Spare the Rod, Spoil the Government
The American people have to learn how to say “no” more often.
Think what you will about the government shutdown, one benefit is clear: it’s revealing the soul of the Obama Administration and big government philosophy. The soul of a spoiled, rotten brat.
Picking one example is difficult. There’s the closure of the WWII Memorial in DC, such that WWII veterans were unable to take a pre-arranged trip, on the dubious grounds that a facility in no need of continuous maintenance – and thus not suffering at all from the furlough – must be closed simply because it was owned by the feds. There’s the barricading of site-seeing vistas surrounding Mt. Rushmore because, as we know, if something the federal government runs is visible from the road, it must be hidden away while unfunded. There was the blockage of President Washington’s Mt. Vernon, a privately-owned property, on the grounds that a small section of the parking lot was federal land. Now, perhaps most ridiculous, the feds have closed the oceans. Yes, really.
The takeaway from this outrage: A government that can give freedoms is a government that can take away freedoms.
We Americans entrust all sorts of things to the government. We figure we can’t police ourselves, so we turn from vigilantism and establish police. Only trained individuals should be putting out fires, so we establish fire departments. We set up licensing for physicians, for teachers, for realtors, for salesmen, for restauranteurs, all so we can ensure the safety and quality of our medicine, our education, our homes, our stuff, and our food. Most of these things, perhaps, have good reason behind them. They were established with common sense by local communities all over the country. Then a few of those communities start thinking, “who’s going to license the licensers?” They form oversight committees and impose the idea one other cities. States step in, then federal commissions. Bigger government tells the smaller government that they need to be managed, and hey, while we’re at it, why don’t we just handle it ourselves? And we end up with a bigger government than we ever intended, and it starts claiming things like, “hey, you get your medicine/education/homes/stuff/food from us. You’d better do what we say.”
And the liberals wonder why the Obamacare is so unpopular, but it’s the central issue in this whole shutdown.
It didn’t take time for practicing Catholics to turn against it. We were the first to have our rights – freedom of religion and freedom of conscience – stripped away. The HHS said, “hey, we give you healthcare, you have to do things our way.” Uncle Sam gives me healthcare? Talk about refusing CPR…
The government is nothing but a self-appointed (and self-important) arbiter. The US government has been writing its own rules for years and trying mightily to force them on everyone else. When we refuse to play by their rules, the spoiled brats throw the game off the table in a huff: “If you don’t give me what I want, you can’t play!” Nevermind the game was ours in the first place. The government insists that our freedoms are its benevolent gifts, but these aren’t federal lands, monuments, and waters, they’re American. They belong to the taxpayers. This isn’t Uncle Sam’s health; it’s mine.
Somewhere along the way, we outsourced the sacred, God-given responsibility of freedom and self-government our founding fathers handed on to us. We convinced ourselves we couldn’t handle our own business. We auctioned off the job of representing us to the highest bidders and then were shocked – shocked, I say – when the greedy devils made us their slaves.
Now we’re at a crossroads. The US government, for the first time in 17 years, is in shutdown mode. Under the leadership of His Lord and Majesty, the Petulant Prince Barack, the government is showing her fear in one telling overreach after another. They’re trying to convince America of their power, of their relevance, and of our need for them.
Our need for them to do what? Leave the gate unlocked at monuments we paid for? Allow us to take to the waters we own? Manage our own healthcare?
You know the reason the government is trying all these scare tactics? They’re hoping we don’t remember that we’re in charge. I know there are lot of good people being hurting right now. I have friends in the military who are concerned about the welfare of their families. I get that. Here’s the thing: the government has to be stopped, and starvation may be the only way. Wouldn’t it be great if the country pulled together, if in the absence of government overreach, privatization soared, veterans were hired as privateers, and business grew? Maybe we still have a chance to reclaim our country, if we can just recognize how unnecessary all this government is.
Remember, citizens: You’re the adults in this relationship. Your government is the spoiled brat that refuses to play fair. You will be free once you recognize once more that your freedoms are from God and not from your spoiled, petulant government.
Then remember: “Whoever spares the rod hates the child, but whoever loves will apply discipline.” -Proverbs 13:24
If we want to reclaim our freedoms, we must learn to say no and endure a few temper tantrums.