One Small Voice. A Lot of Big Ideas. Let Freedom Ring!
Continued from previous post: See Let’s Fix the Problem, America! Part I
Government has a vital role in our society. However, when it begins encroaching on the future prosperity of individuals and corporations, when it starts picking winners and losers (heavily unionized industries, like the auto industry receives bailouts, Green industry receives stimulus funds, homeowners with underwater mortgages receive government-backed re-fi’s, while the coal industry faces impossible, expensive new regulations), government is overstepping its constitutional boundaries.
The federal government has no business performing unfair practices that include propping up certain sectors of the economy and punishing others. In a free society, the free market decides the winners and losers. Some government regulation is necessary to protect consumers against price-gauging and monopolies. But our government today is operating far outside their constitutional reach.
Our founders were no dummies. They knew that a government that governs best is one that governs least. Today, governance rules our lives and personal liberty is no longer a guaranteed right to all but a privilege for the few.
I would rather be poor and free….at risk and free…sick and free…than be at the mercy of an overbearing, all-controlling government. It was sentiments such as these that led our ancestors to break away from Great Britain. Sadly, too many Americans do not see the similarities between the days preceding the American Revolution and the situation our nation finds itself in today.
But unlike our revolutionary ancestors, we already have a form of government in place that guarantees our freedoms so our battle to restore those freedoms, restore capitalism and restore confidence in our economy and our future can and should take place at the voting booth.
It is imperative that we elect representatives, senators, governors, state houses, local officials and a president that don’t just mouth the words about defending our constitution but actually take their oaths seriously.
President Obama and a majority of congress have proven by their actions that the constitution is an annoyance they would rather not be bothered with. And far too many Americans either doesn’t understand what they are giving up or don’t care. In a free society, you are free to be ignorant. And ignorance is not a disqualification for voting. So we keep electing leaders that do our country harm.
The answer is education. If the threat to personal freedom is not a concern, perhaps the threat that the welfare/social security/government housing/food stamps/disability checks are threatened will make voters take notice and demand that our elected officials adhere to the principles of smaller government.
Lest voters worry that smaller government may translate to smaller entitlement checks, we can take a lesson from our current administration and congress and kick that can down the road a bit. There’s no doubt that all entitlement programs need serious reform.
But the fact that the money just won’t be there for entitlements is looming, stuck in the road, and can’t be kicked any further.