By Sam Pierce -
There are a plethora of complaints about our federal and state governments. I think we can ignore the complaints from those who believe government is too small or does not do enough, as those complaints are equivalent to lamenting that the level of damage is too low. On the other hand, reasonable complaints, those dealing with big spending and overreach, need to be addressed. The problem with addressing those complaints is that too often, those who complain don't really want to stop the actions they decry... or they seek to only limit those governmental oversteps that don't comport with their personal philosophies or desires.
Focusing on the federal government first, we must examine the means to a good government end. Perhaps we don't need to engage in root cause analysis, at least not initially, to stem the flow of waste, burden, and strangling regulation from those who enjoy the power and perks of federal elected office. I think the late Ronald Reagan was on the right track when he uttered the following:
Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.
RONALD REAGAN, New York Times, Nov. 14, 1965
We should consider the health of the baby and therefore should attempt to regulate his diet. (Note: I call for citizen regulation of government, not the reverse!) My fellow Americans, our child is beyond morbidly obese! Surely our duty as responsible parents must include restricting the diet of our gluttonous child. The baby currently enjoys the power over his parents, so this will not be easy. He has grown (but not matured) in such a way that his insatiable appetite is continuously fed out of natural fear of the wrath associated with his tantrums.
I do not know how we can put the baby on a diet without suffering greatly the wrath of the worst of petulant children. It is an unfortunate truth that our parental negligence coupled with that of prior generations has created a monster baby that will naturally gorge itself until it has exhausted the sources of its sustenance. One way or another it will find that its binge eating must stop. It would be best if we can curtail it before the inevitable collapse comes and our biological children suffer the consequences of our continued catering to this spoiled brat. Imagine how miserable our baby will make those under its weight when it no longer can be fed.
While regulating the intake must somehow be accomplished, we cannot ignore the noxious emissions from the other end. Liberty depends on our ability to address the taxation, regulation, and ridiculously unconstitutional (deemed constitutional by robed pacifiers) intrusions upon the citizen. Again, there are the incredibly oblivious who believe the intrusions and waste products of the world's largest tot are insufficient, but lets try not to think about the dangerously stupid (a.k.a. progressives).
Even those who have not had the blessing of children know what must be done to control the mess that is inevitably created as a result of a baby's digestion. What do we do to ensure our little one does not ruin his clothes or the furniture with the excretions he cannot yet control? How do we contain the by-products of his digestion (and in the case of the federal government, his gluttony)?
I call on the makers of Huggies, Luvs, Pampers, and Depends to engage in a free-market exercise to see who can create the item we need to control the flow of waste and harmful substance from our federal baby's over-active bottom. Imagine the boon to business the manufacturer will receive who is first to market with a diaper that can encompass the entirety of Washington D.C.