Recent scandals expose the nature of the state

May 18, 2013 by History in a Hurry

TWO RECENT HEADLINES:

The Benghazi Lie

A failure of character of this magnitude corrodes the integrity of the state.

By Mark Steyn

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This Is No Ordinary Scandal

Political abuse of the IRS threatens the basic integrity of our government

By PEGGY NOONAN

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I beg to differ with these respected conservative columnists.

Obama & Co.’s recent scandals don’t “corrode the integrity of the state,” as these writers claim. The state has no integrity — and I would say the same thing if Republicans were running the show.

Wow, the government uses threats, lies, intimidation and theft? Welcome to Human Nature 101: This is what happens when humans are given power over others. The recent scandals expose the deception and coercion that are already part of “the state.” They highlight the corrosive nature of power itself.

Government is inherently dangerous because it has a monopoly on force, power, taxation and warmongering. Add bundles of money and powerful corporate interests to the mix, and you end up with the mess we currently have. I recently heard Lew Rockwell compare Washington, D.C., to Mordor, Tolkien’s fictional evil kingdom. Isn’t that an apt comparison?

Because government is dangerous, America’s Founders wanted to keep it on a leash. “In questions of power, then, let no more be said of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution,” wrote Thomas Jefferson.

That didn’t work so well, though, did it? The Constitution is a dead letter. The government should be bound by law, and it should be kept as small and inconsequential as possible, so it can’t interfere in free people’s lives. Instead, the U.S. government is a leviathan that noses into every sphere of human activity.

Could Americans restore their country to its founding principles? Maybe — if they wise up and start thinking outside the box.

Here are some radical ideas for citizens to consider.

How about abolishing the IRS and the income tax so the government can’t fund cockamamy schemes, such as running guns through Benghazi, Libya? Americans once believed that an individual’s income belonged to the individual alone. There was not an income tax until 1913.

How about Americans start protesting the federal government’s multi-trillion-dollar wars and its manipulations of other countries?

How about the citizens turn off their TVs and ignore the corporate media’s lies and propaganda? If they did so, they might have time to learn more about history, economics and civil liberties than they know about Beyonce and Honey Boo Boo. Then we might get somewhere.

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