This concerns a subject that I have referred to, directly and indirectly, some 63 percent of the time in this forum: government. 

One facet of this dynamic that interests me, and which I want to understand better, is our fundamental view of government. But to be specific, it’s the view of it that we seem to have steadily developed over at least the last 116 years that really fascinates me — one quite different from our first 111. 

And perhaps I can say this view has actually taken on a psychological nature. This is what I sense, what I read between the lines, most times I hear government discussed. To try and put what I’m saying in everyday terms, I really think the very concept of human government has come to subconsciously represent something from which many get their very identity, meaning and worth. This is why I’ve called government a cross between a parent and a deity. And I don’t believe this is as much an overstatement as might seem, simply because of the sheer degree of governmental footprint there is in our daily lives.

In fact, is there any way that Washington isn’t with us, from the moment we get up, to when we go to bed? And even while we sleep? Effectively acting as our 24-hour nutritionist (Let’s Move), doctor (ACA, Medicare), teacher (Department of Education), marriage counselor (DOMA), and retirement planner (Social Security), just to name a few examples. Is it really safe to have the state so present in our lives?

It seems we have forgotten the historical reality that, when a government is an extremely activist one, you live less freely. What is freedom, anyway? Something people seem to only learn about the hard way.

Robert Olejarz


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