When it comes to matters of government policy and public affairs, one lie is unacceptable, two lies is a slap in the face and three lies is just plain Machiavellian! For devious behavior, the liar should be publicly taken to task. In other words, if it is illegal to lie to our government, it should be illegal for them to lie to us.
Repeated deception leaves us dazed and confused. However, as the saying goes regarding deception, “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”
There are three basic deceptions that are a favorite among big centralist government proponents which leave us dazed and confused beyond the norm. While pointing out the problems with these ideas is important, more important is the solution which I intend to propose as well.
Daze # 1 – Government is the answer to the ills of society.
If government were just given free reign over all of our affairs it would solve all of our problems. From corporate greed to pollution to obesity and so on, when a society looks to government to be big brother, banker, doctor, judge and jury, what that society ends up with is socialized government.
A case in point with regards to centralist government archetypes and the egotism of its subscribers came on the floor of the Senate on January 20, 1995. Esteemed economist Milton Friedman testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of a constitutional amendment for a balanced budget. Kennedy argued that a requirement for a balanced budget would restrict the federal government’s power. Friedman said, ‘…in more fairly and equitably distributing wealth, goods and services… Senator, socialism hasn’t worked in 6,000 years of recorded history…’ ‘Why won’t you give up on it?’ Kennedy rose to his feet and replied: ‘Socialism hasn’t worked in 6,000 years of recorded history because it didn’t have me to run it.’ Again, ignorance can be corrected, arrogance must be replaced.
Today, some of our political leaders advocate the idea that socialism can be successful under the right conditions. Human consciousness (in some) has supposedly “progressed” enough to “run the world”. And, sadly, too many in the church have believed this erroneous philosophy.
Human nature and history demonstrate that:
- If government can force more money out of its populaces without having to cut inefficient expenses, it will.
- If people can get their hands on the wealth of others, they will come to regard the charity as an entitlement.
F.A. Hayek, the renowned Austrian adept in the field of economics was also a political philosopher. He warned of the perils of excessive government; “The most important change which extensive government control produces is a psychological change, an alteration in the character of the people.”
Daze #2 –Money is the answer to all the ills of society.
If money were just more readily available and more equally distributed the world would be a better (fairer) place. It sounds like sharing and I don’t know about you but as a child, I was taught to share. Today those who subscribe to this idea insist that past attempts failed because previous administrations weren’t as smart as they are today and we can learn from the mistakes they made and do redistribution right.
If money were the answer to the plight of the poor, the amount spent on social programs for the needy by the current administration in the last 5 years alone should have paid for every citizen’s basic needs and created a surplus for future generations as well. Sadly, it did not. Here are budget outlays for 2011 in billions:
Social Security = 724.9 / Medicare = 559.6 / Medicaid = 275.0 / Income Security = 404.6 / Other Retirement = 144.1 and Other Programs = 106.9. The Federal budget didn’t reach 1 trillion dollars a year until 1987, 15 short years ago!
Let the full weight of these figures register in your mind. A budget of over a trillion dollars a year (more like three trillion with future obligations included) to cover all this “government assistance” isn’t enough? Where did the money go Mr. President?
Daze #3 –The people are powerless to help themselves.
Ronald Reagan alluded to this deception when he said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” In other words, when we ask the federal government for help with our private affairs, the trade off is seldom worth it. Freedom is handed over in exchange for housing, medical assistance, food etc.
Once dependency begins, various mental adjustments are made which basically serve to justify continued dependency instead of making the extra effort to regain independence and complete reliance follows. In due course, the goal is just to make ends meet let alone go after the “American dream”.
Albert Einstein stated, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” This is the most accurate description of a centralist government paradigm to date. As it relates to national politics and the folly of socialism, ignorance can be forgiven, arrogance must be replaced.
While bold and courageous leadership is certainly needed to help turn the tide of debilitating dependence upon a bloated and crippling system of government, putting our hope in people is precarious business. More than smart people we need a Neo; a Savior, a Knight in shinning armor.
We need to return to the One who began it all and has all the answers to our most troubling predicaments. Well, we’re in luck because it just so happens that the One who started it all is ready and able to help. At the end of the day when we’ve finished pitching a fit and declaring God to be dead, He still lives! It is past time we said we were sorry for turning away from Him and asked Him to help us.