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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

TMM: Government Shut-Down

Why, exactly, is the government shut-down a bad thing?
Apparently, the NSA is considered "essential," and so it is not being shut-down. So really, the lamentable thing about this government shutdown is that it doesn't go far enough. Alternatively, that whoever decided on "essentials" didn't have the best of all priorities. If we could just get the government to stay shut down--in particular, if we could get the "non-essential" (read: bureaucratic), then maybe, just maybe, we will realize how worthless the vast majority of it is. And if the people are forced to become self-reliant for a change, maybe they will also be forced to adopt some of the other virtues which have been in disuse and decline for the last few decades.

If men regained these lost virtues, government shut-downs would not likely take-place: and they would seem far less catastrophic if/when they did. A more virtuous nation would be able to get by with a smaller government; men who obey the big rules don't need to be lead around by the little rules.

Nor, for that matter, would they need the government to support them in hard times if they had the generosity to support each other in their communities. Government interference tends to destroy this generosity, and the virtue of charity which underlies it.

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