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I Generally speaking, government always grows -- it never shrinks -- whether times are good or bad.
II In each area it purports to "assist", government attempts to replace individual decision-making with central planning.
III In order to implement its grand central plans and solidify its power, government must take from one citizen to give to another; this is, in effect, lawful theft.
IV No matter how many times central planning fails, the self-appointed masterminds in government assert that "this time is different" and that with only a few tweaks and more money, their delusional plans will succeed.
V Because it uses funds confiscated from taxpayers, self-restraint is no obstacle to government's ambitions.
VI Its fundamental misunderstanding of human nature notwithstanding, government must claim to grant "rights", which require it steal the labors of one citizen to give to another (such as food, shelter, employment, and health care).
VII No matter how widespread the harm it causes, government will never provide an honest and historical accounting -- a report card -- of its failures.
VIII As more individuals and families are harmed by the failures of central planning, government must find suitable scapegoats, must lie to do so, and therefore must also repress dissent.
IX In order to build its network of redistribution and grow a culture of dependency on its services, government must inevitably undermine the family unit, religion, and the notion of God-given rights in order to cow, bribe, or intimidate its citizens.
X As government grows ever more powerful, it must also become increasingly oppressive through compulsion and force. To do otherwise would mean government must shrink, and this it cannot do.
Any of these characteristics recognizable?
Hat tip: BadBlue News.
I have reached the point of believing that if the entire Greater Washington D C area along with everything and everyone in it were to instantaneously vanish from the face of the earth and never return, everyone in the world would thereafter enjoy more Liberty and be much less oppressed. U.S. government, city county state & federal is being ruined by the policies of tyranny & oppression emanating from Washington D C.
People ...PLEASE stop anthropomorphizing "government" Government is a FUNCTION. There are only men and women executing an allegedly letimate government function as another incorporeal entity the "STATE".
MEN AND WOMEN ARE OPPRESSING US NOT THE AMORPHOUS GOVERNMENT!
Until we correct the who and what of this in our communications nothing will be done.
We need to go after the individuals for misfeasance , nonfeasance and malfeasance.
There are legal remedies against the actors. There is no legal remedy against the "government"
As much as I would like to agree with you, indio007, there is a critical point when those well-intentioned souls who serve the people morphs into a bureaucracy whose function is to preserve itself. Read Max Weber for the details.
If what you say were true, then with each new administration, there would be a 100% turnover of employees in the agencies tasked with serving us...
Ain't gonna happen. What will happen is the erosion of the center as more and more people turn away from the Monster Machine.
"We need to go after individuals for malfeasance" reads well on paper. The implementation has some glitches. It is no longer possible to impeach a president, no matter ehat he does or fails to do. Clinton proved that. Even though he lost his license to practice law after he left office...
Doug: I'm going to mirror this...it's important that we keep articulating these ideas so the more fragile among us have words to express their sense of impotent rage...children ACT, adults THINK it through. A regressed, rageful "adult" is a fearsome being.
BUT .. if you remove the US-government, there will be a vacuum of power for Goodness in the world.
Tyrants will just take over the world and there will be no one to stop them.
The USA has some bad things . . but all of the good they do in the world far outweighs the bad.
If the US government vanished, there would have to be great men to move in and fill the void . . like they did 235 years ago.
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