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Government Empowers the Community.

October 20, 2010

Danny Panzella
October 20th 2010

Last night I attended The 2010 Staten Island Women’s Groups Candidate Forum at the Staaten on the North Shore of Staten Island. Many of this years candidates and incumbents were in attendance, yet there was not one Republican. I found this to be very disheartening, not even Nicole Malliotakis showed up. It started me thinking about the divide and conquer tactics of party politics. You have the two major red and blue teams, these are the teams the media focuses on, the only teams that people take seriously. Yet those other parties had to work harder just for the chance to run to serve as a representative. I have found over the course of this campaign, while third party candidates especially first timers are not always as polished presenters, they are generally more idealistic and passionate about righteousness. This is the very reason I strongly believe in term limits. Serve, but before you become corrupted, jaded or lose your effectiveness get out. I saw a lot of political posturing, insincerity and downright nastiness at this forum. Certain incumbents that I had respect for though I disagree with their positions have lost all my respect.

I spoke last night about small government, and a man stood up and said, “My Parents and I have lived off public assistance and public housing for years, I don’t want to lose that.” My answer to that is, for the government to give you something, they have to take it from someone else.  The government doesn’t own anything. The people own everything. When the government needs to do something, it has to tax the people to pay for it. The fathers understood property rights. Your body is your property, your time is your property and anything you choose to trade for your time: wages, land, possessions are YOUR property.  The founders forbid the government from taxing the people except in very few specific cases.

Government centralizes power by seeing what needs the community has, taxing the people and then providing a substandard service to attempt to fill that need; creating dependency on that governing body. That is why they use the divide and conquer of “Red team vs. Blue team.” The red team will vote away the rights of the Blue team and vice versa in spite of The Constitution out of fear that the other team will oppress them. Michael McMahon told the crowd “the bad people” are going to vote so you better vote too. Who are the bad people? People that disagree with McMahons solutions to societies problems? Republicans? Tea partiers? These are people who have the same concerns as anyone else. They want to protect their families, communities and country, they just have a different idea of how to do it. Both sides of the aisle are fooled into warring with each other while the elite political class continues to oppress both groups. It is time for both sides to unite on their commonalities, protect each others rights even when they disagree on solutions. This quote from Martin Niemöller makes the point poignantly.

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
When they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
When they came for the trade unionists,
I did not speak out;
I was not a trade unionist.
When they came for the Jews,
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out.

Someone asked me last night what a Libertarian is. A person that is unwilling to compromise the rights of one person to give rights to another. A libertarian knows that for the rights of the community to be preserved you must jealously guard the rights of the individual. That is why the Constitution is so vitally important. The Bill of rights protects those basic human and civil rights so that 51% of the population CANNOT oppress 49%.

One women made the comment that if we have smaller government we will go back to the days of slavery. The middle class on the left has been sold the lie that Constitutionalists are racist, because the founding fathers owned slaves. There is no defense for slavery. It is reprehensible that the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights was not interpreted correctly to include minorities and women in its definitions. That was wrong. It should not have had to take a Constitutional amendment to end slavery and give women equal protection. The founders wrote those protections into the bill of rights and that should have been adhered to from day one. The bottom line is that the ultimate expression of progressivism is totalitarianism. Through out history that has proved to be true.

The founders knew if you give the government an inch it will consume the continent. “Government is like fire, a dangerous servant and a fearful master.” said George Washington. Think about that for a moment, it is a dangerous servant. You have to watch it every moment because it cant be trusted. And a fearful master that will oppress you the moment you permit it.

So how can government empower the community, when it is the community that has the power to begin with? Why have we surrendered our power to the government only to allow them to sell it back to us through subsidies and taxation?

Fear. Fear that the poor will starve. Fear that the disabled will not be cared for. These are the fears that both parties perpetuate to keep you voting against the other team. I can say with full confidence that if we shrunk government, put the power and tax dollars back in the hands of the women in that room last night; the hungry would be fed and the disabled cared for. How much more could you do for charity if you had 20% -40% more of your paycheck in your pocket? Would you start a charity? Would you give more to those less fortunate than you? Does the government really need to put a gun to your head to force you to help your neighbor?

The best way the government can empower the community is to obey the Constitution, surrendering its power back to its rightful owner, We The People.

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