I have seen the ‘enemy …’

A bumper sticker in downtown Amarillo today had the following message: “I love my country, it’s the government I’m afraid of.”

Let us ponder that one.

We live in a representative democracy. That means a majority — or often times, a plurality — of Americans elect the people who represent them in government.

I gather from the bumper sticker that the owner of the vehicle adorned by the bumper sticker doesn’t support the actions of the government. I don’t what they would be, since I didn’t meet this individual to discuss the issues. But a republic such as ours allows us the opportunity to elect the people we want to run our government.

Therefore, our government reflects the will of most of those who bother to vote. Sure, it’s often just a majority of a minority that decides these things, and elects these people. But they’re our leaders, nonetheless.

So, what is it about our government that frightens this person?

Whoever he or she is ought to run for public office at the earliest possible moment.

0 thoughts on “I have seen the ‘enemy …’”

  1. Maybe Socialism is scary for some of us. Everyone is entitled to their vote and their opinion. You can be patriotic without agreeing with the direction of the current government.

  2. Dear John,

    James Madison (one of the United States 'founding fathers' once wrote in The Federalist papers:

    “If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”

    I think this is exactly what the man with the bumpersticker tries to say. Men are no angels. Angels are not to govern men…

    Yours truly, your Dutch friend (who is still reading your blog!)

    Coen van Rooyen

  3. perhaps the individual is afraid of the potential tyrannical juggernaut that our central government could easily become.

    perhaps he (or she) is familiar with human nature, and has observed that civilizations historically gravitate toward oppressive oligarchy.

    perhaps the bumper sticker is an expression that casts doubt on the ability of the “majority” or “plurality” to choose the proper direction of the greatest, most powerful nation on this earth. the mob is not always correct.

  4. I wouldn't call this person the “enemy” just because they don't agree with how things are run on “You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours hill…” You state your opinon all the time… people who totally disagree with you are still your friends, and would never call you an “enemy” because you stated what you believe!
    I am sure this person voted too.If you don't vote you can't gripe,it's kosher.
    Personally,I too am afraid of what the government is doing. Sign me up for a bumper sticker!

  5. I won't get into the “lesser of two evils” argument here. I believe that I don't have to vote to be able to have a say. I am a American after all.

    When you look at the corruption among humanity and then try to figure out which person is not going to screw you over the most, I can see how one would be afraid of the government. Honest and hardworking people are trying to figure out to survive while the people that are elected into office seem to be trying to figure out how to line their own pockets better. There is no concern for the American citizen anymore. When I find someone who is running for office that I believe is going to do their best to build up this country then I will vote for them. As of right now it seems that the hardworking people are getting the raw end, whether from the elected people or from the bums who don't want to pull their weight and are sponging off the government.

    Personally I think if you put a few frugal (conservative) housewives into the oval office then we could solve a lot of the issues AND have the respect of the American people! Not everyone would be happy but there would be a balanced budget.

    Ouida Gabriel Garcia

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