Jeff Neal for C.U.R.E. - Certain Unalienable Rights Endowment

Freedom – Can you bottle it?

In Opinion on June 2, 2011 at 11:19 am

In every battle over government spending, the left shouts “any new budget deal will benefit only the rich and powerful” and I say “Of course.” That is a fact of power politics. In a struggle of any kind, who wins – the weakest or the most powerful?

That is the essence of the argument for a small government with limited-powers – the more powerful the ruling entity is the more power the powerful have. DUH. Sounds simplistic and redundant – it’s neither. It’s the reason our founders drafted a Constitution that imposed strict limits on what their government could do. We are not a democracy, we are a constitutional republic. There are some things a government must not do – distribute fairness is one of them, and that’s true even if it had not been written down in 1789.

Do you want more civility, do you want better politics, more peace and prosperity, the powerful to be less so in government affairs? There is one and only one way to do that:  Lower the stakes – put government back in its cage and let free men and women live productive lives, interacting voluntarily without the government looking over their shoulders.

There is no such thing as a government budget or plan that “reflects the true values and views of the American people” as I hear those same commentators and politicians (Dems and Reps alike) suggest. American values and views are by definition not able to be encapsulated in a government program. They are too diverse and disparate to be written in a statute or law. Those views and values belong to individuals and cannot be distilled into some collective, group-think formula.

You can’t bottle the American Dream and give it away as a government program. You can only live it as a free man or woman, unaided by government.

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