“A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.” (Edmund Burke) According to Liz Dodd’s “My Turn” article from the Wednesday’s Empire, we should embrace our government. Also in her article, Dodds extols the virtue of bringing your own bags to the store. Fine, I have no problem with that — go for it. What I do object to is her “love letter” to the government begging it to help her become a better person. Really? Does she not understand that the government is made up of flawed humans, who in time become corrupt and greedy from their power? Dodds also pleaded with the local government to “rescind this silly plastic bag tax voter’s initiative,” and was disappointed when the Assembly didn’t flat-out pass the initiative without the people’s input. I wonder how Dodds would feel if the government passed a law she didn’t agree with, like forcing everyone to have a gun in their home and practice shooting it once a week.
Dodds believes that we should welcome the government into our lives. Her following statement truly made me apoplectic; “When we Americans set ourselves off against our government, we abdicate the main means we possess of controlling our own fate.” Actually, its quite the opposite. Dodds might do well to heed the words of George Washington; “Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.