THE CONCENTRATION OF POWER
November 9, 2008
It seems to us, that almost everyone is in agreement that government spends too much, too often, too recklessly, and at too many levels. The issue which we can't understand is why the electorate consents to this through the ballot box. It is just a financial fact, we cannot tax and spend our way to economic growth and prosperity.
So why do we consent to ever expanded and even more costly government? Currently ... state, federal and local governments spend in excess of 4.5 trillion dollars annually. It is significant to realize that as more and more monies are concentrated in one location, more and more power and authority will follow and quickly to that central location.
Polls show that American is overwhelmingly unhappy with their government. Why then should we make it larger and more powerful? Before Americans allow an expansion of government, first they should demand and observe accountability and efficiency in government.
The troubling trend is that as government expands, our ability to constrain government declines. The larger more intrusive and more costly government becomes... the more lobbyists, the more special interests and the more corruption it will invite. Barry Goldwater was right when he pointed out that the concentration of power in Rome destroyed the Romans. Goldwater said " hopefully the time will come when we entrust the conduct of our affairs to persons who understand that their first duty as public officials is to divest themselves of the power they have been given. It will come when hundreds of Americans... decide to put the person in office who is pledged to enforce the Constitution and restore the Republic. Who will proclaim... "I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce it size. I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom. ...I propose not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to our Constitution. ... I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is 'needed' before I have the first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible." So said Barry Goldwater and who can disagree that such a concentration of power has resulted in more corruption, more waste and a deduced ability for the people to fight back?
These principles apply today in America, as power expands and grows in Washington, D.C. It is that concentration of power which threatens to destroy America as we know it. Our Republic was formed to discipline power between the Federal, State, Local governments and individuals. Recall, power and resources are fixed, and as power grows in Washington it must come from somewhere, and most often, it is the individual who submits to giving up personal power often without knowing it.
Leon Trotsky said it best, "to a nation where the sole employer is the State, opposition means death by starvation." The old adage is "He who does not work shall not eat" is replaced by a new one, "He who does not obey, shall not eat". On an immediate scale, as government costs increase and regulates more, it comes at a cost of freedom and it is freedom which must be preserved and defended. Sadly, we see that freedom slipping away. And that is how we see it FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE.