Originally Posted by Wormhole
Putting you into an institution would be a great start.
Yes. Statists have always imprisoned their opposition, except for those who simply slaughter millions of them. So which of these above goals have your D friends "achieved"?
Your question indicates a fundamental misunderstanding of government's role. Unlike you Worm, I don't want or expect "achievement" from government. Free men and women
achieve success through exercising their free will. I don't care if they're Rs or Ds - I need government to get the hell out of my way.
Government has a purpose, but it's a beast that must be kept on a short leash. I do not live to serve government, but it's a necessary evil that exists to perform certain finite enumerated duties, as specified in our Constitution. Sixteen of them are delegated to Congress. You can look them up yourself.This is what I need from government:
- The freedom to succeed, and the freedom to fail.
- Prevent the use of illegal force compelling me to purchase or sell products (Obamacare???)
- Preserve my individual right to property, including protecting the country from assholes who want to destroy it in the name of whatever God they happen to worship this week
- Provide courts for the settlement of honest disputes, and for the lawful punishment of criminals
- To lend me a hand in time of need, not carry me around in perpetuity like a mewling infant
I want a government that allows the kind of freedom that led to us producing half of the world's GDP
at the turn of the last century. The kind of freedom that inspired such men as:
let's not forget
Oh, but shouldn't government provide massive institutions and charity for everyone who wants it?
Who is this guy?
Let's talk about him.
An only child with no real skill, lacking even a high school education, he began a little business. It failed. He built another. It failed too. He persisted, and eventually enjoyed enough success to build a small factory, then a big factory, finally a world-class factory, in the middle of nowhere. To grow his business, he needed to hire people - lots of people - so he built a city around it, with stately brick homes for his workers and schools for their children. He built a public transportation system. He built a beautiful hotel. He built parks and gardens and recreational facilities, including what is now a world-class amusement park.
Now phenomenally successful, in his later years, he and his wife established a trust that would build and support a private, philanthropic K-12 boarding school for poor children - I mean really, really poor children - for which they pay nothing, and who graduate with all the skills they need to do basically anything they set their minds to. That was his idea - he succeeded beyond measure, and sought to help others do the same. Not by giving them a handout, not by guaranteeing them the perpetual crumbs of a minimum wage, but by inspiring young men and women to be great leaders like himself.
He did this one hundred years ago. There was no great society. There was no Federal Reserve. There was no income tax.
He did this with zero support from government. Zero.
The school exists today. It's still growing, yet remains completely funded through his endowments and income from the park. It takes none of your tax money. Like me, the school expects nothing
from government, other than the protections ensuring individual freedom and liberty that I enumerated above.It is one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
I challenge any sentient person to visit this place and not be moved to tears for this one tiny example of what was possible before the US embarked on its long slog toward the destruction it now faces at the hands of collectivist idiots. It did not come from government. It could
not. Government could not ever produce such beauty. It can only destroy it by crushing the human spirit that inspires great men like these.
Originally Posted by Wormhole
please list one of your favorite Republican achievement like I asked, please, please.
I do not expect you to understand it Wormhole, since you don't seem to grasp that it's the human mind that inspires success and implements achievement to the betterment of themselves, their families, their community, and by extension, the world. Individuals - not
government. The government can only enslave, through the use of force, the threat of jail, or the appropriation of labor. It has no mind. It's a mindless beast. It can "achieve" nothing.
Unfortunately, you and millions of others have grown up enjoying the fruits of this success, and now expect government to do everything including wiping your own miserable ass.This is your view of government, Worm:
And that's you, on your knees, begging: please... please... please.