Best of Intentions

“A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men, though he is needed as vultures are needed, but one hardly admires vultures whom bureaucrats so strangely resemble. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull, almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief, a holder of little authority in which he delights, as a boy delights in possessing a vicious dog. Who can trust such creatures?”  – Marcus Tullius Cicero

 Greetings, you magnificent lovers of Liberty!

I was talking to Angela (a friend and fellow veteran) yesterday when, during the course of our conversation, she expressed genuine bafflement at the mentality of Progressives and their collectivist ilk. She and I, along with many others, find it nearly incomprehensible that a human being can be so utterly devoid of humanity, and so willfully ignorant while simultaneously being completely oblivious to it. But her comment caused me to consider that Leftist way of thinking which has caused, and is now causing, so much damage to the foundation of our great country. So utterly alien to me is this notion that one must rely upon a bloated and hopelessly ineffective government in order to function in everyday life. The whole of that philosophy is antithetical to the Liberty-loving mind, and reeks of a desperate inadequacy inherent in a startling lack of self confidence. Not only is this way of thinking quite frankly pathetic; but it is aggressively detrimental to the American spirit.

Our Founding Fathers envisioned a limited government, small in size and scope, able and conservative. Men like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison understood that the nature of government is toward growth, which is why our Constitution was written specifically to place limitations not upon the people, but upon federal authority. Jefferson described a “wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.” Unfortunately, the 16th Amendment virtually ensured unrestrained governmental growth by allowing federal powers to take, by force, from the mouth of labor.

In 1936, the government established the Federal Register to keep track of the regulations, hearings and general busy-ness of an increasingly meddlesome governing body. At that time, one volume was sufficient to record all government business for an entire year, and that book was roughly the size of a family Bible. The number of these volumes has steadily increased over the years, of course, but not by only one or two per year. They have increased exponentially in concert with the growth of government.

What I find most perplexing when arguing in support of Liberty and against the authority of government, is that these ideas are not recent developments. 60 years before the birth of Christ, a man named Marcus Tullius Cicero was speaking the language of freedom. “Do not blame Caesar,” he wrote, “blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and given him triumphal processions.” I can’t be sure, but it’s possible the word “Caesar” was Latin for “Obama.” Cicero goes on to speak of the desires of these Romans for “more money, more ease, more security, and more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.” I’m not making this stuff up, people! The fall of Rome was no accident of history; it was directly due to those who voted away their own Liberty.

I sincerely believe, after speaking to a number of Progressives, that they regard themselves the earnest harbingers of all good will. They really do have the very best of intentions, though no foresight for what those intentions will inevitably create. A person who employs only his compassionate nature does so because he is unable to use reason. Of the countless volumes in the Federal Register, the majority are laws which intend to protect the individual from himself, and while that may be a high and noble purpose it is hardly the basis upon which a society of responsible citizens prospers. So, if our true intention is to legislate ourselves into slavery, then by all means we must continue headlong down this path. Let’s continue to forfeit our own good judgment in favor of those we pay to think for us. Let’s criminalize everything that has any potential for danger, because who needs a 60 oz. soda, or an AR-15, or free will? This is a well-trod road paved with good intentions, leading directly toward the ash heap of history, so why are we traveling it so slowly?

Well, our “progress” is hampered by those, like you fine patriots, who see far enough ahead to prefer the road less traveled by…and that will make all the difference.

Think about it…

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