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January 23, 2009

The Continuing Intrusions

Joe Charlebois

Where has the belief in the American people gone? President Ronald Reagan knew the solution to solving America's crisis wasn't seated in further governmental intrusion. He knew it was the unleashing of the American spirit that for over 200 years spurred the meteoric growth and prosperity of the United States. He saw that America was the shining "City on a Hill."


"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. From time to time, we have been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. But if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price."

Ronald W. Reagan, January 20, 1981 - First Inaugural Address


In this excerpt from Mr. Reagan's first inaugural address, he addresses the elite establishment sense of superiority. It is in this truth that the elected members of both parties have subjected their constituents to the "we know best" paradigm.


One needs only to go back and look at The Constitution and its premise to understand how upside-down this country has become. The Constitution established a common bond between the individual states to create a federal form of government where the agreed states would grant powers to the centralized government, not the other way around.


If one were to look at how our local, state and federal governments interact, he would surely surmise that the federal or centralized level of government was the grantor of said powers.


The incoming administration will do nothing to turn back this tide. President Barack Obama is certain to stack another layer of unnecessary bureaucracy to our already bloated obligations. All of the new departments and programs will only make the federal government even larger, more costly and more powerful.


Even our outgoing administration, which those on the left believe to be the most "right-wing" administration in our history, obviously haven't paid attention to the last eight years. President George W. Bush added his own legacy to the ever growing federal beast.


His administration introduced prescription drugs to the entitlement trough. It also limited free speech with the signing on to the McCain-Feingold bill. The "No Child Left Behind" bill is certainly not a federal issue, but poured billions of our federal tax dollars into local education issues.


Huge sums of our tax dollars propped up the ethanol industry – an inefficient, costly fuel that in turn caused a ripple effect through the economy – not only in fuel costs but more specifically to food products dependent on corn and its byproducts. This is the epitome of the federal government knowing what is best for the American people.


We must all realize that we are able to stand up for ourselves. We "hire" our representatives when we elect them. They are public servants.


Our newly-elected representatives must understand that the true path to success is not more government – rather it is unleashing the American spirit. This can only be done by treating all Americans fairly.


We cannot continue to pit one class against another. We are all Americans and we deserve to be treated equally. We are entitled to our share of the "American Dream" without the intrusion of the ever growing centralized government telling us that some are "more equal than others."


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