There has always been a basic question in this country, a question which few if any nations have ever had to ask themselves.
Do we stand Together, as a strong Nation, or separately, as a group of small satrapies.
I have listened to the endless whining of a relatively small portion of the right political wing about "smaller government."
What do you think your day-to-day life would be like if you didn't live in the USA, as it exists and has existed?
Do you think you would have the standard of life you've known? Or anything near it? Could you have built whatever wealth you have, the business you
owned, the trade you plied ... without the UNITED States of America? Do you think Georgia or Ohio or say Delaware would command any status on the
Have you ever considered the incredible ease you have to get in your car and drive for several thousand miles in any direction, if it suits you, with
no border checks, tolls, tariffs, etc.? To have decent and safe roads to drive on that are built to basically the same standards? To know that the
fuel you purchase along the way is of a uniform quality?
Some of you buy into this "smaller government" sloganeering so completely, and yet, you don't even think for a moment what it would be like to live in
a world without the unified force that is the US. Do you think that Tennessee or Oregon would have been able to stand up to Hitler or Stalin or
You speak of "the federal government" as if it is an independent malevolent entity that moves and thinks and acts uniformly. It is not. It is
composed of individual people, people who, if they were not engaged in government at the federal level, would be at the State and local levels. The
same power-hungry and controlling psychologies ... but wait ... with no centralized authority to prevent them from or punish them for doing whatever
they wished, whenever they wished, to you.
Look at the abuses of State and local officials. It's so common it's a well-worn movie trope ... the crooked sheriff, the corrupt Governor.
Any of you that think you're going to be "freer" under an imagined libertarian wonderland are simply delusional, in my opinion.
And these idiots in Georgia are some of the biggest hypocrites of all. I happen to know a few of them personally.
You know how they made their money? These "makers" ... these captains of capitalism?
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