As our free country degrades, the government grows. It has a life of its own.
When we recite the Pledge of Allegiance, it’s a stand for freedom. It really has little to do with the United States of America and certainly not the government. Government is a necessary evil; it shouldn’t do any more than adjudicate conflict and maintain the simplest of rules. When congress and legislators convene (which shouldn’t be very often), they might make some minor adjustments to the rules. Rules are needed for driving, land use, building codes, environmental protection, and the like.
Sadly, the government gives itself the unalienable right to lay and collect taxes. Because the government is comprised of people, it has wants and desires — plus, all the failings of humanity, like greed and arrogance. The lawmakers in charge get to take their cut before the subjects see any results. The system creates huge bureaucracies for the management of who gets what.
As more people go to work for the government, either directly or indirectly, the tax burden becomes oppressive. Further, the government becomes a solution in the minds of its subjects, who expect welfare support. In time, more than half of the population becomes dependent on the government. I believe it’s a tipping point. More people take out than pay in. Some people might argue government workers pay taxes, too. This is true. However, they just churn money.
Government people are your brothers, sisters, mothers and family; they are intertwined in society. They have needs and wants like pay raises, benefits and job security. Once past the tipping point, freedom is lost. We become slaves to the system and ideologically divided.
Let’s remember our pledge to freedom so we don’t slip into socialism. Once we’re in it, we won’t be able to get back out. Socialism requires a totalitarian government.