Commentary by James Shott
Next week’s election provides an opportunity to take a big step toward correcting the numerous wrongs afflicting America.
federal government is too big, too expensive, too oppressive, and too
intrusive. Some of those who work for us in Washington and elsewhere
misbehave: they lie, cheat and steal, put politics ahead of service and
pay no penalty for it. Sometimes, they are rewarded for their treachery.
believe it is their job to decide what we should eat, what kind of
toilet to buy, what kind of light bulbs to use, what we can and cannot
say, what health insurance we must buy, which industries should be shut
down, how our electricity should be produced, how we may utilize our own
private property, the minimum amount employers must pay the least
experienced and least knowledgeable workers, who we can do business
with. They want to know who we talk to and what we think, and think they
can tell religious organizations they must violate their principles or
face penalties, and they waste our money on frivolous projects that
often fund their friends.
What ever happened to being able to
like or dislike anything at any time for any reason, or for no reason?
What happened to “we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone?”
People invest their money, mortgage their home to fund a business, only
to find they are not actually in charge of it; they must follow
sometimes-foolish government rules, or suffer the consequences.
excesses, corruption and wrongdoings of the federal government are much
worse than those of state governments, which in turn are much worse
than those of county and municipal governments. Why? Because the smaller
and closer government is to the people it serves, the more responsive
to and respectful of those people it is.
It has not helped that
our federal government is staffed by career bureaucrats who often take
on a sense of power and privilege beyond their limited authority, and it
is run by career politicians, many, perhaps most, of whom at some point
shift their focus from good and faithful service to being re-elected.
Flipping channels the other night I came upon a replay of the Communist Party USA convention in Chicago last June on C-SPAN3.
Chairman Sam Webb was speaking: “Here are my two cents. What is needed
is nothing less than the restructuring of the economy and the
consistently and deeply anti-corporate and eventually socialist
Among the things Mr. Webb favors are “a guaranteed
livable income for all and the reduction of the workweek with no cut in
pay” … “and major expansion of every aspect of the public sector to
education, housing, retirement security, health care, elder care, and so
forth.” He supports raising the minimum wage, and the idea that
everyone who isn’t doing well – the underpaid, underemployed,
unemployed, the discriminated against, struggling families, students,
the underwater homeowner, the bankrupt city” – are victims of
He favors moving “government priorities away from
military spending.” And he wants the wealth amassed by the evil 1
percent to be transferred into “public hands, our hands.”
sounded just like big government American liberals, who prefer to call
themselves “progressives,” presumably to describe their drive toward
Mr. Webb might have listed the countries
that have thrived after implementing these ideas, but he didn’t, because
there aren’t any. Though heaven knows many have tried: Cuba, North
Korea, China, Vietnam, Laos, et al. They exist as repressive nations
forcing their ideology on their citizens and killing or imprisoning
those who disagree, and usually have to adopt some capitalist market
characteristics to survive.
Under our Constitution, which
designed the government that led the United States to levels of
greatness and a degree of individual freedom never before imagined, the
federal government was never supposed to be what it has become: an obese
and controlling machine that is blind to or unconcerned with its
harmful effects on the people it is designed to serve.
authority was deliberately left to the states and to the people, as so
stated in the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution. “The powers not
delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it
to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the
From 1955 until 1980 Democrats controlled both houses
of Congress, also from 1987 to 1995, and again from 2007 to 2011. Since
1955 Republicans controlled both houses of Congress for only 10 years,
during the period 1995 to 2007, while Democrats were in control for 50
years. During this period of Democrat dominance, government has grown
into a gargantuan monstrosity that threatens our freedom, and indeed our
very survival today.
Capitalism and limited government got us
where we were when the United States was on top. Liberal Democrats took
us from there to the low point where we are now. The devolution will
continue unless we put a stop to it. The Republican Party is the only
viable mechanism to slow or stop the headlong slide toward
socialism/communism we have witnessed over the last few decades.
Vote Republican in this election.
Cross-posted from Observations