The Truth about Government

The Democrats will be running the White House, the House and the Senate soon. Before they make drastic changes, they may want to consider some interesting quotations on government.

My favorites reveal a general wariness of government — a key principle upon which our republic was founded:

“A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take everything you have” — Barry Goldwater.

“A patriot must always be ready to defend his country — against his government” — Edward Abbey.

“The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse” — Edmund Burke.

Well, Eddie, you got that right. We just handed our government a blank check worth billions to bail out our financial institutions. And before we let Barack Obama “make government cool again,” we may want to consider this:

“The single most exciting thing you encounter in government is competence, because it’s so rare” — Daniel Patrick Moynihan.

“Government is inherently incompetent, and no matter what task it is assigned, it will do it in the most expensive and inefficient way possible” — Charley Reese.

“Government is an association of men who do violence to the rest of us” — Leo Tolstoy.

Sorry, Leo, but folks often forget how nasty government can be. Right now, folks are clamoring for our government to do something, anything, to fix our economic woes — forgetting, of course, that our government is a key contributor to those woes. Here is where government is really effective:

“The government is good at one thing: It knows how to break your legs, then hand you a crutch and say, ‘See, if it weren’t for the government you wouldn’t be able to walk'” — Harry Browne.

“Government’s view of the economy can be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it” — Ronald Reagan.

“Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer” — Ludwig von Mises.

We citizens must be more skeptical about well-meaning politicians. We must look past their flowery words to understand what they really may be up to:

“The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule” — H.L. Mencken.

“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation” — Thomas Reed.

“A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul” — George Bernard Shaw.

Excellent quote, Georgie. You described the 2008 elections more accurately than 99 percent of America’s journalists — and you’ve been dead since 1950.

Look, it’s long been time that America gets back to the basics. American citizens must stand up and demand a return to the principles of SMALL government:

“That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves” — Thomas Jefferson.

“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests” — Patrick Henry.

“Our best protection against bigger government in Washington is better government in the states” — Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Unfortunately, Dwight, we abandoned that concept some time ago. Unless Americans wake up and remember the origin of our greatness — it’s the people, not the government — we are poised for the government to expand more, and take more and control us more.

Humorists understand the ramifications better than anyone:

“The primary function of the government is — and here I am quoting directly from the U.S. Constitution — ‘to spew out paper'” — Dave Barry.

“The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets” — Will Rogers.

“Did you ever notice that when you put the words ‘the’ and ‘IRS’ together, it spells ‘THEIRS?'” — Unknown.

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  • Warren Jewell

    Yes, the list of messengers is long, and getting old.

    But, increasingly, these preachments are heard only ‘in the choir’. Anyone else just considers it ‘not for me’ or resorts to attacks on the messenger without even trying to answer his statement’s meaning. I just can’t fathom why so many just will not listen and learn that “our government is THE key contributor to just about all of our woes“.

    There is an effective atheism at work – they refuse to believe and acknowledge that there will be last preachments in their last judgment. At least, there is some silly foolish (counter-Scriptural) notion by which “HE won’t find me wrong because I am right!

  • noelfitz

    I read here several quotations.

    Would you like to consider the following?

    “If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them (around the banks), will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered”
    Thomas Jefferson

    Now we see the collapse of greedy free market capitalism.

    All the investment banks have collapsed. The government (ie the American people) have had to bail out these institutions.

    When Clinton left office the US was doing well, now it is not. It is in debt to Muslims in the Middle East and to Communist China.

    Was it Bill Clinton who asked what was so bad with prosperity?

    God bless,


    In necessariis, unitas; in dubiis, libertas; in omnibus, caritas.

  • Cooky642

    Dearest NoelFitz, you need to go back and read your history books WITHOUT the “rose-colored glasses”. Mr. Carter and Mr. Clinton, our last 2 Democratic presidents, are the noteworthy authors of our current “discomfort”!

    I also disagree with you about the “collapse” of the free market. It has not “collapsed”, but been murdered! About the “greedy”, I will wholeheartedly agree, and God speed! It is the greedy and corrupt human manipulators of our free market who have sold this country for “thirty pieces of silver”.