Government: Source of Our Protection and Provision?


The Weekly Standard (a right-wing publication) ran a column this week entitled, “Don’t Stop Frisking”. Whether you agree with New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy or not, it’s worth the read, if only for this sentence buried near the end: “Evidently constitutionality in the context at hand may not, ever, take into account the first imperative of government, which is to ensure the safety of its citizens.”

Also this week, the Cato Institute released this year’s edition of “The Work Versus Welfare Trade-Off” white paper. According to their findings, it’s actually more beneficial for most families to be on welfare rather than be employed. Any hint of the safety net being lowered or trimmed is met with resistance from the Left.

Americans are conflicted about the role of their government. What exactly is it? Is it to protect us, as the neo-conservatives and some of the Right would have you believe? Is it to provision for us, as the Left seems to think?

If we allow the government to provide for us, we are little better than serfs. We are vulnerable then to the whims and caprices of our rulers, for what the government gives, the government can take away. For an example of this, we need look no further than the American military. Our service-members write a blank check to the US government, pledging to be there whenever they are called, and how is this rewarded? An abysmal VA system, constant threats regarding their paychecks, insurance, and allowances, and a crippling operations tempo — and yet our service-members at least have a job and a nominal roof over their heads. The government is, therefore, ultimately untrustworthy. We cannot depend on them for our provision, and nor should we want to do so.

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