Image via WikipediaThe following quote is from the book, "Atlas Shrugged," see if this doesn't put some things in perspective when considering the actions of our federal government.
"Do you really think we want laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken. You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts your up against.... We're after power and we mean it.... There's no wat to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. One declares so many thing to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law abiding citizens? What's there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted - and you create a nation of law breakers - and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with."
In this quote, Dr. Ferris, a government bureacrat, is explaining to Hank Reardon, an industrialist the intentions of those in power in Washington D.C. For those of you who haven't had a chance to read the book, the world is filled with "People's States," that are socialist in nature. The United States is on the brink of becoming one of these types of nations as well. The government destroys business at every level, while people themselves are entranced by being "progressive" and "socially responsible." Wealth in this world is redistributed by the government and businesses alike and a total breakdown in society ensues.
This quote is important because it reveals that those in power in the book, and those in the halls of power in Washington D.C. aren't really "progessive" nor "socially responsible." It's about pure control and power of those they claim to represent. They want the power and they mean to have it. Look at what is happening, healthcare decisions are going to be taken away from you and your doctor, the government is moving to regulate how much salt your allowed to eat, they continually raise taxes on both alcohol and cigarette's taken advantage of people's desires to use those things.
Mr. Reardon in the quote above is basically being told, that he better comply or they will come for him. Eventually they do with excessive regulations against the steel industry in general and while the steel industry crumbles they blame Reardon himself for their legislation and its failures.
Being regulated and dictated to means loss of freedom. How much more can the citizens of this country take?
(The bold emphasis in the quote is mine.)