Government Growth Strangles Freedoms

February 17, 2014

Our forefathers inherited the freedoms of Englishmen – who after more than 450 years of off-and-on civil wars – finally established their freedom from oppression by their monarchs in 1688 (the Glorious Revolu­tion), establishing three funda­mental freedoms – representa­tive government (Parliament), rule of law, not of men, and pri­vate ownership of property (capitalism). These freedoms have resulted in unprecedented economic growth and citizen well-being throughout the Eng­lish- speaking world.

However, they have been gradually eroded during the past 80 years as the U.S. govern­ment expanded its intrusion into American lives and accel­erated during the last five years under President Obama. Al­most every day we learn of gov­ernment agencies and presiden­tial executive orders exercising greater control over American life.

“I think he (Martin Luther King) understood that health care, health security is not a privilege; it’s something that in
a country as wealthy as ours, ev­erybody should have access to,” said President Obama. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs,” said Karl Marx. Do you see any similarities?

Marx was the father of so­cialism and “godfather” of Rus­sian communism. Socialism leads to serfdom, enforced by totalitarianism – big govern­ment as F.A. Hayek explained in his 1944 book, “The Road to Serfdom.” I fear, as we allow our government to continue its phenomenal growth, we are for­feiting our inherited freedoms and are relying on the “Road to Serfdom.” It is time we citizens rein in our government and re­assert greater control over our individual lives.

Let our congressional dele­gation know that in spite of their good intentions, enlarging the thrust of federal government is not in the interest of protecting our inherited freedoms.