rights and the government

For hundreds of years in this country rights have been things the government cannot prevent. Suddenly they have become something the government must provide. How did this happen? Even the late Charles Heston would not have believed that the right to keep and bear arms meant that the government must buy everyone a 9mm handgun. The late Jerry Falwell did not believe that freedom of religion meant the government had to build everyone their own church. Don’t get me wrong, I like freebies as much as anyone. The problem is someone has to pay the bill. It is nice to think that we will make the rich pay for everything, but that never works. The rich have ways to hide their money or they just move to a place that is more favorable toward the rich, or we simply run out of their money. Every country and every economic and social system has rich people and poor people, even communism. Does anyone truly believe in the old Soviet Union that Mikhail Gorbachev was making the same amount of money as the guy planting potatoes out in the field? The government should not try to guarantee success for anyone. It is not the role of government to pick winners and losers. Rather, the government should get out of the way and allow everyone the opportunity to succeed. I believe the government–both parties and both liberals and conservatives–do far more to hinder the success of people than they do to help, or as Will Rogers said during the Great Depression, “The economy continues to improve despite the best efforts of the government.”

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About thewritingdeputy

Joel Jurrens was a deputy sheriff for 26 years until he retired in 2013. He has published three novels: In The Sticks, Graves of His Personal Liking and County Ops: The Vengeance of Gable Fitzgerald. He tries to keep his blog light and humorous and sometimes downright silly.
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