By Chris Rossini
Politicians are always calling for "unity."
But with the current role that people have accepted and attribute to government, these politicians are chasing after unicorns.
In our private lives, we are not allowed to rob, cheat or defraud our neighbor. The vast majority of people naturally live by this unwritten rule. The tremendous cost and uncertainty that go with a life of crime prevents almost everyone from choosing that road.
However, since we're all individuals who are free to choose, there will always be those who choose to rob, cheat or defraud. But these individuals are in the tiny minority.
If you're going to have a government, the government should not be exempt from the same rules that we all live by.
Members of government should not be allowed to rob, cheat or defraud. The moment such an exception is made (and in the case of the United States, the exception was made long before any of us were born) the government itself becomes a magnet for every mischievous personality imaginable.
It's been several hundred years, and the results couldn't be clearer. America has more laws than anyone can keep track of, with more so-called "regulations" than can ever be enforced, and millions of government bureaucrats hassling everyone. America has a military empire with 1,000 bases all over the Earth, coupled with welfare promises that mathematically can never be made good on .....
And politicians plead for "unity."
How can that even be possible?
When trillions of dollars are being expropriated from some pockets in order to make their way into different pockets, it sure takes a lot of guts to ask for "unity."
No one wants to be robbed.
No one wants to be forced to act against their own peaceful desires.
No one wants to be hassled for a litany of victimless "crimes."
As long as the role of government remains as it is --- that is, as a tool to rob, cheat, and defraud your neighbor --- there cannot be unity.
But there is an escape hatch...
As Ron Paul said over and over in his presidential campaign speeches: "Liberty unites us."
Peace unites....Violence divides.
In a free society, your neighbor is no longer a potential threat. You don't have to worry about arbitrary chants of "pay for my healthcare," or "pay for my college."
In a free society, your neighbor can no longer legally rob you, with government acting as his bully and enforcer.
It's only because the idea of government has been distorted so tremendously that peace and voluntary interactions are such radical ideas.
When the government goes belly-up financially, which is not very far away when you look at the national debt, the opportunity to see clearer will be there.
What should the proper role of government be?
America's Founders, while far from perfect, were on the right track.
One thing should be obvious:
If you can't rob, cheat, or defraud your neighbor, neither can the government on your behalf.