Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Danger of Incrementalism

The framers of the Constitution took great pains to protect the citizens of our great country from tyranny. The Bill of Rights is a list of things the federal government cannot do. Now, little by little, the federal government is controlling more and more of our way of life. It is controlling banks, car companies, guns, student loans, health care. If we woke up tomorrow and our right to vote was abolished, we would consider a coup. But if the government tried to "fix" the election by allowing illegal aliens to vote, or allow certain people to vote multiple times, we would be less likely to question their motives. We the people would not allow a group of lawmakers to declare that they would not allow any more guns to be owned by the citizens. We could easily cry "unconstitutional." But if restriction is placed upon restriction, we could potentially say our leaders are just trying to protect us.

The health care bill does not immediately shut down insurance companies and make the government the decision-maker for all of our lives. But the eventual effect will be just that, because it is done one step at a time, slowly, after the citizens have adjusted to another government intrusion. Yes, we are truly losing our country, our freedoms, our way of life; and possibly, likely, given the current trajectory, it will be soon. God forbid.

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