John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey

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Another Good Post From jakebe...

[O]ne of the surprisingly good things to come out of the election results is we can stop expecting the government to be there for us, to protect us, to make sure we're well taken care of and that our interests are going to be taken to heart. We *know* that the Bush administration has an agenda that leaves a little under half the country (possibly more, people who voted for Bush are still going to be hurt by his policies) out in the cold. And with that knowledge comes a freedom and responsibility to look out for ourselves, our rights, and our fellow man. The government isn't going to help the elderly or poor; it's up to us to do it. We can *still* be democracy in action and good, decent Americans, by stepping up to the plate and doing whatever it is life brings us to do.

Very much YES. But why wait until now to start doing that? "The state" has always been at best a necessary evil, and in many cases the "necessary" part wasn't true either. (How many dictatorships have basically had the guy at the top be a leech who did nothing but get fat on the toil of his subjects, for instance?)

The government never really was going to help the elderly or poor, it just said it was to get the populace to accept another tax hike. If you want the elderly or poor to be helped, then get out there and DO it! (For myself, I want tigers to keep on existing, so that's where I funnel my charitable works. I figure the elderly and the poor have got other folks watching their backs.)

Live a good life, for yourself, about yourself, and in spite of the government. Obey the law, pay your taxes, and do your best to vote the bums out. But take it from a lifetime inmate of Washington, the previous administration wasn't any less evil than the current one, they just had better P.R.

-The Gneech
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