In his recent Joint Address to Congress, U.S. President Joe Biden promised government would in essence become a knight in shining armor, riding a white stallion, bringing everything that weak American dames and damsels in distress, could possibly need for survival – from preschool to college - and beyond. And somehow deliver it all for free.
Likewise, in a recent press conference, President Biden stated, “I can say to you, help is here and hope is on the way.” Later in his remarks, after fumbling around to find the right words, he hastily added, “Anyway, we’re ready to get a lot done.”
While some may hear those words and be comforted, for the rest of us, that statement evokes a very different reaction. One that wants to scream, “Please, stop helping!” Instead of wanting government to do more, conservatives should demand government do less.
A wake of destruction comes behind nearly everything government does. If something is not working, rather than changing course, government doubles down and throws more money at the problem, rarely tying accountability or results to the allocation of more tax dollars. The U.S. Congress spends money like it’s theirs. It’s not – it belongs to the American people and should be spent responsibly on the greatest national threats and priorities, not wasted on political stunts and radical activism.
Historically, legislation has moved through Congress at a pace slower than Joe Biden’s speeches. That’s not always a bad thing. Having time to thoughtfully examine the details of a bill, discuss potential unintended consequences, make revisions, find compromise and rework, revisit and rewrite the text are intended to improve the end product and provide time for both research and reflection. Not rushing to pass costly and consequential legislation should be celebrated, not changed.
There’s a lot the Democrats want to do regarding immigration, gun control, silencing voices of opposition, weakening election integrity, reshaping the military and of course, addressing climate change. They say they need to end the filibuster in order to accomplish these things, which would be the final nail in the coffin of bipartisanship. They say it “will allow us to get more done.” Precisely what we fear! We should prefer the left does nothing - instead of doing things that damage the nation and are contrary to the will of the majority of the American people.
“Getting something done” is not an achievement if the things that are getting done aren’t worth doing. Every idea is not a good one. Everything the progressive left wants to do doesn’t mean they should have the right or the power to do it. All thoughts are not created equal. Some thoughts should not be turned into action. Many of the proposals we hear every day are from people who do not love America or else they wouldn’t be advocating for things that harm her.
We should prefer the left does nothing - instead of doing things that damage the nation and are contrary to the will of the majority of the American people
Prominent conservative radio talk show host, Rush Limbaugh, who recently passed away, was widely criticized for saying about then newly-elected President Barack Obama, “I hope he fails.” Of course, he was immediately deemed a racist, even though it had nothing to do with Obama’s skin color and had everything to do with Obama’s flawed policies. Rush’s point was that if you’re a person of principle, how can you wish that an opposing ideology, one you believe is not right, succeeds? Perhaps we should adopt a similar mantra in memory of Rush, and hope that many of the costly, damaging and dangerous programs the Democrats are proposing today, similarly fail.
So what exactly do we need from government besides providing for national defense and the handling of foreign affairs? Should we really expect – or even want – cradle to grave sustenance for all? As for me - no thank you – not with so many hidden consequences that are somehow strategically omitted. The benefits of government handouts are exaggerated and the sacrifices to our liberties are minimized, if mentioned at all.
Take Covid-19 as an example - how many times have we heard the excuse, “it’s because of the virus”, or “this is just a temporary restriction”. Ironically, the more rigorous the mandates, the worse those areas have fared – higher hospitalization rates, more cases of the illness, and accompanying skyrocketing unemployment numbers. The more government “helps”, the more we realize we need a different type of help - the kind of help that gets government out of the way and off the backs of hard-working tax payers.
America was founded on a rugged individualism. Conceived in the idea that freedom was better than regimented, excessive rule by a Monarchy. That freedom to live and work and worship was worth giving up everything and risking it all just for the chance to be free. Our Founding Fathers believed that a people left to self-govern could create a nation, conceived in liberty, dedicated to the proposition that all are created equal.
That a foundation of freedom would allow Americans themselves to build something far greater than government ever could. These themes from the founding would still be echoed more than 80 years later in Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address – and remain relevant today.
Too often now, though, government doesn’t facilitate freedom, but restricts it. Absolute power corrupts absolutely and unbridled power leads to absolute destruction of the institutions of family, culture, education, future solvency, and jeopardizes relationships with both adversaries and allies all around the world.
Let’s hope the radical left doesn’t get to do everything they want. I’d rather them do nothing at all than “get things done” that should never ever be allowed to be done to us.
Former U.S. President Ronald Reagan famously said the most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” Those words appear to be both timely and timeless.