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I do not charge the Judges with willful and ill-intentioned error; but honest error must be arrested, where its toleration leads to public ruin. As, for the safety of society, we commit honest maniacs to Bedlam, so judges should be withdrawn from their bench, whose erroneous biases are leading us to dissolution. It may, indeed, injure them in fame or in fortune; but it saves the Republic, which is the first and supreme law.

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Why I hate government regulation
Government regulations are for the most part implemented by the Congress for the protection and safety of the people. The Congress offers its citizens safety in return for giving up some of their liberty. That is, in essence, the trade off that we all make when we allow Congress to create another department or commission to monitor some part of our economic lives. There are two basic questions that must be answered in this arrangement that Americans have been willing to make over the last century or more. First, is it Constitutional what the Congress is doing when it creates laws that create departments or commissions that regulate much of our economy. Second, do these government regulations really work? As a skeptic of strong centralized government power, you may already guess how I would answer these questions. So letís get right to the point.

First, I believe that much of what the federal government does in terms of government regulation is unconstitutional. Why is it important for the Constitution to be followed? Simple. It is our only protection against centralized power and as the founding fathers understood centralized power always devolves into tyranny and usurpation of our God-given rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. History has taught us that if you centralize power in one place, that eventually that power will be used to the detriment of the people. Do you really want to live in a place that lacks freedom and liberty? The only protection that we have is the Constitution and the only oath or allegiance that the people have is to the Constitution. The Constitution was set up to split up the powers between the federal government and the states. The federal government was to do a limited number of things and the states or the people were to have all other powers left to them. What do we have today? Ask yourself, how much power does a government that spends well in excess of $2.5 trillion have? I know of no other business that makes even close to that. I find it rather amusing when the politicians in Congress complain about the price of oil or oil companies making excessive profits. What about profits that our Congress makes when it calls for more deficit spending or when it alone spends trillions of dollars a year? Who is the real enemy of freedom, liberty, and choice here? It certainly isnít business. It would appear that the elephant in the room would be the federal government driven by the Congress and its power to spend money.

Second, much government regulation is enacted to protect special interests, not the consumers. Here are some questions for you to think about. What would be the easiest way for a business to hinder competition in a certain sector of the economy? Would it be to compete in a free and open market or would it be easier to donate thousands or millions of dollars to a particular party or politician in exchange for favorable legislation or regulation that hinders their competition. What do you think is happening right now in Washington, within Congress, the peopleís house? Why are so many organizations, non-profits, and businesses lobbying in Congress? They are lobbying for favorable legislation and regulations to stifle competition and to protect their position in the market. Who pays for the increased prices that result from regulation? Why consumers of course, the very people the regulations are supposed to help. Hereís another example for you. Why does the FDA exist? It exists to screen drugs to make sure they are safe for the consumers. It would appear that lately, judging by the number of drugs that they are doing a terrible job. In the news today, Vioxx had to pay $4.5 billion as part of a settlement for a drug that was approved by the FDA. In the private sector, if a business certified a product as being safe and then it turned out it wasnít, then that business would be out of business. What about the federal government? They donít go out of business. They just get more funds to continue to do the same poor job. Who do you trust? Yourself more or some bureaucrat in an office working 9 to 5 with union benefits. Do you honestly believe they work really hard to keep you safe? Of course not. Iím sure there are some great federal government workers, but I do not believe that they know what is best for me or how to protect me more than I do. I have more incentive to protect myself than they do. After all, it is my life. What are their incentives? Their incentives are to do whatever it takes to ensure that their job is safe and secure. It is to grow their department and make the private sector have to jump through more and more hoops. They do not protect us anymore than you or I would or could protect ourselves through word of mouth or news stories. What incentive does a company have to kill or maim or seriously injure its customers? None. If they did, they would go out of business and possibly face criminal charges. Is their a need for government intervention or regulation in this? No, it would happen regardless of the government. Government regulation then is really about political control of the economy. It is really about enacting socialism within the United States. And if you have been a student of history, as I have been, then you know that socialism has never worked on this planet. It is completely at odds with our Constitutional form of government with decentralized powers. It is a violation of our freedoms and liberties. I believe that most Americans know this, but they are afraid to demand immediate change of course from Congress. They believe that they have no power, but we still do have the power. But we do have incredible power. We have the power of the vote. We need to vote for people who honor liberty and freedom, not big government intervention and safety. Government produces nothing. It only consumes and wastes and fritters away the hard work of the American people. You know what I am talking about. Has your life become more difficult to live over the past decade? Has the price of everything skyrocketed? Why do you think that is? It is for this simple fact.

