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Milton J. Madison - An American Refugee Now Living in China, Where Liberty is Ascending

Federalism, Free Markets and the Liberty To Let One's Mind Wander. I Am Very Worried About the Fate of Liberty in the USA, Where Government is Taking people's Lives ____________________________________________________________________________________________ "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue." -Barry Goldwater-

Thursday, February 16, 2012

“Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”

- Thomas Paine -
The US leviathan continues to eat into the liberty of the people as the Obamessiah, cravenly orders Catholic charities such as schools and hospitals (but not the churches themselves) to offer healthcare services that they did not offer previously. These services that the all-knowing central authority demanded include contraception and this goes against church beliefs.

This is very telling and it is a warning to us as to how the leviathan will interject its desires and intrude into the every day lives of Americans. First, was there a problem with the health services being offered that the central government decided that it was so important to intervene? I say no, since if people want contraception, they are quite capable of buying it themselves. This is what they were doing prior to this government order. But the central government, since totalitarians think this way, decided that this was important enough that a decree to force the Catholic church to do things that are against their religion are forced upon them. Government is exercising a right that they never had and are forcing a one-size-fits-all world upon the people.

Second, assume for a moment that these orders were truly in the best interests of the people (which in this case is not) and that it was a win-win problem that has been easily solved. The problem arises that once we allow them to intervene, government will continue to intervene in its hamfisted manner and cause all kinds of changes, most of which I argue cause more damage than good. If we allow the camel's nose in the tent then we can expect that the whole animal will be inside shortly. This will not be the last orders thrust upon us in the name of making things better for us.

Thirdly, who says that government knows better? What body of evidence, actual or theoretical that assures us that all of these interventions are creating a better life for all of us? Or are we just creating a bunch of government generated winners and losers?

Finally, but I am sure that there are more reasons to be worried about this, is that every time that we allow the central leviathan to create these new rules in so many areas of our lives, that we give up our liberty and freedoms, little by little. One day, and for me this is now, we enter a totalitarian state where even logical and liberty loving people lose sight of what it means to enjoy these God given rights.

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