UPDATE: This is not a post saying that we don’t need laws. We need some law for the good of the whole. It is more a post about laws hemming people in and laws being used to direct people because people in government don’t trust what citizens might do in certain situations. I’m certainly not anti-speed limit, for example and find nothing wrong with imposing speed limits. It’s not necessary for personal freedom to be able to drive 90 mph. That is just a simple example.
This post was kind of me riffing very quickly, which probably isn’t wise. But it’s more about government using law to control those in society who don’t need to be controlled. It’s the only form of control in a democratic government. It’s how democracy resembles monarchy, in essence. For example: elites don’t want you to own a gun even though you are perfectly capable and responsible to own a gun for whatever reason. So they use laws based on the actions of a few to hem you in and point you in the direction they want you to go.
It’s also about how laws stagnate and don’t let people flourish. Obviously we need laws. But most government action we don’t need. Do we need a law against murder? Yes. Do we need a law that says you have to register your yoga studio with the state government? No.
The American Experiment was such a monumental shift because it said that power should flow upwards, from the people to the government. “You are in Congress because I, a citizen, give my say-so.” This was monumental because it freed the human spirit and said that nobody knew better than anyone else how to live their lives.
That power is now shifting through centuries of law. We need some law, but remember that each law is like a brick. That brick blocks movement in one direction and encourages movement in another. With too many bricks there will be no movement and there will be stagnation. Welcome to that point. Welcome to stagnation. It all has to do with power and trust.
When you trust someone and someone trusts you, that relationship flourishes. It says, “I believe you know the right thing to do and while you will make occasional mistakes, I want you to be the person you should be.” Parents who don’t trust, don’t allow their children to grow into themselves. Currently, the United States government does not trust its citizenry. As a consequence we are not growing.
Why are there gun laws? Because the government does not trust you to be a responsible gun owner. Why are there speed limits? Because the government does not trust you to be a responsible driver. The list can go on and on. There are other issues involved like money and power and elitism. But to boil it down, it’s trust. They know better how to live your life. They know better what to do with your money. Why are people in government afraid of homeschooling? Because they don’t trust you to educate your children and they think they know better. Got it?
Back in the 1700’s people knew better because they were born into it. Born into monarchy or aristocracy. Today people know better because they went to an Ivy League law school and managed to raise money for an election. Back in the 1700’s the monarchs and aristocrats got benefits and were above the fray of the common man. Today, the government gets benefits and are above the fray of the common man. Don’t believe it? Why doesn’t Congress have Social Security like the common man? Why does Congress get to fly around in jets? Why don’t they fly commercial like the common man? I thought the idea was that power flowed upwards. “Of the people, by the people, for the people”… right?
America does not trust its government anymore. We don’t trust it because it doesn’t trust us. We don’t trust it because it’s broken the trust bank too often. How do we fix it? Get informed. Read the history. Start voting for people of character over people of politics.
Did you hear Congressman Barney Frank ask a questioner at a town hall about what planet she spent her time on? Did you read Speaker Pelosi’s rebuke of “unAmerican” protest? Excuse me, but do you in Congress understand for whom you work for? Send them tea as a reminder.