A Democracy in Crisis

Can the country long survive an ever-growing government?

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As I read this, what comes to mind is "The Life of Julia," that animated video created by the Obama campaign last fall. In it, the Obama campaign celebrates a benign, paternal state taking care of "Julia" – a metaphor for all women – with well-intentioned government support from cradle to grave. Julia benefits from government-provided Pell grants and tax credits and student loans; she stays on her parents' health insurance and gets free birth control under Obamacare; she sues for equal pay, hires employees as a result of a Small Business Administration loan, and retires happily on Social Security and Medicare. There is no mention of her joining a church, or going on vacation, or enjoying a hobby; it's as if the government is the "sole agent and only arbiter" of her happiness.

"Such a power does not destroy," wrote de Tocqueville, "but it prevents existence; it does not tyrannize, but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes and stupefies a people, till each nation is reduced to be nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd."

Wow. I'd say we're in trouble.

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