Read it all!

by wfgodbold

It’s long, but you really should read the whole thing.

He talks about the nanny state, rebelling for the sake of rebellion (after all, who hasn’t done something just because someone else didn’t want them to?), and how libertarianism could save us all (ok, I may be overstating things here).

I’m sure I qualify as one of the natural libertarians Lee Harris discusses; I don’t like being told I can’t (or shouldn’t) do something (hell, the whole reason I got interested in shooting in the first place was the big dustup during the 2008 presidential election).  If there hadn’t been a panic about reinstating the assault weapons ban or other new gun control laws, I have no doubt my bank account would have more money in it than it does now.  I don’t want much from the government; if it left everyone alone and concerned itself with its enumerated powers, we’d get along just fine.

Unfortunately, our elected officials (for the most part) are more concerned with enriching themselves (mainly) and their districts (if there is enough left over) than they are with fulfilling their actual duties; while we may not have institutionalized what the Japanese call amakudari (天下り), we have essentially the same system here.  Public officials routinely leave government “service” with large bank accounts, which are only further enlarged by new jobs in private lobbying firms or other beltway specific businesses; it’s not literally a “descent from heaven,” but it’s pretty damn close (I have no problem with lobbyists as such; one of the rights protected by the first amendment is petitioning the government for a redress of grievances, and lobbying is the most effective way to petition the government).

I don’t know how to solve these problems; it may be that there isn’t a good way with our current system (term limits would put a damper on the ability of everyone in office to make their fortunes there, but it would probably result in everyone scrambling to get as much as they can as fast as they can).

Part of the problem is the type of people who go in to politics; I am afraid, though, that an even larger part is the electorate itself.


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