"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
We just need more social rights for secularists. I do feel however that as religious Hispanics populate the US our secular freedoms will slowly be destroyed. I've never encountered a secular Hispanic who truly believed in science.
1. An income tax: An income tax means that we no longer have the right to earn an income and that the government determines how much of the fruit of our labor we may keep.
2. Property taxes: Property taxes means that we no longer have the right to own private property. Donít pay your property tax and youíll find out very quickly who does own it.
3. Government surveillance: The FBI has admitted to using drones to spy on Americans. I wonder, by what right does this government have the right to spy on private citizens. They are collecting information on Americans and storing it in large warehouses such as the Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center in Utah.
4. Minimum wage: The government has given itself the right to dictate to private employers the minimum wage it has to pay individuals thus ensuring higher than needed unemployment.
5. Obamacare: Even Hitler knew that to control the populace you had to ration healthcare.
There are more examples. This is only scratching the surface and, no, I donít care to live anywhere else. This only demonstrates that we need to be ever vigilant to protect our freedom and liberties.
As Thomas Jefferson said, ďThe tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.Ē
"Liberalism is a doctrine fostered by a delusional and illogical people and rabidly promoted by the mainstream media and ruling elite which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end." - unknown
Relatively speaking, absolutely we're free.
But we're definitely parented. And often times we deserve to be.
Regardless of any Constitution or what any founding father might have said, the fundamental purpose of "government" is to maintain a stable society. You can try to control what the government does in the pursuit of that stability, but at the end of the day stability will win. Why? Because the common person would rather compromise a piece of paper and centuries old ideas than watch society collapse around them, losing all the protections it offers them and their loved ones.
So practicality and stability dictates that when members of the society do things that jeopardize--either by single action or precedent--the overall stability, government will step in with regulations. Government grows. The Nanny State grows.
Racism has lead to Nanny State. Bad business practices have lead to Nanny State. Damaging the environment has lead to Nanny State. Bad eating has lead to Nanny State. Irresponsible drug and alcohol use have lead to Nanny State. Even school bullying has lead to Nanny State.
Just like we place restrictions on children who prove irresponsible, government assumes the same role for the same reason: safety and stability.
If you live long enough, you will live in a foreign country, because the past is foreign to the present. We lived differently then. The only constant is change!
What I stated is the current state of reality. Regulations are reactionary. Bullying becomes a problem, so there's rules created to protect from it. Banks misbehave and regulations are created to limit them. Corporations act irresponsibly and you get all manner of regulations to control and monitor them.
It even applies to government. If government acts irresponsibly then you get congressional hearings and investigations.
You really can't deny this. It's evident everywhere, at all levels of government and society. Even in the workplace.
As to your insinuation that this is something I support, well- you're right and you're wrong. I absolutely despise the growth of the Nanny State. It's anti-freedom and very anti-liberal, despite your apparent ignorance over what liberalism means. I hate that my elementary school now has a fence around it. I hate that my child might be punished for words he might say. I hate to see our children increasingly sheltered as it hurts their eventual entry into adult society.
But what I hate the most is that the American people have become so irresponsible that such things have become often necessary to maintain social stability. It's that irresponsibility that's lead to the growth of the Nanny State. And worse, we don't learn. If we de-regulate something, people hop right back into the same destructive practices no matter the consequences.
This is why the government always seems to grow- we keep finding new ways to exploit the system to the detriment of others. And so more and more regulations have to be created to keep our actions in check.
They say that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Most people take that to mean that they must remain ever-watchful of a government becoming oppressive. But that's not the source of the problem. What we must remain vigilante of is that we use our freedom wisely; that we don't abuse and exploit it to the harm of others. Because that will inevitably lead to freedoms lost. Eventually the people will demand it.
Nah, some FICA dude and his gang of ruffians take money from my paycheck each month. I assume that's who I'm paying to live here. Seems like they take more the more I make too.