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I once read a line in Arthur C. Clark’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” as follows: “The newspapers of Utopia … would be terribly dull.” The context of this remark is that in a perfect world, there would be no news. Let’s face it, the news industry thrives because there are always crises to report.

Similarly, governments thrive on chaos. If there isn’t enough occurring naturally, the government may well manufacture it, just to keep themselves in business. A couple weeks ago I saw a comment that read, “Without chaos, government has no future.” This was later amended to, “Without chaos, even if intentionally orchestrated, government has no future.” This is vastly true.

It’s kinda like computer techies. My husband and I have a private theory that, since computer techs must justify their positions within a corporation, they are forever creating “new and improved” computer programs that do nothing but obfuscate, confuse and complicate what had previously been a simple software function that non-tech people could use without a problem.

I don’t mean to pick on computer tech people (except when I get annoyed because Blogger “improved” its services by making things worse) since this tendency is endemic for nearly every innovative occupation. People must do something to justify their paycheck; and what they do is make “new and improved” [fill in the blanks] that are often more complicated, less functional and less user-friendly than before.

Government is the same. It must “improve” the lives of its citizens by creating solutions where there are no problems; or worse, creating problems where none exist in order to justify their solutions.

The difference between computer techs and government, however, is coercion. If I don’t like the new software a company creates, I don’t have to buy it. But only the government can put a gun to my head and force me to accept the “solutions” to their problems.

Thomas Jefferson said, “The policy of the American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits.” This, let me remind you, was the original vision of America: a land of limited government interference. LIMITED. Got that? LIMITED.

But politicians simply can’t be content to keep the government within the narrow parameters set up by the Founding Fathers. They always want to “improve” it. They can’t allow free markets to be free; they have to jump in and level the playing field or give backroom sweetheart deals to big businesses, or otherwise interfere. They can’t allow the states or the free market or ordinary citizens to handle health care, gun laws, schools and other critical issues; they must make them a federal matter of strict bureaucratic control.

“Each government program carries within it the seeds of future programs that will be ‘needed’ to clean up the mess the first program creates,” writes the late Harry Browne in his superb book “Why Government Doesn’t Work.” “No matter how much mischief it causes, government always shows up in a cavalry uniform – riding in to rescue us from the problems it created.”

Mr. Browne identifies four reasons government grows:

  • The failure of each government program leads to demands for new programs;

  • Everyone wants special privileges he sees others getting;
  • “Public servants” seize on every problem as an excuse to expand their powers; and
  • The “Dictator Syndrome,” which is the belief that all suffering or damage can be eliminated by government programs, which only work under dictatorial power. (Don’t believe me? See what happens when you have a “wetlands” on your property.)

One of Washington’s greatest desires is to save us from ourselves. We are no longer permitted to suffer the consequences of our own actions. Instead, the government must sponsor programs or introduce legislation to rescue us from any and all stupidity, coercing the whole to accept solutions for the problems of the few.

Government cannot thrive without coercion. But since coerced people resent being forced into compliance, government coercion breeds envy, hatred, anger and other vices, which further divides us and sets group against group. No problem. The government has a “solution” for that, too.

This cycle repeats itself, endlessly. And government programs (and the accompanying taxes) are never, ever eliminated. Ever. More programs cause more chaos, which causes more programs, which cause more chaos, and government grows and grows and grows.

See? Without chaos, government has no future. And let me be crystal clear: This applies to Democrats, Republicans and everyone in between. It is absolutely endemic in the political machine.

And it all began because people couldn’t accept Thomas Jefferson’s words: “The policy of the American government is to leave its citizens free, neither restraining them nor aiding them in their pursuits.”

This insane out-of-control system with which we’re now saddled began when people foolishly thought it was the business of the government to help those who couldn’t help themselves. “Once that door was open,” noted Harry Browne, “once it was settled that the government should help some people at the expense of others, there was no stopping it.”

And now the sky is falling on America. But Chicken Little, please note, wasn’t working to make the sky fall. The government IS, by enthusiastically taking advantage of every tragedy in order to save us from ourselves, with the ultimate goal of dismantling the Bill of Rights and thus achieving total control.

Somebody wrote a succinct and frightening plan of where our country is headed, to wit: Pass gun control. Nationalize the gun and ammo manufacturers. Enact martial law. Confiscate guns house to house. Exterminate the resistance.

Does this sound like the kind of America you want? Is this the kind of America our forefathers envisioned? Because, make no mistake, that’s where we’re headed.

Right now our government is still afraid of We the People (since we’re armed) and is creating as much chaos as it can to splinter us into factions (divide and conquer). If the government succeeds in disarming America, it will no longer have reason to fear us.

I’ll end with yet another quote from Thomas Jefferson, who had the astounding ability to look 250 years into the future: “When governments fear the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.”

Do you really want tyranny?

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