By Chris Rossini
The great Beatles drummer Ringo Starr once said something that should be chiseled into the stone of every government building: "Everything government touches turns to crap."
Everything government touches. Not some things. Not most things.
Ringo left no exceptions. Everything.
America's Founding Fathers, who actually had knowledge of history, attempted to create a government that touches very little. Their attempt would work for a very short while, but like a stream that erodes away even the tallest mountain, those with a lust for power and its centralization would take over and dominate.
Here we are 200+ years later and government now touches everything. It didn't take very long. Two hundred years is a flash in the pan.
Now that government touches everything, what can we observe?
Well, government monopolized charity with its monstrous welfare state. As a result, we have presidential candidates running around complaining about the extreme poverty of so many Americans.
Government monopolized money with its Federal Reserve. As a result, we have rising prices that never offer us any relief. The bills never go down. The purchasing power of The Fed's money relentlessly marches towards the dustbin. Furthermore, every few years Americans must suffer from illusionary economic booms that must be followed by heartbreaking economic busts. The Federal Reserve causes it all.
Government monopolized schooling with its Department of Education. As a result, millions of children are treated as cattle that are run through the mill, stripped of creativity, individuality and curiosity. Every single day they must stand up and recite their morning government prayer. They must pledge their allegiance not to themselves, not to their families, and not to their God. They must pledge their allegiance to their government. When these children leave the mill after 18 years of this, they're thoroughly conditioned to believe in a government that touches everything.
Government monopolized the media with its Federal Communications Commission. The media picks up right where the schools leave off. Now as adults, Americans are shown a 24 hour stream of propaganda that champions and supports a government that touches everything.
Government monopolized commerce with more agencies than we can count. As a result, our economy has become a giant landfill of "regulations" and red tape. Every aspect of employment or starting a business has government involved. As a result, American businessmen and entrepreneurs have been running for the hills. They open up shop in countries that don't gang tackle them with swarming bureaucrats.
Speaking of the rest of the world, the very same government that was designed to touch very little, has decided to monopolize the world. War after war, after war sums up American life. Troops stationed in nearly 150 countries. So many millions dead. At home, every American treated like a lab rat. No privacy and everything monitored.
And finally, a government that touches everything leaves no room for independent thought. It seeks to monitor thoughts with the tyranny of "political-correctness". No one may color outside of the lines or think unapproved thoughts. As a result, Americans walk around not knowing what to think or what to say. Mobs of "thought controllers" await and are ready to pounce on those who do not obey.
Remember Ringo: "Everything government touches turns to crap."
He's right, and there are no exceptions.
Peace, voluntary interactions with one another, sound money, and liberty are the only way out.