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You think your child is in good hands in government school?

You think your life and health is secure in the hands of government medical care?

You think we’re all better off counting on the safety net of the state?

Think again.

Earlier this week in a Salt Lake City elementary school controlled and funded by local, state and federal governments, 40 little kids picked up their lunches in the cafeteria, only to have school officials snatch them back and throw them away.

Why? Because their parents were late on making payments to their school lunch accounts.

“It was pretty traumatic and humiliating,” said Erica Lukes, whose 11-year-old daughter had her cafeteria lunch taken from her as she stood in line at Uintah Elementary School.

Lukes said as far as she knew, she was all paid up.

“I think it’s despicable,” she said. “These are young children that shouldn’t be punished or humiliated for something the parents obviously need to clear up.”

It’s unfortunate – even tragic – that more and more Americans depend so heavily on government support. Many of them truly believe the government will always be there for them – that somehow they are safer and more secure depending on government than their own resources and sense of self-sufficiency.

This case is just one example of how wrong that perception is.

America is nearing the point of no return if we haven’t reached it already.

Now the health-care system – which is a matter of life and death for all Americans – is being taken over by the state.

What if you miss a premium payment?

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Under the old system, Americans were never turned away from health care. What happens when the state has a monopoly over health care? Remember, Barack Obama is on record as saying it’s time to just give old, sick people pain killers and send them to the hospice. He explained that even before his re-election in 2012.

Were Americans listening?

Did they believe the phony promises, already broken, that they could keep their plans and keep their doctors?

Why is it that Americans are so willing to believe the lies of state control?

America was a unique experiment in the history of the world because its founders recognized government governs best that governs least.

Today the notion of constitutionally limited government has been cast to the four winds.

But just look at the microcosmic illustration in Salt Lake City this week.

This wasn’t a matter of life and death.

It was just a question of kids going hungry for a day.

There was no reason for it. Officials threw the food away. They couldn’t serve it to anyone else. They simply deprived kids of their lunch to make a point. They even admit it.

Government there decided to send a message to what it considered to be deadbeat parents by literally taking food out of the mouths of their children.

Amazing?

Not really. Any student of history knows this is the norm, not the exception.

Cast your lot with government control and you will see this kind of ugliness rear its head again and again.

This isn’t the exception. It’s the rule.

The exception is when government demonstrates compassion and benevolence.

I hope some parents in Salt Lake City got a wake-up call from this. I hope they do the right thing and consider pulling their children out of the hands of state control and indoctrination.

More importantly, I hope Americans from coast to coast begin to see why our founders put severe constitutional restrictions on state power. They knew government was by nature a fearsome and heartless taskmaster.

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