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The Commonality of Statism

A Geek With Guns takes us to a place not usually discussed in polite political circles (as if those exist):

We shouldn’t be arguing how to use government to manage our lives, we should be arguing why government is used to manage our lives.

~The majority of Americans have become ensnared in the state’s trap. They have been given state sanctioned confines in which to debate and never attempt to venture into territory outside of that. Political choices are illusionary. Whether you ask the state to legalize or prohibit something isn’t a choice, you’re asking the state to control individuals either way. If you ask the state to legalize something you are saying that the state has a rightful authority over that thing, which necessarily implies that the state may later make that thing illegal. If you ask the state to prohibit something you are again saying the state has a rightful authority over that thing, which necessarily implies you approve of the state’s use of violence against those who partake in that prohibited thing.

It is time we stop debating about how the government should use authority and argue against the government having authority.  (emphasis Guffaw)

The election posted this November will be more about Tweedledee versus Tweedledum than any previous election in history.  Voting on principle (for a third-party candidate) will probably only dilute the votes cast for the major parties, not win, and further disenfranchise the electorate.  But, it is Tweedledee versus Tweedledum after all.

Jack Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you…”  Today’s electorate seems consumed with what can that government do for me?

We need to step back and decide are we going to ask for more from a morally and financially bankrupt institution, or demand they do less.

How we enact this reversal of political direction is up to you.

h/t Christopher Burg

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About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.

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4 thoughts on “The Commonality of Statism

  1. I’m good with “do less & stop wasting money on things you don’t have the authority to do”. I only wish that attitude were a bit more popular.

    Posted by Rev. Paul | August 23, 2012, 9:20 am
  2. “The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop”
    – P.J. O’Rourke

    “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
    – Thomas Jefferson

    Posted by BobG | August 24, 2012, 6:55 am

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