By Alden L. Benton
I love quotations, especially those from truly notable people such as the Founders of America.
Some quotes are no more than vapid utterances which serve no use save to break the silence or pollute the adjacent air. In my experience, most of these come from the mouths of vacuous dolts like Nancy “We have to pass it to find out what’s in it” Pelosi to the ubiquitous inanities of Joe “We have to spend our way out of debt” Biden.
Then there are the truisms that take complicated issues and simplify them. Former president Ronald Reagan was a master of taking a serious problem, breaking down into its basic components, and then making a joke to drive home his point.
Two of my favorite Ronald Reagan quotes are relevant to the remainder of this discussion.
“Government exists to protect us from each other. Where government has gone beyond its limits is in deciding to protect us from ourselves.” ~ Ronald Reagan
“The government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.” ~ Ronald Reagan
A few days ago, the financial behemoth JP Morgan Chase lost $2 billion because of bad trading decisions. Of course, in typical knee-jerk fashion, top Democrats all jumped up in unison to shout their answer to all problems: we need more regulations.
This episode exposes the fundamental raison d’être of the political Left — to regulate and control every aspect of human behavior in order to achieve their vision of a flawless, perfect society.
As hard as the warped little minds of the Left may try, normal people do not fit inside the restrictive little boxes and labels they try to pigeonhole and control us with. That is reality. That is the spirit God imbued within us.
In a clear, concise response to the Democrats’ call for more financial regulations, Speaker of the House John Boehner said simply, “There is no law against stupidity.”
Speaker Boehner is correct. Give me a society where each individual is free to choose his or her own path, make mistakes, and be accountable for one’s actions anytime over the total top-down control of every aspect of our personal lives the Left seeks.
Give me the America President Reagan envisioned when he said,
“A troubled and afflicted mankind looks to us, pleading for us to keep our rendezvous with destiny; that we will uphold the principles of self-reliance, self-discipline, morality, and, above all, responsible liberty for every individual that we will become that shining city on a hill.”
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