How Government Grows

In the feedback of one of my other articles a discussion began about how government grows.  If you look back at nearly every thing government does it was done for one of three reasons.  Either a politicians wanted to grow his or her power and did so by giving things to people to win their votes, the majority used government to force their morals onto the minority or a combination of those two.

The founding fathers knew of these dangers and were very strong in their words about the dangers of a pure democracy.

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious. -Thomas Jefferson

"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself." - John Adams

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!" - Benjamin Franklin

"It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government." - Thomas Paine

Government should be limited to protecting you from others and that's it.  If you wish to place yourself in danger it's not the government's job to protect you from yourself.  Nor is it the governments job to force you to follow the morality of others if your actions cause them no harm.

Drug laws are pefect examples.  If you read up on the history of why marijuana became illegal it had more to do with racism then anything else.  You'll find a good write-up on the history of such laws HERE.

Here's a quote directly from Anslinger's Gore files:

“There are 100,000 total marijuana smokers in the US, and most are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos, and entertainers. Their Satanic music, jazz, and swing, result from marijuana use. This marijuana causes white women to seek sexual relations with Negroes, entertainers, and any others.”

“…the primary reason to outlaw marijuana is its effect on the degenerate races.”

“Reefer makes darkies think they’re as good as white men.”

That was the justification used to outlaw drugs in this country.  We've used this to build entire government divisions dedicated to fighting and stopping out drugs and with what results?  Drugs are even found in prisons where people are watched 24/7 and yet we continue pumping millions into punishing people for crimes that harm no one.  Over time the original reasoning was forgotten and new justification is presented by politicians who seek to keep the government growing.

Then there are the secondary problems that arise as well, example being the cost of health care.

Health care costs in America continue to rise but have you really stopped to think why?  Most sources claim that the premiums have more then doubled in the past 10 to 15 years alone so stop for a second and ask yourself why?  What happened within the last decade to cause this?  It doesn't take too much research to find out why, HIPAA regulations were passed in 1996 and began slowly taking effect over the following few years.  With the new regulations came new costs and those costs were passed along to consumers.

Now politicians to win votes offer to solve the problems they themselves created, but rather the fix the root cause they simply seek to provide the solution that gives them and the government more power over us.  They seek to cover our health care which of course will win the votes of those who fail to understand why we have the problems in the first place and who simply don't care that they live off the backs of others.  Either way it continues the cycle and gives more power to the few who government and less to the people who are governed, the complete opposite of what our founders envisioned.

This is the cycle that brings government after government from freedom to tyranny and will be the future of America unless something is done to stop it.

This can best be summed up with the balance of force.

Government is needed to prevent my neighbor from using force against me.  Without government to help protect my rights, the person with the biggest gun would rule by force.  Might makes right.

But when government is allowed to grow unchecked, government becomes that force.  We've gotten to that point now where politicians are able to use the force of government against individuals to prevent them from doing what they want without causing others harm.