Why are you asking for more government control ?

The following was published this morning by Kent McManigal in The Eastern New Mexico News.

Don’t need rescue from everything

I’m surprised at how seriously people are taking the coronavirus. I’m even more surprised at how many believe government can save them from it, or that it’s even government’s job to do so.

This is the same sort of thinking that has led to the recent plague of “red flag” legislation.

If you believe you need politicians to save you from a virus or from someone’s gun, then you’ll keep handing control of your life over to anyone who promises to rescue you. Whether they actually can or not.

It’s not only diseases and guns. It seems almost everyone wants to be saved from something. Maybe they fear immigrants who don’t comply with unconstitutional anti-immigration legislation. Or maybe they want to be rescued from “inequality,” whatever they imagine it to be.

Others may want to be saved from weather, poverty, different political ideologies or other religions they don’t follow, or from rich people. Some beg to be rescued from their student loan debt or their own bad choices.

Drugs, other drivers, people who might appear to be smoking but aren’t, messy yards, backyard chickens, loud parties, tall grass, and more are all things someone out there wants government to save them from.

If this seems like a long list, you are right. Yet it barely scratches the surface. There appears to be no end to the number of things you could list that some people, somewhere at some time, have begged government to save them from.

Government encourages this pandemic of cowardice.

H. L. Mencken, a favorite writer of mine from early in the 20th Century, noticed this and called it out. He wrote: “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.”

He’s right, and it’s working.

Were your hobgoblins listed above or are yours something else entirely?

It’s not that these things don’t exist, but making them into hobgoblins you fear irrationally is a path to slavery. You become so desperate to be saved you’ll accept those fanning the flames of fear as your self-proclaimed saviors.

Fear is the reaction to feeling you won’t be able to cope; of suspecting you aren’t enough. It’s a lie. You are enough.

You don’t need to be rescued from every little thing. I know you can do it without depending on government or its legislation. To conquer fear, get busy doing what needs to be done.

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5 Responses to Why are you asking for more government control ?

  1. Jerry says:

    Don’t know how old you are but I have to guess you are not among the over 75 population (I’m 85). I hope I never get the Corona virus and need to be in an ICU receiving all the special care that goes with the ICU. If I ever have the need for that service, I will have to rely on the government because I will never be rich enough to afford my own personal ICU. As for the other ‘services’ you mention, I try my best to be my own man, with help from my family of course.
    I know a lot of people claim the Corona virus situation is a manufactured crisis by the globalists/marxists as a way to further their agenda to take total control of our Republic. Not that I don’t think they are trying to use it to advance their agenda, but the Corona virus IS a crisis and has and is killing plenty of people around the world. Unfortunately, it is just beginning to take root here in the USA and may soon get out of control. I hope that never happens but just in case, I have done some extra prepping and have self quarantined myself.

  2. Matt says:

    How many people are going to get sick? How many of them are going to be out of work? Add in mandatory distancing and shutdown measures. When schools close how many parents are going to be forced out of work? How many of these people live paycheck to paycheck? What happens to their car payments, rent / mortgage credit cards, etc. Do we start foreclosure on everyone for being a dead beat over a global health crisis that probably originated with a foreign bio weapon? It isn’t a matter of govt. rescuing people, but some direction is required and yes, someone is going to take a financial haircut.

    I know he’s somewhat out of favor since the gun Woodstock in VA, but he has an interesting idea in declaring force majure and suspending some of the economic activity temporarily until things can reset and restart.

    • Hans says:

      ” It isn’t a matter of govt. rescuing people …”

      … yet everything stated in your comment above is a cry for someone else to do something for you and others, rather than rely on your own resources and the charity of your community.

      “… an interesting idea in declaring force majure …”

      … such advocacy is the most anti-Liberty sentiment I’ve ever seen on NCRenegade.

      Perhaps you should be commenting on CNN or MSNBC.

      (PS -- see my reply to your comment on previous post)

  3. a follower says:

    “I’m surprised at how seriously people are taking the coronavirus. I’m even more surprised at how many believe government can save them from it, or that it’s even government’s job to do so.”
    Thank you!
    That is the problem, is this not also leading our anger towards man’s government. We (many) still desire and demand this government to serve and protect us, in ways they simply can not ever fully deliver.
    They continue to make promises they simply can not fulfill and we eat it up.
    This morning news: “Project Python”
    People need to wake up and start making their own ‘good’ decisions each day for God, family and country. No one else can do it for you!

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