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Freedom is the natural condition of the human race, in which the Almighty intended men to live. Those who fight the purposes of the Almighty will not succeed. They always have been, they always will be, beaten.

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Government Should Not Solve Most of Our Problems and Here's Why
I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine about the environment and environmental laws. I believe that we should do our best to be good stewards of this Earth, but I also believe that there is a very small minority of environmental zealots who take this too far. They would rather sacrifice human kind and his pursuit of an easier life for whales, owls, and other endangered species. I also believe that a large majority of people believe like I do, that we should be good stewards. In order for the environmental zealots to win their battle of environmental extremism, they must use governmental powers usually through the judiciary to get their way. In reflecting on this I came to the following realization.

First, it is much better for society if people are given the opportunity to settle their differences and come to a consensus without the government getting involved. Iím of the opinion that a large percentage of our differences and problems can be solved without government interference. Today, however, it appears that people turn to the government first for solutions or the government immediately assumes responsibility for solving problems. This is dangerous for two reasons. First, a third party solution is forced and usually means one party wins and one party loses. If both parties work out their differences face to face, they are more apt to come up with a solution that works for both of them. Second, government involvement allows a small group of people to secretly get their way in the name of government. It is no great secret that much of what the government does is directly influenced by campaign contributions, lobbying, and special interest groups. Allowing the government to solve problems first can easily lead to abuse of governmental powers to allow special interests to get protection against competition, or a myriad of other things they want.

Second, it is becoming more and more apparent that the governments we have today, both at the federal and the state level, are not of the people, by the people, or for the people. Just look at the United States Congressional job approval rating of 23% or the Presidential job approval rating of 32%. In Hawaii, do you think more people would like to see more roads to alleviate traffic or a rail system? I would gather that a large percentage of folks would like to see more roads, because more roads means more freedom and Americans tend to like freedom. Why do you think that a large percentage of Americans dislike the jobs their representatives are doing? It is because they do not serve the people at large. They serve the special interests. Why is that? Because the special interests donate the money to the candidates. Money means both access and influence. And there is nothing more that an elected official fears than to get voted out of office. So why would you want the government to solve problems for you? They wonít solve them how you want them solved. That is abundantly clear. They will solve them in a way that benefits some special interest somewhere.

In conclusions, Americans have the right and the duty to demand that the government stay out of most aspects of their lives. We do not need the government to dictate to us how to solve our own problems. In many ways, the solutions the government offers and dictates are not really about solving our problems or protecting us. They are, many times, cleverly disguised instruments of control that benefit some special interest that has donated money to your representative. I do not believe that all elected officials engage in this kind of behavior, but it would appear than many do. It is time to demand that government stay out a large percentage of our lives. We have the right to say this. After all, our government was created to protect the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; not to suppress them.
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