by Chris Sullivan: Reality
One of the
greatest myths if not the greatest that Americans
are taught is that the government expresses the will of the people.
Is this really the case or is it a mechanism of psychological control?
I think it
is obvious to anyone who drives a car that the vast majority of
people think speed limits are too low, particularly on limited access
highways. It appears that at least 90% of the people are speeding
at least in Georgia but the speed limits remain artificially
low. A couple of years ago some college students drove around I-285
all abreast at the speed limit (55 MPH) causing a huge traffic jam
and nearly causing multiple wrecks. Instead of raising the speed
limit in response to speeding by virtually everybody, the state
recently passed a "Super Speeder" law that tacks on something
like 200 extra dollars to the fine for anybody exceeding 74 MPH
on two lanes or 84 MPH anywhere. If the government reflected the
people's will, the speed limits would all be raised.
Drugs are another
example of the government thwarting the will of a large proportion
of the population. Ron Paul has been criticized for wanting to "legalize"
drugs when actually all he has advocated is obeying the constitution
and abolishing federal laws against drug prohibition in various
forms. States can make any laws they please, but the federal government
has no enumerated power to make such laws. Obviously there is a
huge demand for recreational drugs, but in this instance the will
of the people doesn't matter.
low-flow shower heads and toilets? Was there a popular clamor to
outlaw the old (better) higher flow varieties? I never heard a single
person say, "Gee, I sure wish they would reduce the flow of
these shower heads." Once again the will of the controllers
is imposed on "The People."
The same thing
applies to light bulbs. If the people preferred fluorescent bulbs
to incandescent they would buy them and there would be no need to
force them on the people.
Was there a
groundswell of opposition anywhere to unpasteurized milk? Your omniscient
Uncle Sam in DC thinks it's naughty for his subjects to have it
and will send out hordes of armed stooges to prevent you from getting
it and hurting yourself.
there are those in government who think they know best. There are
movements in various places to outlaw too much salt, fat or sugar
in foods regardless of what the citizens want. Many places outlaw
smoking in restaurants whether the proprietor thinks it desirable
There was overwhelming
opposition to Bush's Billionaire Bailout, but the will of the pols
trumped the will of the people. The same was true and still
is about Obamacare, but the obedient servants of Mammon imposed
it against the people's will.
Was there any
popular movement to outlaw
gold ownership in 1933? Was there popular support for Mr. Lincoln's
New York Times of
August 25, 1864 had this to say about the draft:
the alarmist[sic] who are concerned lest the draft cannot be enforced
without resistance and insurrection, his reply is that, if it
has come to this, the quicker the Government proves its power
to maintain its laws, the better....It is not a question whether
the draft is an evil. No sane man denies it. The only question
is, whether it is or is not a less evil than national ruin, which
can be prevented by it alone."
from this editorial that the draft might not have been pushed through
by the people.
maybe all have laws requiring the wearing of seat
belts even though there was no demand for such laws. They've even
come up with really clever slogans such as "Click It Or Ticket"
to remind you to fasten your seat belt.
of the law makes no difference. Regardless of how stupid, evil,
onerous or intrusive the edict, a sufficient number of people can
be found to enforce it. If it were decreed that no one shall breathe
through his left nostril and a visible plug shall be worn in it,
there would be no trouble finding police to enforce the new "law."
like to prattle on about how "we" are the government,
but relish turning in their neighbor for building a deck
or any imaginary crime without a permit. It isn't the deck
that they object to, it's that the neighbor had the audacity to
proceed without government approval.
the populace that they are the government is somewhat analogous
to a voluntary fast vis a vis an imposed fast or any voluntary
mortification. If you decide to fast for health or spiritual or
any other reason it is much different from being told by someone
else that you may not eat, talk, read or watch TV. Anything done
voluntarily is more bearable than having it imposed. This is the
genius of convincing people that "we did it to ourselves."
with permission from Different
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