Ayn Rand

It bothers me that an apparent majority of American citizens sit on their hands and watch their liberties fade away. Is it because they are taught “limited” information on this nation and the Constitution of the United States of America? Further, as a public, do we lack the knowledge necessarily required of a citizen in a representative republic? Do they even care?

Ayn Rand said this: “When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing, — When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors, — When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you, — When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice, — You may know that your society is doomed.” — Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1957. You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOBO3ehh0uI

As a matter of full disclosure, you need to know I am a Conservative, not necessarily a Republican or Libertarian. But, then, I dislike labels. We are all supposed to be Americans first, at least before doing or allowing others to do what is not for the good of the country.

Frankly, it is a wonder to me our government gets anything accomplished, given the huge monstrosity it has become, gobbling up money faster than the bills can be printed. The pure size of the federal government is the real problem. Congress can do little simply because few, if anyone at all, in elective office can see clearly through the bureaucratic morass.

The jungle that is the record of Public Law is so voluminous, so many paragraphs amending other paragraphs in PL passed years previously, determining what any particular law means requires study for weeks on end. Example: Obamacare, the Affordable Care Act.

It occurs to me only a complete overhaul of the Congress can bring even a small slow down in the growth of government. The hazard of that is to simply reverse the party in power, an altogether distasteful result. Elected officials are now so ingrained with desires of “greed and power”, we may be in an insurmountable Catch 22 situation.

Even if the Congress were t be entirely replaced (not possible, given the term provisions of the Constitution) could it deal with the convoluted bureaucratic departments that are the government today?

It is worrisome.– Dan Lee, Danny Boy Stories.