One reader wrote my analogy likening the Obama administration to the Capitol in the book was faulty, and I’d see my mistake after reading the third book. Well, I’ve finished reading all three books and my analogy was right on target.
Our centralized, all-powerful federal government has been created over a long period of time by both Democrats and Republicans, as well as armies of bureaucrats who have made up all kinds of rules and regulations which are stifling not only small businesses in America but are also trampling on our individual freedoms and rights.
The issue in this year’s election is whether we vote for constitutional restraint over Washington or for bigger more intrusive federal government.
The mantra in Washington for far too long has been, “There ought to be a law.” That sentence has become sacred script for all those fighting to keep their positions in our nation’s capital. Washington believes it can fix any problem, no matter how large or small, widespread or localized, by passing new laws or instituting new rules and regulations. NO, THEY CAN’T! (My apologies to John Stossel who’s written a new book with that title.)
When centralized governments grow bigger and stronger, they become more oppressive and less efficient. In fact, the bigger they grow the more problems they create to such an extent the problems far outweigh any benefits they might have provided.
Suzanne Collins, author of The Hunger Games, illustrates this well when she shows how oppressive the Capitol – the central, all-powerful government – really is. At the end of the series when the rebels takeover the Capitol, rebel leaders form their own centralized, all-powerful government to teach inhabitants of the Capitol a lesson. In the end, the rebel leaders were fighting not as much for freedom as for power and control. If that doesn’t sound like Washington, I don’t know what does!
Katniss, heroine of The Hunger Games, was fighting for freedom for everyone to live and let live. Her dismay at how things played out at the end is wrapped up in her thoughts: “I no longer feel any allegiance to these monsters called human beings, despise being one myself. I think that Peeta (one of the heroes and Katniss’ close friend) was onto something about us destroying one another and letting some decent species take over. Because something is significantly wrong with a creature that sacrifices its children’s lives to settle its differences.”
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Washington has become all about power and nothing about service, unlike what our founders intended when they wrote the Constitution and pledged their lives and sacred honor to protect it. The Constitution lays a foundation for a very limited federal government with more power going to the states and individuals. In fact, the Bill of Rights speaks explicitly about individuals’ rights.
Washington, particularly the Obama administration, has made us slaves to a huge debt. By the end of this year, Mr. Obama will have added $6 Trillion to our national debt – that’s nearly $20,000 of debt for every American! We can’t afford four more years of this kind of irresponsibility!
What did you get for the $20,000 Washington borrowed on your behalf?
We need to elect representatives who will stop this nonsense, stop spending us into unsustainable debt, and stop forcing unfathomable laws, rules, and regulations down our throats.
Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, MS. You may contact him at Daniel@DanLGardner.com, or visit his website at http://www.danlgardner.com Feel free to interact with him on the Clarion-Ledger feature blog site http://www.clarionledger.com/section/blogs06. Gardner’s columns are also featured on http://dannygardner.opinioneditorial.com