Assume Government?

When someone asks what government (“The State”) “thinks” on some issue– what the “law” says or what the general statist thinking [sic] is– my first thought is always along the lines of “Who gives a …?”

And I’m not only talking about whether or not something is “illegal”.

So many people assume government. I assume liberty.

They can’t imagine liberty, so they obsess over this or that justification for governing others. They feel the need to know what George Washington said about some subject before they can form an opinion about it. They worry over what the Constitution says. They can’t consider anything outside the box of what some long-dead statist molester believed.

They act as though they believe government is to be considered first. Anything else comes later, if there’s still room. They pretend discussing government is the adult thing to do. They are misguided.

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Kent McManigal

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