The government is best which governs least.
The words have been credited to Thoreau, Jefferson, and Locke. Who said it is not as important as the spirit embodied in those words. It is the spirit that founded a nation and propelled it to greatness. It is the spirit lacking in those people who cannot see that greatness.
It is not really a country that spirit made great. Countries are simply a reflection of the people who inhabit them. Before the Spirit of 76 was splashed upon a canvas it possessed a people, inspired a revolution, and instituted a new government built on the principle that the people rule.
If that government is flawed, it that it sprang from the hearts and minds of flawed humans. But the craftsmen that put it together had a keen understanding of human nature and its foibles. They tried to balance the evil and good, they saw in the human soul and in themselves.
They were students of history, knowing well that of which men were capable. They had risked their homes and honor together, fought together, and now they had to live together. Through it all, they were convinced that good would triumph if given the freedom to do so.
It was their general belief that the more government intruded upon its citizens, the less free those citizens became. In that sense, they saw government as no more than a necessary evil. This modern woke generation has provided ample evidence of how correct the founders were in their assumption that government unchecked is a monster that devours liberty.
We wanted the government to assume responsibility for our health. In response to our desires, the government locked us in our homes (well, they tried), As if that weren’t enough, it is willing to deprive individuals of their livelihood, while crowing about how well they are caring for the compliant.
Just the other day, I saw a father teaching his very young daughter to stand on the Xs the government-mandated stores provide us. I couldn’t help thinking that free thought was breathing its last.
It is the assumption of our evolved government that the common people do not possess the mental capacity to make their own decisions. The world has become too complicated for us, or so we are told every day. Let the government experts do the thinking and planning—they know what’s best for everybody.
Hear the wisdom of Solomon; “yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man…”
Slumber on America, let the experts think for you—just dream about all the peace, safety, and security, they have given you—and it’s all free.
The only things that are no longer free are the people.
Sic Semper Tyrannis.