Opinion: Government has too much power
Last updated 11/17/2020 at 4:17pm
One thing that has been demonstrated beyond any doubt by both the pandemic and the recent presidential election is that government has too much power over our lives.
If government didn’t have the power to force you to close your business because a new cold virus showed up, and punish you if you ignored its demands, the American economy would still be strong. Much tragedy could have been avoided. The pandemic would have most likely run its course and be only a memory by now.
I understand the reason behind dragging it out was to prevent overwhelming hospitals with more patients than they can handle. Yet I also know this only means the virus gets to keep being used as a political excuse. Viruses don’t go away, but the problems they cause can fade if allowed to do so. COVID-19 isn’t the real problem; government power justified by the virus is.
If you ignore the shutdowns, government will send armed people after you, and your authority-worshiping neighbors will cheer for them. The crab that tries to escape the pot will be pulled back down by the others. Most humans seem to want to see others suffer the same fate they suffer.
Those who crave power over your life are getting too much of what they crave as long as they can blame the virus. They aren’t going to let it go willingly.
Speaking of power: It wouldn’t matter who the president is if the president and his minions didn’t have the power to harm — or hypothetically to help — us. There would be no incentive to either steal an election or to keep digging up apparent election fraud. It simply wouldn’t be important enough to care about.
Yet, people do want the office, and they have their reasons. The prestige of the office comes from the power it wields. This power is unconstitutional and excessive., but it is worth fighting over for people who lust for power.
The presidency isn’t the only place unethical government power over your life shows up. In fact, it is a problem at every layer of political government.
This situation is not right. What can be done about it?
Voting for a different politician to fill a particular office isn’t going to improve matters unless you believe shuffling a few cancer cells inside a tumor is a good plan. There’s got to be a better idea.
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