing a person can do for themselves and their family is become dependent upon the government. I believe that if we don’t quickly return control in everything from education to healthcare to the most local of levels and reduce the bureaucracy of a one-size-fits-all federal government run by political elitists that don’t have the political fortitude to say “no” when it comes to socialist spending, our republic is doomed to fall.
Please just ask yourself, “What is the role of Government?” and are you one of those who are more dependent on government than it depends on you? God bless all of you and God bless America…