By Nathan Barton
Too much of the time, too many people operate under the misunderstanding that government can do anything. They assume that with enough money and “incentives” (carrots AND sticks – big ones!), that government(s) can do anything which they (as petitioners or supplicants, or as legislators, executives, judges and/or policy makers) tell or want government to do.
It is a mindset which even many opponents of government share: it is very much like a belief in magic. Not the Harry Potter or L. Sprague de Camp type of magic, with strict roles and rules and laws. No, it is the Walt Disney sort of magic: wave the magic wand and voila! Miracles happen. Indeed, it is an attitude that makes the State out to be God.
A recent example of that is found in Illinois (and other states), where an apparently naive or true-believer in government state legislator wants the state to put serial numbers on every bullet and shell casing so that they can figure out “how the guns and the bullets are getting into the hands of our youth and causing senseless harm and murder on our streets.” Breitbart reports, mostly with a straight face, on this quaint, absurdly trusting proposal.
The same attitude was behind a disturbing incident in DC, reported by The Daily Sheeple (warning: NOT verified by other scources). A two-year-old girl was issued a $75 ticket for littering after a municipal “solid waste inspector” found a piece of litter with her name on it, in an alley near her family’s home. When her mother (an attorney, by the way) called the inspector after getting the citation in the mail, she was told that they would not rescind the ticket, and that if the child did not pay, and did not show up in court, a bench warrant would be issued for her arrest: the standard procedure for scofflaws in many locations. No doubt, the thugs which make up the city council in DC (well-known for its members engaged in recreational cocaine use and use of prostitutes, both felonies in that slum) think that government not only can but should regulate every minute of every day of its victims’ (excuse me, citizens’) lives and do anything it deems necessary to “protect” the health and welfare of the people and the condition of the environment.
Sadly, too many people will see nothing wrong with this, or (if the girl’s parents fail to pay or bring the child to court) the careful assembly of a SWAT Team with flash-bangs and MAC-10s to go out and bring the toddler to “justice.” Certainly it is unlikely that any of the members of that SWAT Team would have a problem with carrying out their “duty” to serve and protect in such a way. Because, after all, government not only CAN but SHOULD do ANYTHING it deems worthy of its majestic attention.
And we all know (as a government official once said publicly) that “nits make lice,” and what is another scarred, burned, or even dead girl-child, compared to demonstrating the power and preeminence of government?
But the point of today’s article is broader than just insane ideas of what technology can do, or even the abuse of a preschooler. It is sad but true that most people do NOT have an adequate understanding of what government is. They have misconceptions (pushed by politicians and the elite for centuries) that it is “of, by, and for the people,” and that it is designed to protect us from violence, or to protect our liberties. It is none of these things.
Mama’s Note: Not to mention the theft funded government indoctrination centers that teach the government religion…
Rather, it is violence, violence intended to protect and promote the elite who call themselves our rulers, our betters, and who wish not just to stay powerful and wealthy, but to grow more powerful and more wealthy. It is a way to control, not just the common people, but those people who are supporting the elite rulers: the bureaucrats, the police, the soldiers and airmen and sailors. It prevents competition to the elite, the powers-that-be. Whether that competition is from the rulers of other lands, the “free-lance” criminal class, or the grassroots – the common people who have reached their breaking point, the government – the mechanisms of the state – seek to maintain the status quo.
Government, in the aggregate, is nothing but a form of slavery. It is, in so many ways, a more hideous slavery than slavery practiced openly. It is not just conscription or taxes that constitute modern, governmental slavery: it is laws and regulations which (even if they prescribe something inherently bad in itself) make men and women creatures of the state, and deny them the free will, responsibility, and opportunity that liberty provides.
Such is NOT right. It may be what we see for most of history, but it is immoral, ungodly, and not to be tolerated. Man’s birthright is liberty. Until we give up all our misconceptions of government and recognize it for the dispensable evil that it is – and then dispose of it – we cannot be completely free.