You and I must decide what kind of world we want to live in. We must decide if we want to follow those who promise everything at no cost, or those with the courage to tell us there is no such thing as a free lunch. Every idea, human action, and missed opportunity has a consequence. Happy and productive people understand the relationship between cause and effect. Who is best positioned to decide which path your life should take? How can somebody that doesn’t know us make better decisions about how we should live?
Published in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Gwinnett section October 31, 2004.
How can we decide who is fit to govern? Every vote will strike a blow for or against freedom. Unfortunately, our most recent votes have turned the land of the free into the land of entitlement. Our political leaders have turned the home of the brave into the home of the insecure. Modern Americans recoil at “Give me liberty or give me death.”
Society is composed of people that act independently. Since people act independently, they can choose, err and suffer; or they can choose, succeed and prosper. Error breeds suffering that falls upon those who err. This, in turn, sets in motion the law of responsibility or cause and effect. Tight linkage between cause and effect provides feedback that improves our decisions over time. We quickly and clearly see the consequences of our actions.
When governments intervene, by restricting or qualifying our choices, feedback takes longer and becomes less focused. Individuals accept less responsibility because government has accepted more of it. Just like the parent that is constantly picking up after the child, the suffering associated with bad choices is then more likely to fall upon the wrong party and less likely to provide the feedback needed to inhibit the poor choices.
When the state takes responsibilities beyond the defense of life, liberty, or property; sloth and dependence follow. The will of the legislator is then substituted for the will of the people. Productivity and intelligence become less important as more and more people become dependent upon the state. Responsibility declines and insecurity increases.
When the state takes responsibility for everything, individual rank also becomes a political problem. Some people, industries, and groups are favored; others are not. The only power worth having is control of the state, and this legal theft tends to attract people inclined to take advantage of us.
Politicians that say and do anything to stay in office should have a future that includes tar and feathers. If you’re concerned about moral decay, declining prosperity, and freedoms lost—vote Libertarian. If you’re willing to take responsibility for your own actions—vote Libertarian. Do something to reduce the size of government—vote Libertarian.