Big Government, Little Liberties

Earlier this month, I wrote on the threat big government poses to our liberties in my column at my college paper, The News Record. Considering we just saw another gigantic increase in the size and power of government, I felt revisiting this article was fairly relevant to recent events.

In the article, I cited a CNN poll conducted back in February which reported that 56 percent of Americans viewed the federal government as an immediate threat to our liberties. With any luck, the passage of the massive and overreaching healthcare reform bill will only make that number skyrocket.

Here is a quick excerpt:

George Washington once said, “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.”

As the size of government grows, its ability to threaten our liberties grows with it. And as some recent poll numbers would suggest, the federal government is forming into the mold of the “fearful master” Washington warned us about.

Undercutting our rights didn’t start with the current administration or the one before it. Unfortunately, this trend has been rising in our country for quite a while and finally people are becoming fed up with the status quo. 

If you’d like, you can check out the rest here.

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