Now, if you were paying attention or remember the title of today's blog (go ahead, look up if you forgot, I won't complain), you know what I'm going to talk about.
Government's job is to, and I'll just quote:
...establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity...That covers freedom pretty well, which leaves personal responsibility. It is the responsibility of every person to take care of themselves, by earning a living, managing their own affairs, and and seeking in trade or by purchase, those things they cannot provide for themselves. Okay, I know that to almost anyone reading this the last sentence is a statement of the obvious. But sometimes you have to state the obvious because it s not as simple as it sounds.
Far too many people are turning to the government to provide them services. Having spent a few years on the bottom rung financially, including now, I am still amazed by the amount of money that the government gives out. But the price you pay in self respect is great, and your desire to submit to a nanny state can easily become overwhelming.
The goal of government should not be to help people, it should be to make sure fewer people need help. And to do this, government must get out of the way as much as possible, allow us to live as we choose, and not prop up those who choose to destroy their lives. This is harsh, but any able adult who wants to destroy themselves should be allowed to do so. Disposing of a corpse is not too expensive, and I'd rather the government not waste resources that could go to things of importance on people who willingly kill themselves slowly.
So I will have a couple more blogs in the next couple of days in this vein which will drive home the point of personal responsibility. So until then, here's a link for everyone: Cajun Tiger's Rants and Raves. Right now, he's blogging away from somewhere in Iraq. Gotta appreciate that.