Government responsibility

Read the Constitution. It’s the blueprint for government. A very limited government. What happened to that limitation? The government told the people that such and such needed to be done to fix this or that problem. The people thought that sounded logical and granted the government more power.
But, alas, what happens when the government tries to fix something? Some problem, by the way, that they probably created in the first place. Well, three or four more things go astray as a result of the fix.
Take Prohibition, for example. The Volstead Act. Amendment Eighteen of our Constitution. People saw a problem with others over indulging in alcoholic beverages. The Temperance crowd put pressure on the government to do something about these irresponsible folks and hooligans who would spend what money they had to get drunk, stay out all night and ignore or abuse their wives, families and debts.
Because of the carelessness of a few, the entirety could no longer indulge. Look what sprang up in the wake of this legislation. Bathtub gin, homemade hooch. People were dying for a drink, literally. The ingredients were not always pure or safe.
“Organizations” were born to illegally produce and distribute what the people could no longer legally get. The rule of their law was enforced with a Tommy gun (which would be outlawed (fixed) in 1934, after Prohibition’s end). Police and politicians were paid well to turn a blind eye to certain activities.
So what was worse? People being irresponsible with booze or the fix that created a mob empire; bringing death and destruction with it? It was the same when drugs were outlawed. Marijuana and cocaine used to be legal. Some people abused them, of course, but when things that people want are legislated away, the product goes underground.
This is not to advocate for the legalization of everything, it is just an example of how the government, thinking of the “General Welfare” of the citizens, can create more trouble and, directly or indirectly, even be responsible for more death and destruction than any previously legal “problem”.
What would be the alternatives? How do you legislate responsibility? Had the government set up an information campaign, would that have helped? How many lives would’ve been spared or lost had the government done nothing? Is it really in the government’s jurisdiction to make sure we’re responsible? If so, doesn’t that make us subjects and not citizens? Little children who need to be watched and cared for cradle to grave?
And isn’t that where we’ve been heading for a long time now? Do these laws that the government imposes on us really help us, or are they just laws to help bring money to the government through fines? If you’re caught not wearing a seatbelt you’re ticketed. “Click it or ticket”. Does the government care enough about you that they want you to wear a seatbelt while you’re driving; or a helmet while you’re biking? Or do they just want to collect money from you when they catch you disobeying such laws? Or are they trying to tell you that you’re not responsible enough to take care of yourself?
These seatbelt and helmet laws, without doing any research on the matter, probably came about because some folks that didn’t have any personal insurance got into accidents and “had” to be cared for by society at large. If that is the case, those that had no insurance need to be billed and need to pay their way. There are many who needed medical care and didn’t have insurance, yet paid their bills. It may have taken years to do, but they were responsible citizens and paid their debts. Unfortunately, there are many who got the same medical care and, without even a “Thank You”, were never heard from again.
There is no Constitutional reason why we need to pay for anyone’s medical care. There is no Constitutional provision that tells the government they, meaning we the people, need to do this. “General Welfare” is just that; general. Paying for an individual’s medical expenses, through our taxes, is much more specific than general. It is not the government’s responsibility to take care of you. It is your responsibility.
Article I, Section eight, states that the government is responsible for post offices and post roads. Are you happy with the postal service? Do you leave the post office with a smile on your face? Are you greeted at the post office with a smiling government employee? If so, count yourself blessed, you must live in a small town; the kind of town the whole of America used to be like. The same goes for the DMV.
If not (and even if so), then think about government “intervention” into something like health care. Are you a Vet? Do you know a Vet? Have you heard any stories about the V.A.? Our Vets, God bless ‘em, deserve the best for what they’ve done for us. Are they getting the best at the government run V.A.? Would they not probably get better care through the private sector medical industry? If they received this, would the government sanction and ration their care? And, if so, why? To control the bottom line. Dollars. It’s all about money.
The movie “Network” talks of money. Ned Beatty has an Oscar worthy scene talking about what everything is about. It’s about money. The subject is different than caring for our Vets or the responsibilities of government, but it is very telling about how big business works. And isn’t the government nothing but the biggest business there is?
And isn’t the government too big and bloated? Bureaucracy adds too much money to everything. Too many panels, committees, think tanks at the people’s expense. There’s a story about the camel committee. They gathered in a meeting to create a beautiful Arabian stallion and when all the engineers and bigwigs had all put their two cents in, what came out was a plain old, spitting camel.
Remember the Constitution; read it, study it. Call, email, write, talk to your Representatives. Remind them, respectfully, of their duties to YOU, the American citizen.
One thing you may want to mention: stick to the limited powers granted to you and let the free market correct itself.

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