The United States has become, in my opinion, extremely divided. We are no longer one Union working towards a common goal; in fact, I would argue that
we are the exact
Culturally we are divided. Politically we are divided. Philosophically we are divided. Each of us wants to pull the government in diametrically
Some people want to abolish all taxes against businesses and individuals, and they want to abolish the government departments those taxes pay for.
Doing this leaves the people that want
those things feeling like their right to choose has been violated. And it has.
But, those of us that don't want
those services, are forced to pay for them through taxation. Whether we are a business or individual. The
right to choose has been taken from us.
In either case, when you take away a person's right to choose, you are doing nothing more than breeding discontent and hatred between citizens. It
pits us against one another instead of pulling us together. The way things stand right now, we are so divided that I feel we are on the verge of
outright civil war against each other. I don't say that to be an alarmist or create fear. I say that because I often feel it myself.
I do not want to be forced to live in the United States that we have now. I want something different. I don't want to be held to the whims of people
that think they can make choices for me, or that they have the right to take my responsibilities from me. I should have the right to choose, but I do
Before you say "you can just move somewhere else." No, I can't. I do not have the finances to move to another country. Even if I did, I would just be
choosing the lesser of two evils. Which is no choice at all. The planet Earth is filling up and there is not one stretch of land anymore that is not
owned by someone--whether privately owned or owned by some government. There is nowhere for for people that want out of the system to go to find
The government is a business. Like any business that offers services, the government should be forced to compete in the market. But, this highlights
the major difference between a private business and government. The government can write laws making the purchase of their products mandatory, whether
you like it or not, you will
have your right to choose taken away.
A private business can only pander to government to get a law written that forces consumers to buy their product **COUGH car insurance COUGH**.
Personally, instead of using government force, I would rather corporations used private security. I would, most likely, get into less trouble
defending myself from contractors with guns. It's hard to fight back against government.
Either instance is pure despotism. It doesn't matter who is doing it--government or corporations. In the end, the citizen has their right to choose
taken away. For instance. Some people like public education. Some people do not like public education. In this instance though, the people that do not
like public education have had their right to choose taken away. I am forced by law to pay taxes. My taxes pay for public education. I could, instead,
use that money to send my daughters to a school of my choice. Which is what I am suggesting.
If you do not want to use the government service, you should not be taxed for it. It is, actually, an elegantly simple concept--but it tends to make
people very angry.
If you like public education, then pay for it.
If you do not like public education, then don't pay for it, take your money and send your children somewhere else.
This solution does not change anything for the people that like public education. You pay for it now--willingly--and you would pay for it after the
fact--willingly--and your kids are still going to the school that you have chosen for them. Plus, you only have to pay for a school service
. People in my current position pay for two separate school systems, the one that I get taxed to pay for, and the one I have voluntarily
chosen to send my kids to.
This logic applies to all
government services. I should have the right to choose to opt of Social Security. I should have the right to take the
money that I pay in and put it into the retirement option of my choice. Social Security should not
be abolished, because that would take away
the right to choose for the people that want
that sense of government security--whether that security is valid or invalid is irrelevant. That's
why people like government services.
But, there is also the inherent fallacy that if someone isn't forced to pay into social security they will be too stupid to invest money on their own
and become a burden on society. I would argue that, if people had the right to choose, many of us would have better options to help our family members
that are retiring. But, the argument is frivolous. Finding alternative investment options is too easy, and the majority of people are not that stupid.
This does raise the question, though, as to why we should not be responsible for the decisions we make--as opposed to making the group responsible. If
people are too stupid to invest in their retirement, and we're all forced to opt-in to Social Security because of it--then those people have already
become burdens on society.
I have a feeling, though, that many people are going to tell me why it is a good thing that many of us have our right to choose taken away. I would
like to debate this topic.
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