Why Do We Turn Our Trust and Lives Over to Government?

Who would you turn to if you needed to hand your life, your decisions, etc. over to someone else? It’s a question we all need to face, particularly as we get older because at some point we may have to make that decision.

I think most of us would want someone we could trust, someone who was smart, and someone who could make decisions based on experience and common sense. In my case, I would probably want my kids or my husband. I know they would make good decisions for me and in my best interest.

Shift your thinking now. Think about our government, all levels. Town, City, County, State, National. Ask yourself this question. Is there ANYONE at any of those levels that you would trust to make decisions for you if you couldn’t? Forget about party. Forget about title. Pick a person you would trust to make decisions for you. I’ll wait.

I will bet you can’t. Yet, every day, we watch people look to government to solve their problems and run their lives. And, it seems that every day, we see government take over more of those decisions. It’s gotten to the point where they are intruding on the most personal of areas, your health.

This is not what the founders intended. They had just broken away from a country where one person, the King or Queen, decided EVERYTHING in your life, including who you married, where you lived, if you were educated, EVERYTHING. The Founders wanted each person to make decisions for themselves and wanted government out of the equation. Somehow we have forgotten that.

I’m not going to go into why or how we got here. That is a history lesson that would take many volumes. I’m going to ask WHY we seem so willing to hand over all the decision making to someone in government.

Going back to the qualities that we want in someone who would have to make decisions for us, we wanted trustworthy, smart, experienced, and sensible.

I don’t know about you, but I am going to have to rack my brain to come up with someone who fits that description.

Trustworthy: When someone is trustworthy, you know they will tell you the truth. They will share information with you freely and won’t hide anything. You can be sure a trustworthy person won’t steal from you. Basically, a trustworthy person can be counted on to do the right thing.

When I was young, I thought the government, or most of it, was trustworthy. If they thought we needed to fight a war, they had a good reason and there were no other options. When we paid taxes, paid social security, we thought our money went to programs that would protect our country and to projects that were good for all of us. We thought they would keep social security there for us when we got old.

Boy was I wrong.

Our government is so out of control that we can’t even trust them to stay within their means. They overspend income and then just accrue debt like Hunter Biden in a whorehouse. Has there EVER been one politician who we could trust with our money? Sadly, no. There might have been one or two who tried to curb spending, but even they couldn’t manage the National debt and they were usually out numbered by the drunken sailors. And let’s not even talk about the Social Security lock box or the money given to illegals and those who choose not to work. When one is trying to buy votes, illegals and the perpetually lazy who are getting freebies are higher on the priority list than us old geezers who paid into Social Security all these years.

As for sending our young people to war, it seems that the trust doesn’t work there either. Although World War II was about a real threat, everything since then seems to have been about funding the military industrial complex. After all, when the elite saw how much war fueled strong economy and more riches for them, it became a simple equation. Find a “threat,” sell it to the people, send the soldiers, spend lots of money. So, all those wars started to stop Communism, to stop terrorism, to spread Democracy; all seem to be a waste of blood and treasure. No trust there.

While we are here, it’s important that you know that my father was lifetime military and spent part of his career in the Pentagon in highly classified areas. I’m sure he had to participate in those wars. I trusted my father implicitly. But he, like many soldiers, had no say in whether we went to war, he just had to make sure he protected our military and our country. I believe that many of the people that have to carry out these actions are trustworthy, good people. But they are not the ones making the decisions.

And while we are talking “trust” can we trust some of the agencies we had trusted in the past to defend our rights or give us accurate health information? FBI? NSA? CIA? CDC? NIH?( Well, maybe not the CIA. Did we ever really trust them? And maybe not the NSA. They have always been kind of shady too.)

So, eliminate trustworthy. I can’t think of ONE trustworthy individual in government, regardless of party.

Smart/Experienced: Before we talk about smart, we had better define what that means. What does it mean to be smart? Does it mean one has a high IQ? Does it mean someone has a bunch of degrees? ( I mean, seriously, DR Jill Biden? Give me an effing break.) Some of the dumbest people I know have fancy degrees. Many of these degree hoarders spend their lives in privileged atmospheres of fancy Universities, never actually working in their fields, just studying what it might be like to work in those fields. They create theories, philosophies, and societal constructs that are more fantastic than any fairy tale, and just as ineffective in real life. Somehow, these smart people end up in government positions where they can’t solve problems but are quite skilled at making problems worse and more costly. They call themselves “experts” and yet it seems like they can never solve one single problem in their field. Why? Because they have never actually had a single day of work in that field. I can think of so many examples in power now. I know you can too. (By the way, the king of all examples of a “smart person” who can’t think his way out of a paper bag is our appointed current resident of the White House. )

Eliminate smart and experienced because the only thing these people are smart and experienced in is how to cover their ass and/or get re-elected.

Sensible: Surely, the people we elect to make decisions for us are sensible, right? They know what is practical and what is not, right? Certainly the people in government agencies are level headed and practical. They don’t think up crazy stuff, right? (I don’t know about you, but I can’t even type that without laughing and shaking my head.) I mean, they don’t send billions to a country that has sworn to wipe us off the face of the earth and is the number one sponsor of terrorism, do they? They don’t let millions of illegals in at the southern border while we have so many who live in poverty here? They don’t turn away true refugees from a Communist dicatorship just because they want freedom and not freebies and many not vote the way they want?They don’t harass our population to get an untested, unapproved, dangerous vaccine while we allow untested, unvaccinated people in at the border? They don’t spend so far above what we take in that we will be paying it off for generations, if ever?

And, they certainly don’t work to get rid of the police and law enforcement, the real ones not the swampy deep state critters, who protect us, do they?

None of that would be sensible. Or smart for that matter. And it is exactly what they do.

So, with all this being said, why do so many people think that those in government are so smart that they can tell us how to live our lives, how to raise our children, what medical treatment to get, and what to say online?

You know why? Because at the end of the day, we, the people, have just gotten lazy. We have let them take over these parts of our lives. We have allowed government to grow beyond what it was intended. And somehow we think they know and want what is best for us. As Mark Levin says, it is a Leviathan. And it has one interest. Self interest.

But, for some, if the government just keeps sending the checks, the government can tell them what to do.

We have forgotten that they serve with the “consent of the people. ” Maybe it’s time we remembered that and help them remember too. Show up at meetings. Read what they write. Know which bills they pass. Know your rights. Participate.

Because frankly, I wouldn’t trust most of these people to water my plants, much less make decisions for me. They are not trustworthy, smart, experienced or sensible. Actually, most of them are straight up losers. And they’ve got to get out of our lives.

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I am a 67 year old runner and conservative. I taught for 31 years and retired a few years back. In my life, I have coached and judged gymnastics, coached softball, and raised two amazing kids.

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