It has come to me while I have been thinking about various blogs that and things that were coming up and I came to the conclusion before I did my next blog I needed to do this one.
I have been pondering about Government, about the role of Government, and what role that they play. But mainly about the disconnect.
There is a big disconnect between Liberals and Conservatives, Socialists and Libertarians, yadda yadda versus oh my gosh.
The disconnect seems to be over precisely what the definition of Tyranny is.
Liberals and Progressives, those more on the left, are of the political opinion that the Government can do things for you. Can be there for you, can provide things for you and stuff and provide you with a living and to be there in case you should fail, or to actually benefit you.
Libertarians generally think that Government cannot do this for you, or at least should not.
It all comes down to a definition of tyranny and just what we think is a big intrusive Government.
Most people think of Tyranny in terms of red hatted, black booted pistol wielding tyrants.
They think of tyranny in terms of people being thrown into gas chambers, held without trial, or have dogs and fire hoses being turned on them. They think of tyranny in mass graves and firing squads directed because you are a political prisoner, or a different religion, sex, creed, or orientation.
But what it comes down to the Libertarian, and many Conservatives is what political philosophers have said from our founders all the way up to the modern-day.
From Ronald Regan:
“When Government Expands, Liberty Contracts.”
“The Nine Most Dangerous words in the English Language are I am from the Government and I am here to help.”
To Thomas Jefferson:
”I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them. “
A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned – this is the sum of good government. “
“A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.”
To Ben Franklin:
“Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”
To John Adams:
“A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.”
And I am sure I can find many thousands of others.
That is the essence of tyranny. That is the essence of a radical Government. That is the essence of slavery.
It has occurred to me over and over again something about Government.
Imagine if Jesus, or Gandhi, or Martin Luther King, or God, or John Sheridan ;), was in charge of our Government.
Someone who knows exactly how much everyone needs, that can fairly ‘give’ one persons things to another so it is all fair and balances.
Someone who is Godlike, who is so angelic that they can do anything correctly.
But they are human. They will decay, and in our Government systems force people out eventually.
The quote by Jefferson is the key. The key to all of this.
You see what will happen if someone else gets all that power? A Hitler a Mao or a Stalin? A Government that is big enough to do anything for you, can do anything to you.
I mean the difference is between someone like Jesus, and someone like Hitler. If Jesus did it, it would not be tyranny, Hitler, can use it for any purpose that he wants to put it to.
People see the obvious signs and pictures of Tyranny. The dogs and the gas chambers.
But they do not see the hidden things. The encroachments of our rights on page 432 of a bill. After all we are getting free education! Free health care!
We are being provided for.
In that situation you cannot provide for yourself. You have traded your freedom for your own personal security.