Sunday, September 04, 2022

Needs should be met by the people

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for August 3, 2022)

People see me say I don't want government doing something and often jump to the conclusion I don't want that thing done at all. Sometimes they are right, as in the case of legislation enforcement. More often they are wrong, as in the case of environmental protection, security, or justice.

Government is more likely to make a mess of it.

I love the natural environment, which is why I oppose letting government control it or set rules concerning it. I've seen what happens when government is put in charge of protecting the environment. So have you. The most obvious example being the devastating wildfires which result from a century or so of wildfire "prevention".

I've also seen state-controlled forests which looked beautiful from the car, but were a barren clearcut once you pulled over and ventured away from the road. Sure, private property owners also clear-cut, but this shows letting government "protect" something isn't better.

How about security? It would be terrible for America to be attacked or invaded. I believe an effective militia-- which, by the way, is all the people, not something government runs-- is the only real defense. Government's idea of "national security" is to wander the globe antagonizing other governments with its military to the point they start financing attacks on American soil. By making enemies of the people under those governments, you make them willing to die for a chance to strike back. You don't make America safer by invading, occupying, and destroying people's homes. That's how you recruit young people to join the fight against you; against the people in America you claim to be protecting. Great for military contractors, terrible for Americans.

It may even be worse to let government control justice. It has gotten so bad most people mistake punishment for justice. Those are not only not the same, but are closer to opposites. Government's courts don't deal in justice, despite the name they give themselves. It is a rare accident if any justice comes out of a court. The market could do better.

If something is needed or wanted, there is a way to get it without stealing from-- taxing-- the population; a way to provide it voluntarily, without government. Government only needs to step in to force us to accept things we don't want badly enough to pay for them. I believe all those things should be allowed to go away.

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I guess more people disagree

I would say, going by the total likes and shares on both posts, this didn't go the way the anti-gun bigot political criminal hoped.

Of course, then someone chimed in to reply to (and LP National, for some reason), saying "This is a stupid idea. Why have any laws ar [sic] all. Let's just get rid of them all and have anarchy. It [sic] that what your goal is? Gun laws keep guns out of the hands of violent offenders. Like all laws the dems take our freedom but we need some gun laws to keep us safe"

Their response was like government-supremacist anti-gun bigot bingo. Lies, lies, and more lies, seasoned with a bit of gov-school ignorance. "Liberty: it's a stupid idea" could be the universal DemoCRAPublican campaign slogan.