Why Humans Need Government
By James Donahue
We occasionally find columnists
that present strong arguments in favor of anarchy. Indeed, after months of watching
the failures on the part of our elected legislators in Washington to accomplish much of anything, the case for trying to live
with no government at all sounds tempting.
Writer Joel Turtel once wrote:
“government man, why do we need you? Just holster your gun, withdraw your taxes, regulations, public schools, and entitlement
programs, and get out of our way."
There was a time in my youth when
I might have wholeheartedly agreed with Turtel's extreme Libertarian viewpoint. But after watching the subtle corrosion of
our Republic until it has slipped into a democracy controlled by the masses, I have changed my mind. Democracies don't work
because it puts control in the hands of the majority of the people, and they have shown they are incapable of choosing good
leadership or making the right decisions.
The election of George W. Bush was a
perfect example of what I am talking about. The jury is still out on Barack Obama.
What has happened in America in the
last few decades is that the masses appear to have taken control of our government. This is not to say that they were not cleverly persuaded to elect the candidates they did by slippery and costly corporate
advertising. And, of course, the people selected at the polls to run our country are reflecting the general intelligence of
Most people in the United States, for
example, would have been quite comfortable sitting down to tip a beer with President Bush. That Texas cowboy treated distinguished
royalty from other nations to rodeos and steak fries on his ranch, and was photographed giving the Premier of Germany a little
back rub at a formal dinner as if she were an intimate friend. This behavior is reflective of the mind-set of most of the
beer-guzzling, football-watching numb-skulls that dominate American households.
Unfortunately, America's leadership
is sadly lacking at a time in human history when we need strong, decisive, intelligent and spiritual leadership more than
ever before. We thought we had it when we elected Mr. Obama, but while this president says what seems to be what we want to
hear, his actions, or inactions, reflect what we fear may be an unwillingness or inability to make decisive decisions during
our current time of crisis.
Back when my wife and I first entered
the labor force, we also rebelled against the weekly wage deductions for state and federal income tax and social security.
Like Turtel, we believed that personally investing that small weekly sum would bring better returns in interest and provide
a better retirement package. While we were right, we never put that investment strategy into practice.
Fortunately I had an employer along
the way that participated in the 401-K program and set up a plan that enhances the retirement money we now receive. My wife
and I also are glad for the Social Security payments and Medicare assistance received. As retired Americans we see the wisdom
in these programs. Even those of us who thought we knew better never got around to planning for retirement. It was something
that just crept up on us whiles we were busy dealing with the cost of raising a family and living from paycheck to paycheck.
Indeed, we agree with Libertarian arguments
against paying taxes level with those of a socialist system, without reaping the benefits of free medical and education programs,
and we are strongly in favor of giving up many of our capitalist ideals and shifting to a socialist system for the good of
all. But we still want government. The people as a whole have never demonstrated an ability to correctly govern themselves.
I once heard it stated that when primitive
people were given a rock, they used it to club each other over the head. When humans were given the fire, they used it to
make weapons to kill. When given the secrets of the atom, they invented the nuclear bomb. Indeed, this is not the sign of
a world that is capable of handling its own affairs without the controlling force of government.
We especially take issue with
arguments against environmental controls. As an advocate of rules to protect the Mother Earth from any more destruction by
this overpopulated world, it appears that only through government control that we can expect to force society to stop polluting
and overpopulating our planet.
Unfortunately, the failure of our leaders
to recognized this impending danger or take action because it might harm profits of industry, is bringing us all one step
closer to the complete death of our planet and a global extinction of all species, including us.