Government is a useful and necessary goal for any large population of people. In general, when you can help a group of people work together and abiding by the same general principals you form a civilization. I mean you don’t want one group of people to decide they want to drive on the left side of the road and another group of people to drive on the right. Too much non-conformity becomes chaos.
On the other hand individual choice is important too. A person doesn’t want a Government to tell them what they can have for dinner or how they dress – even if what they are eating is unhealthy. There is definitely a fine line between what we want our Government to help us organize collectively and what we want to decide for ourselves. Over that time it seems like people have forgotten the role of Government and the line between individual liberty and common good has become increasingly blurred.
People have become used to being provided for by the Government. From entitlement programs to the legislation of morality – we have it all. It’s part of society now. We look for the Government to tell us what’s right and wrong – not ourselves. Illegal drugs are bad, legal ones are acceptable. Food is safe, it’s Government approved. Abortion is okay, but two individuals of the same sex getting married is bad. The list goes on.
My point is that Government has become much too engrained into our personal lives. Worst of all we’ve accepted it – even embraced it. Why do we need the Government to tell us not to do Drugs? Does it even help that they do? Why do we need Government to tax the people so our aging mother can go on welfare? Does that alleviate my responsibility to help? Why is my personal relationship a Government issue, but the life of an unborn child not? Where is the consistency?
Most of all, why have we put so much trust in the system? Why have we put decisions about our personal lives in the hands of a mostly wealthy elite that clearly cannot relate to the majority of Americans. How can we expect an individual with no stake in an issue to vote any other way than how it will personally benefit themselves? It’s illogical. Yet we continue to beg for Government to run our lives.
We demand for Government to make reinforce our personal beliefs via legislation and complain when they enforce something different. We fail to appreciate the value of personal liberty and an option that allows each individual to decide for themselves. We ignore that moral legislation fails anyway.
The Government says drugs are illegal, we do them anyways and drug cartels exploit it. The Government says no to gay marriage, we make gay porn. The Government forms the EPA then bails out an industry responsible for the most pollution. Using our stolen tax dollars to fund every decision.
Even many self proclaimed “conservatives” are more than willing to use Government to enforce their personal ideas on the population if it fits suits them – all the while shouting “limited Government” rhetoric. We can’t have both. We can either expect the Government to intervene in our lives or not. Beg them to pay our bills with tax dollars or not. Beg for more legislation so my kids know how to behave or teach them myself.
So do we continue to ask the Government to make our choices for us? Do we trust them to make the right ones? I think not. The only solution is to demand a limited Government and demand our society to take responsibility for itself. Each individual has a role to play – each community. Hold your neighbors accountable, hold yourselves accountable, and leave the Government to truly provide for the common good. That’s the best thing we can do for the nation.