Are We too Far Gone?
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" A Government that can give you all you need can also take away everything that you have".

Thomas Jefferson said this centuries ago; ironically it is just a pertinent in this day and age. As much as all of us want reform from the welfare state we may have already crossed the line of no return. Currently the amount of those receiving government assistance is higher than the full time work force. A majority of our nation concurs that some type of reform is needed but it seems that any suggestion to make some one work for benefits, submit to drug testing, or have a set amount of time you can receive assistance is met with fierce opposition.

Any proposal is labeled as picking on minorities or the "poor". Couple this with politicians using the promise of continued aid to secure re-election; it is a perpetual circle that seems to have no end.

What would happen if the government that provides drastically reduced or eliminated aid abruptly? When you have over 50% of the country receiving aid; anarchy at best. Melodramatic? Maybe, but as all of the world uprisings continues to grow we are apathetic and think that could never happen in America.

Keep in mind, groups like Clive Bundy are flourishing all through the United States and more and more resistance to an ineffective government is not too far fetched. Myself personally do not want anything from the government except what I have earned. I would however greatly appreciate not be taxed in order to provide for those that choose not to strive to improve their own situation. Take a little time to ponder all of the executive orders nobama has signed during his tenure; these are actions that the American People had no say in but are expected to abide by 100%.

At the end of the day the government continues to abdicate policies that are geared toward special interest groups and issues that are not of ALL of the American people. Thomas Jefferson was right in his time and his foresight is just as pertinent today.


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timeontarget commented on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 12:42 PM

“That government is best which governs least.” (Or not all?)

THOREAU’S VERSION OF THE AXIOM ABOUT GOVERNMENT:
“I heartily accept the motto, — ‘That government is best which governs least.’”
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)
American author, philosopher, naturalist and social critic
In his essay “Civil Disobedience” (1849)
The quotation “That government is best which governs least” is often attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but without any specific source. No source is given because, as noted by Jefferson scholars and books like Not So!: Popular Myths About America From Columbus to Clinton, there is no record that Jefferson ever said it. Nor did Thomas Paine, another “Founding Father” who is sometimes wrongly credited with the quote.
Henry David Thoreau did use the line in “Civil Disobedience” (originally titled “Resistance to Civil Government”) and its appearance in that famous essay probably popularized the saying in its best known form. However, Thoreau seemed to be making it clear that he was citing an existing motto.
He may have been paraphrasing the slogan coined by American journalist and editor John Louis O’Sullivan. In 1837, O’Sullivan wrote “The best government is that which governs least” in the opening editorial for his periodical The United States Magazine and Democratic Review. He then used those words as the motto of the Review until it ceased publication in 1859.
Thoreau’s friend Ralph Waldo Emerson also penned an earlier version. In 1844, Emerson wrote in an essay titled “Politics”: “The less government we have, the better.”
Modern political conservatives are quite fond of the quote “That government is best which governs least.” But even most conservatives might not agree with what Thoreau went on to say about it in “Civil Disobedience.” He envisioned taking the axiom to its anarchic extreme, writing: “Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, — ‘That government is best which governs not at all.’”

timeontarget commented on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 12:48 PM

“Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe, — ‘That government is best which governs not at all.’”

I do not agree that we need no government at all.

I wholeheartedly believe that on all levels our governmental agencies have overreached there usefulness.

The liberals among us have brought about the ever increasing overreach.


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