Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Government Intrusion

There has been two stories in recent days that have really caught my eye. Many would find no correlation, but it is there. The stories are the drug testing of welfare recipients in the Florida and the American Airlines vs. Orbitz story. You are wondering how they relate? It's simple both are government intrusion (i.e. Progressivism), and if one is going to be consistent you should not like either. Alexis de Tocqueville said, "when government grows too large the people will be reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals."

Some of you may not think that the welfare story is government intrusion, especially since it is coming from the right. Never think for a minute that the right don't have their own big government progressives, look at folks like John McCain and Lindsay Graham, they are cut from the same mold of one of the father's of progressivism, Theodore Roosevelt. Who incidentally, helped another progressive, Woodrow Wilson get elected by splitting the rights vote. Some of you are probably even in agreement with it, no matter it is still big government. But what else would you call it when government is telling a group of people that the must submit to a drug test. It matters nothing that they are on welfare (If that is a problem, maybe you should look at welfare), because if they can make them take drug tests, who's next? Maybe it will be something you do, like say a driver's license or hunting permit.

The other is a more classic example of big government intrusion. A court in the progressive bastion of Illinois, said that American Airlines, must put their prices and schedule back up on Orbitz. Tell me, how can government tell a business what and how to do it. Just like with the Labor Dept. fighting Boeing from moving their plant to South Carolina. It was nothing but a move to protect their union buddies, and this incident is cut from the same mold. I have no clue who will benefit from this, or what politician Orbitz has in their pocket, but maybe that needs looked into, instead of making these outrageous intrusions, in a person's private life or in business affairs. How can any government tell any business what to do, whether it be smoking, salts, transfats or calorie counts? Government has absolutely no business in business.

So you see progressivism and big government can and does come from both sides, and no matter the side it comes from it is the same. They are two sides of the same wrong coin. No matter if it comes from the right wing like McCain and Theodore Roosevelt, or the left from the likes of Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Lyndon B. Johnson, or even Obama, it is wrong and it endangers our freedom.

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