The government has been spending and regulating more and more of your life, which has killed the productivity of the American economy which means you and I have to pay more for less. Top that off with a healthy dose of deficit spending dating all the way back to the 1970s and you have the perfect storm. The government has been creating inflation with its wasteful spending and you and I have been paying for it. As the government spends more and more, our dollars become worth less and less. They can continue to spend and spend and create money out of thin air, while you and I must work for it. Their money out of thin air dilutes the power of our hard-earned dollars making it harder and harder for you and me to make ends meet. This is not a government of the people, by the people. It has become a government of usurpers and special interests, where one goes to Washington to curry favor for our tax dollars to be spent somewhere at the whim of a politician or bureaucrat. Do you honestly believe a bureaucrat or politician knows better how to spend your money than you do? If you do, then I am sorry for you. You have been brainwashed into thinking that safety is much better than freedom. I, for one, believe that liberty and freedom are what made American great and that the safety that our federal Congress and politicians offer, the safety of social security, Medicare, Medicaid, universal health care, and myriad of other programs is inferior to freedom and liberty. How was it possible for America to survive for over a hundred and fifty years without all this government intervention? It worked well. Now we have a social security system that keeps people in poverty. Do you think you can retire on social security? Do you think you actually get your moneys-worth from that program? Is America healthier with the invention of government mandated health care and free health care? Of course not. America is fatter and unhealthier today with all this health care than ever before. Why is that?

It is because safety always leads to laziness and lack of motivation to make good choices in life. You want to destroy America, then you let socialism, which means government control and ownership of the economy, take root. I will always fight for freedom and liberty, because I know that the government has no moral right or authority to take away might right to life, liberty, or the pursuit of happiness. It has no right to coerce me to act in a way that it would want me to act. It can create laws to ensure that I do not tread on someone elseís rights and that is all. But creating laws that regulate me to ensure that I donít cheat anyone is not right and is immoral. A government that coerces its citizens into acting a certain way is a government of tyranny and violates the superseding law of liberty. Itís as simple as that. I find it laughable when I hear politicians such as Barack Obama say that he will raise social security payroll taxes to pay for social security. I have a question for him. Why am I coerced or forced to pay into that system? That is immoral. I donít want to be a part of that system. The government has no right to force me. That is government of tyranny, no different than the King of England back in 1776. Why do you think the Revolutionary War was fought? It was fought to oppose economic tyranny. I will always fight for freedom and liberty because I realize that the only true way to prosperity for all is when free people make good choices that make our society more productive. Giving people things for free or taking from the rich and giving to the poor forcibly doesnít make a society more productive. It makes it lazier as more and more people wait for the goodies the government gives. It always has been and always will be. Do not believe the politicians that peddle safety and security. They are lying to you. They cannot deliver this to you. They have a track record of decades or slow economic growth. The only reason our economy hasnít tanked completely is because you and I have been willing to borrow money against our kidís future in the name of federal government deficit spending. At some point, no one will be willing to lend our government money. What do you think will happen then? You want a great depression. That will be a great depression. The government will just resort to printing more money, but this will create hyperinflation, which will destroy the economy. Choose freedom and liberty over government intervention and regulation. It is our only hope. Free the American people from the chains that Congress has created. What side will you be on? The fight for freedom or the chains of security.
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