I enjoy getting comments on my writing. Two people called for clarification on my letter last week; they followed the theme, “Is any public safety important?” My comments could have been taken to mean no attention to public safety is necessary. That isn’t what I meant. So let’s take this apart a little more.
What did the Pilgrims move to America for? Was it for: better streets, better neighborhoods, safer environment, better working condition laws, improved sewer system, better police protection, etc? No, they moved to no streets, an unsafe neighborhood, maybe environmentally safer if you don’t count wild Indians and wild animals, worse working conditions, no sewer system, no police protection. So what did the Pilgrims value above public safety? The answer is Liberty.
They moved to a distinctly risky environment, with no public (governmental) amenities or services. They moved from an area of increased public safety and tyranny, but minimal Liberty, to an area of substantially greater risk for something we call Liberty. The Pilgrims cherished Liberty above all of the previously stated government ‘services.’
Our Founders did not fight a war for independence for the purpose of gaining increased public safety; they fought a bloody war for increased Liberty. What we find as we delegate more and more importance to a host of bureaus to increase public safety and security is that each one removes one more piece of Liberty. So where does it end?
This week in the news we find a school in Florida is contemplating putting in cameras to see if students throw away their veggies in the school lunch program. At what point will the powers that be decide to penalize adults if they eat too much of the wrong food, like say pizza, and not enough broccoli? With the advent of Obamacare the government now has a vested interest in seeing what you eat, how much you eat and whether or not we are in full compliance with the recommended daily hygiene list.
Thomas Jefferson said it best, “that government governs best that governs least.” So what government services are absolutely essential? Do I want to do without peace officers? Well no, not really. What about OSHA? All I can say is Liberty has an element of risk. Do I need government inspections to see if my business is clean enough for its intended purpose? No, the public will determine that. The People will vote with their dollars by taking them elsewhere, if my business doesn’t suit them. If your eating establishment is filthy, don’t count on me eating there.
A few weeks ago my son was badly injured in a horse accident. He was transported to the hospital for emergency treatment and examination. His pain was so great that morphine was administered for the pain. However inadvertently the amount of morphine he was given was well in excess of what should have been given. He became violently sick and was sick for several days from the overdose. Now I don’t say that we should “outlaw” morphine, I would recommend that the overdose be corrected to an amount that is beneficial without harming the patient. Another example is Warfarin or “rat poison,” administered in judicious amounts it can be beneficial.
The same is true for what I have called “Governmenticin.” A judicious level can be good, too much and you have an overdose. I say that we currently have an overdose in our country of Governmenticin. That overdose is producing a very sick economy and a culture of people who have become dependent or addicted to Governmenticin and are very ill economically and/or socially because of it.
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