Sunday, June 9, 2013

”Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.

The quote in the headline is from George Washington. In light of all that we’ve learned recently, I can’t think of a better quote.

Terrorism is winning. Not because they are on our street corners blowing people up as they walk by, although that has happened. Rather, it’s because of our reaction to being attacked. Just look at the recent years and the recent weeks.

We were attacked on September 11, 2001. From that the Patriot Act was born. It was too vague in places and the government has abused the writings of the Patriot Act.

Illegal immigration. People that come here and expect to stay because they made it. Their first act in coming to this country is to break the law yet there are those that want to allow them to stay. Meanwhile, terrorists can use that weakness in the borders to cross into the country unseen.

Then there was “Fast and Furious”. Our government arms the drug cartels and doesn’t know where the guns are at all times? In the meantime, our government, while arming drug cartels south of the border are doing everything they can to disarm our own citizens.

Now there is Benghazi, the IRS, the AP scandal, spying on American citizens using their own phone records, cell phones and even E-mails. We’re learning still newer terms that were older terms with different meanings, such as “prism” and “boundless informant”.  

In Benghazi we left behind four Americans and didn’t even try to rescue them from attack. We left them there to die! The IRS, the most intrusive of government agencies, men and women trained to look at our receipts to see that they are viable for deduction from our personal and businesses, take a trip and don’t save the receipts and they target groups that are based on politics rather than whether an entity is actually set up properly to qualify under one of the myriad of tax codes. The government watching and listening to reporters and even classifying one reporter as a conspirator for asking questions.

We now have Republicans and Democrats alike praising the snooping of our E-mails, telephone calls and text messages all in the name of protecting us from terrorism.

We are being terrorized by al queda and now because of those attacks we are being terrorized by our own government. They blame it on former President Bush. “Bush started it” or “Bush did it too”. So if you think it’s wrong that Bush did it in the first place, which may or may not be the case, is that how you justify continuing to do something you think is wrong?
I could have used the well known Ben Franklin quote “those that would sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither” but chose a more potent quote from George Washington.

The quote seems to be true. Government is not reason. They just try to justify their actions with reasoning that is not sound. Government does use force either in making laws or interpreting the laws they write. Force does not have to be the use of the military. It can be forced on law abiding citizens by creating more stringent laws restricting the citizen but doing nothing to accomplish their stated reasons for the laws.

Fire is a tool or servant. It’s used for cooking, for warmth. But when it gets out of control the house burns down and sometimes lives are lost. When it’s the cause of destruction and death, it becomes the fearful master.

“The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon” Again, George Washington. Unfortunately, our current leaders don’t come close to the ideals of our founding fathers. Our current leaders are enablers of the spread of terrorism.

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