All government, of course, is against liberty.
Those behind the scenes
For you see, the world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.
The individual, not the government
But our society — unlike most in the world — presupposes that freedom and liberty are in a frame of reference that makes the individual, not government, the keeper of his tastes, beliefs, and ideas; that is the philosophy of the First Amendment; and it is this article of faith that sets us apart from most nations in the world.
No right to arbitrary power
The Legislative has no Right to absolute arbitrary Power over the Lives and Fortunes of the People: Nor can Mortals assume a Prerogative not only too high for Men but for Angels, and therefore reserv’d for the Exercise of the Deity alone.
Government expands at will
The government expands at will, based on what might be charitably called flimsy constitutional reasoning and less charitably and more accurately called arrogant judicial tyranny. Government authority these days rarely comes from the Constitution as written but from the last carefully crafted misinterpretation of it. This is called legal precedent.
All government is evil
I believe that all government is evil, and that trying to improve it is largely a waste of time.
Government isn’t a good way to solve problems … [G]overnment is concerned mostly with self-perpetuation and is subject to fantastic ideas about its own capabilities. … [G]overnment is wasteful of the nation’s resources, immune to common sense and subject to pressure from every half-organized bouquet of assholes. … [G]overnment is distrustful of and disrespectful toward average Americans while being easily gulled by Americans with money, influence, or fame.
Every book has been rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street and building has been renamed, every date has been altered … History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.
Several by Sobran
Today’s Washington is about as attentive to the Tenth Amendment as the Unitarian Church is to the Book of Revelation.Continue reading “Several by Sobran”
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.