Lazy Politicians or Just Weaklings?


by Dave Miller

Are politicians weak or just lazy?

Barry Goldwater said: “To my mind the power possessed and exercised by the bureaucrats in Washington represents the most dangerous situation in America.  If the wrong man should come along and be elected president, we could see a dictatorship erected almost overnight, and it would stem from Congress’ failure to live up to its responsibilities.  Because the power held in these bureaucratic agencies is power given to them by the Congress which — and I must tell it like it is — was just too damned lazy to take on the job itself.

Barry calls it lazy. I was calling it weak, the lack of a backbone. But I think Barry is right. Which came first, laziness or weakness? I’d say laziness.

If you are too lazy to work out your muscles will become weak. Laziness promotes weakness.

The same goes for mental weakness. People are choosing the easy way with social benefit programs. As the choice is made to take the easy way the mind deteriorates. Each lazy choice weakens it.

Barry also said: “I have little interest in streamlining government or in making it more efficient, for I mean to reduce its size.  I do not undertake to promote welfare, for I propose to extend freedom.  My aim is not to pass laws, but to repeal them.  It is not to inaugurate new programs, but to cancel old ones that do violence to the Constitution, or that have failed their purpose, or that impose on the people an unwarranted financial burden.  I will not attempt to discover whether legislation is ‘needed’ before I have first determined whether it is constitutionally permissible.”

He’s saying reducing legislation will extend freedom. It is either consolidated power or freedom for the people. The more power surrendered the more freedom to the people. The transfer from Congress to the people, us, makes a nation healthy.

My question to congress, “Do you want a fat, lazy and weak nation?” The scary part, I’m afraid the answer would be yes. Lazy people are so much more easily controlled.

Related post: O Big Brother Thou Art.

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