Some folks believe that I am cynical towards government. In that presumption they are mistaken.
I am a strong advocate of government doing what only governments can do in the most efficient and effective manner possible. In fact I believe in liberal support for a government doing its duty. A society should support and adequately fund and protect a government doing its duty to all the citizens uniformly.
However, what those folks, I referred to above, frequently focus on is that I equally chastise a government-run by people who would divide such a society into classes. Then to make matter worse they seek to advocate violence between those classes through inequitable distribution of its protection. Stated more succinctly elected officials classify certain people as the “haves” and the “have-nots”, then pit them against each other.
The Romans did this with the gladiators in the coliseums. At least they had the honesty to make sport of their indignity before the masses. What I observe is incessant lies and finger-pointing by our legislative largess in an effort to avoid their own sanctimonious salaciousness.
I have spent the tenure of my career in working with governments. I have witnessed first hand their drive to establish personal significance by abandoning nearly any form of rationale analysis of their behavior. I offer some examples.
In one city it was fashionable to pander to the interest of a few in order to appear open-minded. Those advocates of mediocrity and separatist inclinations pushed responsible legislative matters, that would have served the entire community forward, into the background. The city was strong with an effective police presence. It neither intimidated the general public, nor tolerated deviants from festering. Yet, today, a decade later drugs, gangs, murder, child abuse, theft, and the list goes on, have become common place. The elected elite refused to see the course they had set out on, and they fail to see now how THEIR divisiveness of the community into special interests has produced the onslaught of these insults to the community as a whole. They lacked vision, while pandering to their focus on viewpoints. And, now they are reaping the whirlwind. The police have not become worse, they have been forced aside from serving the whole, and the segments of corruption have entered into the city.
At the national level we see the same thing. Presidents, Representatives, Senators and most recently even Supreme Court Justices have made it their mantra to worship the few at the expense of serving the whole. Saith the Apostle Paul “And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.” Yet, onward trudges a crazy congress and a pejorative president endlessly defending their failed frolics into separatism. We have a president insisting that one class must be punished so that another class may be blessed. Congress is no better. They also promote the convoluted contrivance that somehow they and they alone can solve the maladies that exist in society.
Such an embarrassment of philandering should be scoffed at by any reasonable person. Neither the president nor the congress can repair what they clumsily broke by their awkward interference. Fully 60% of the business which the federal government has audaciously assumed to itself is, by the most conservative descriptive, simple pandering. If the government as a whole or any elected representative thereof suggest that some segment of society should be treated grandly while any other is not equally so treated should be dishonorably dismissed from their role. They fail to comprehend the nature of useful societies.