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Father Fed Knows Best
National Review Online, by Jonah Goldberg

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Posted By:SpeedMaster, 11/8/2013 5:09:47 AM

The government thinks you’re stupid, or at least ignorant. This isn’t just an indictment of the current government or an indictment of government itself. It’s simply a statement of fact. At its core, the government exists to do certain things that people aren’t equipped to do on their own. The list of those things has gotten longer and longer over the years. In 1776, the federal government’s portfolio could have easily fit in a file folder: maintain an army and navy, a few federal courts, the post office, the patent office, and maybe a dozen or two other pretty obvious things.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: PChristopher, 11/8/2013 5:28:06 AM     (No. 9603988)

Well, I´m positive that the Government is stupid, having worked with its representatives for more than a few years.

I don´t understand how anyone can think that that government is all-knowing and all-intelligent when it is composed of nothing more than the very idiots that they accuse US of being!? You want an example? Go google the Obamaphone lady video...I´m guessing she´s a gubmint ´ployeeeeee.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: steveW, 11/8/2013 5:38:27 AM     (No. 9603994)

Ironically, Obama is right - the majority of Americans (since 2008) do not, in fact, know what is best for them. How do we know this? Because they elected and reelected Barack Obama, in diametric opposition to any form of rational self-interest whatsoever.

Sometimes ironies are merely depressing, not funny.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Country Boy, 11/8/2013 6:24:45 AM     (No. 9604017)

"From a conservative perspective, telling people how to run their lives when not absolutely necessary is an abuse of power. For liberals, telling people how to run their lives is one of the really fun perks of working for the government."

Yes, I agree. But that particular fun perk is the root of all evil, the common denominator or all dictators and despots, and murders of millions.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 11/8/2013 9:09:11 AM     (No. 9604232)

Um, Jonah, the purpose of creating fed jobs has little to do with taking care of us and everything to do buying voters -- those who do benefit from what that job does and those who hold that sort of job.

The "taking care of us" arguments are merely analogous to Obama´s effectual lies about Obamacare -- to get those jobs established in the first place. This is precisely the sort of thing the Founders wanted to avoid, and we´ve walked right into the trap.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Pinchem, 11/8/2013 9:36:42 AM     (No. 9604266)

American´s are not stupid? Uhhh who elected Obama twice? Take a look at the elections in VA and NYC. Look what is happening in California.

Has anyone read where the states run by Republican Governors are doing just fine? See the sad plight of those run by Democrats?

I have seen 5 or 6 of those "man on the street" interviews, and yes, many Americans are stupid.

I´ll believe otherwise when American Patriots get off their dead behinds, vote and we get good Americans in the Presidency, Senate and House.

Until then, please don´t tell me the majority Americans are intelligent.

A famous quote: "we have seen the enemy and he is us".


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Reply 6 - Posted by: Ben Around, 11/8/2013 10:12:39 AM     (No. 9604315)

Nothing new - it is something that was predicted long ago.


“It (the administrative state) covers the surface of society with a net- work of small complicated rules, minute and uniform, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate, to rise above the crowd. The will of man is not shattered, but softened, bent, and guided; men are seldom forced by it to act, but they are constantly restrained from acting. Such a power does not destroy, but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.” Democracy in America II (p319), 1840, French thinker and philosopher Alexis de Tocqueville




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