One of the little talked about reasons for having government in the first place is the 'modern' Man's propensity to believe that violence is unnecessary and that by having a strong government we the people can resolve our differences peacefully. On a small scale this is indeed a workable solution to our innate evil nature. If someone steals a loaf of bread, instead of cutting off his hand we can simply turn him over to the State and they will dispense of him for a period of time until he has learned the virtues of work and ethics and he will no longer pose a threat to society at which time he is returned a righteous citizen. Okay, maybe that was a bad example, but I'm sure I could think of one. This illogical and Utopian ideal is the key that unlocks the public treasury and forges the chains of despotism and tyranny we now affectionately call "government".
A great example of the futility of this form of diversion of responsibility would be the financial scandals of the past decade. From Enron and WorldCom to Bernie Madoff to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to Congress itself, we are inundated with unscrupulous, deceitful, selfish and despicable characters with little or no conscious who prey on the public for personal gain. In the process they leave in their wake multitudes of honest hard-working salt of the earth people who are simply trying to carve out a living and hopefully have a little left over to die in peace; who instead are left broke and bewildered and doomed to start over and work even harder in their waning years when time and physics makes it even harder to do so. This is violence of another sort and on a scale that our myopic vision fails to discern. And then come the sharks in the media who can't wait to file report after report which always ignores the true causes of each scandal, namely flawed character and government corruption, instead fanning the fire and ultimately calling for more of what typically causes the problems in the first place; government. The resulting crescendo inevitably is more government involvement which leads to more incompetent oversight and more corruption which again leads to the next financial scandal. This has been repeated in our history since the early 1800's.
How you may ask is the government responsible for Enron? Well, government is the one who gave corporations the power that they have. Early corporations were held accountable for behavior and individuals within were liable for debts and actions of the corporation. A corporations charter could be pulled by states. Corporations have fought for almost two hundred years to undermine this responsibility and who was a willing partner? Government. As long as the contributions flowed. When is the last time you heard of a corporations charter being pulled? (I mean before the collapse) Government has constantly held itself up as the only avenue by which large firms could be regulated and kept honest yet there is zero history to government being efficient at anything, much less controlling greed and dishonesty. Government controlling greed and dishonesty. Say it out loud and tell me you don't laugh. I've read alot about all of the above scandals. In each case at some point the government was either passively or blatantly involved either through corruption and cronyism or through incompetence and apathy. Then after causing the failure, it is they who step forth with the virtuous flare of Sir Lancelot to save us from the evil dragon. And we, unfortunately, consistently go along with it and believe them. But alas, Lucy will pull the ball away again Charley Brown. Why? Because she knows she can and he will always come back and try again.
How can a vision for freedom and liberty fall into such a dismal and disappointing morass of collective battered constituent syndrome? Perhaps it is the Christian nature of our country that turns us into the pitiful friend, always willing to believe in the good of those who demean and take advantage of us. Perhaps it is time to raise the jawbone of the ass and smite the money changers in lieu of turning the other cheek.
There was a time, if someone robbed a large portion of the community and ruined their future, the people would assemble at night and fall upon the wretched thief and at least tar and feather him and run him out of town and at worst hang him from the nearest tree as an example to all others of what becomes of those who prey on the innocent. There was a time even more recently when taking advantage of someone might get you a good country whuppin' right in front of God and everyone with little intervention of the local law, who typically knew the crook for what he was. Sadly, we are beyond a time when that would suffice I'm afraid. As populations grow and the cities become larger and more diverse it is impossible to think of what would become of society if left to their own devices. However, one thing is perfectly clear. Government does not solve these problems either. It only disguises it, harnesses it's power, uses it for personal gain, influence and money, and then hides it temporarily until it is unleashed on the public again and again at ever more devastating scales.
Someday, we will return to violence to solve our problems. It will not be the Bernie Madoff's or the Kenneth Lay's that we hang from the tree either. It will be those who promised us they could fix it, only to propel us deeper into a more desperate fate. It will be the politicians who hang, along with their families. It will be their willing accomplices in the media who hang. That is the history of Man. Again and again it is repeated. People depend on government. Government fails. Government gets bigger while it promises to fix what it ruined in the first place. The failures get bigger and bigger. The people finally reach a tipping point, and violence returns as the only real solution.
My hope is that we can avoid that. My hope is that we can learn from history. More importantly, that we can learn for our Founding Fathers who knew very well this history. Our only hope is to consistently kick politicians out of office who refuse to dismantle government and return power to the people to whom it belongs under the United States Constitution. We must deride, protest, boycott and use whatever means necessary to rid ourselves of the media outlets who perpetuate the failed policies of so-called progressives who believe in government solutions to everything. We must educate our children into understanding that government is inherently evil and corrupt. We must continue this struggle in perpetuity as it is a never ending battle. If we fail to do so, then violence is the only means in which we will regain our liberty and freedom and protect ourselves from greedy, dishonest, evil people who will rob you either by gun or pen.
by: Keith D. Rodebush