Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What Mubarak's riots should mean to Americans

Riots in Egypt are the news of the day. Egyptians are fed up with their oppressive government run by president-for-life Hosni Mubarak.

What few seem to understand is that we in the United States have our own Mubarak. Most of us argue that we have a democracy or that we we have a republic. We have neither. We have a Mubarak (um government) run by an unaccountable bureaucracy. Our Mubarak is that entire federal bureaucratic government that operates autonomously and mostly outside the bounds and authority of the Constitution.

Elections change nothing. Whoever is president is merely a figurehead. Neither Congress nor the courts have the will or integrity to bring the bureaucratic government under control.

Federal workers (mostly unaccountable bureaucrats) in 2009 made an average of $123,049 in salary and benefits. Local, state and federal employees comprise approximately 10% of the workforce. Supporting that huge Mubarak (um government) hogs 25% of our Gross Domestic Product.

We Americans are in two groups -- those who pay for this giant bureaucracy, and those who demand more from the welfare/police state it runs. Far to many of us are in both of those groups.

There is much dissatisfaction in this nation and it won't take much for this general dissatisfaction to be released in widespread uncontrollable violence. Martial law will be imposed, but will be unable to control the chaos and panic.

The only action that can stop the violence is to prevent it by bringing the government in to full compliance with the US Constitution. Doing so will give free men and women the liberty that our forefathers fought for. Having their right to property restored, these free men and women must once again voluntarily use their wealth to lift up their neighbors. Charity -- not government-imposed social justice -- is how we truly help others. As a nation, we must repent and restore our sense of charity and our Christian understanding of right and wrong. We must again be responsible for ourselves, our families, and our neighbors -- not dependent on an intrusive government.

John Adams, the second president of the United States, once made the following statement:
We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a religious and moral people. It is wholly inadequate for the government of any other.
Our present bureaucratic government is antithetical to the human character expected by God and by Adams and his fellow founders.

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