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No, Mr. Obama, We Don't "Belong" to the Government

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President Barack Obama made a major gaffe when he recently said that we are owned, or "belong to", government. In the United States the government is supposed to "belong to" the people instead of the other way around as he suggests.

We the people are supposed to own the government and tell it what to do. Obama and other elitists believe that government exists to control our personal lives and even tell us how much we can eat or drink.

Some government controls are necessary to prevent people from harming others. Government needs to restrict sale of some substances that can adversely affect physical or mental health or can cause people to harm others. However, there is no reason for government to regulate the size of soft drinks or treat all school children as if they had the same nutritional needs. Active children need more calories than those who spend all their time playing video games.

Too many officials at all levels of government think they are better than the rest of us and have some special right or knowledge to make decisions for us. Government officials who believe themselves superior will sometimes say "if you only knew what we know" when they really mean "if you knew only what we know."

One of my favorite movie quotes is by Glenn Ford's character in "Teahouse of the August Moon". Ford plays an American military officer helping the Japanese develop democratic government after World War II. He tells them: "Democracy is where the people have the right to make the wrong decisions."

All humans can make mistakes. I read a book review several years ago about some incredibly stupid things done by the high IQ members of Mensa. During President Lyndon Johnson's administration men who were considered to be the best and the brightest put half a million of us in Vietnam for no apparent reason other than that they didn't want to lose the war before the next election. They had no idea what victory meant and thus didn't know how to win.

President Thomas Jefferson once said: "I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves, and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion."

"It is the duty of the Patriot to protect his country from its Government."- Thomas Paine

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Armstrong 1 year, 6 months ago

Government seems to be the athiest / liberal "god" When you trash the brainwashed blues savior ( meal ticket ) you are trashing their "god". Let's hope they respond a bit better then their counterparts in the Middle East. Reason Mcwhatever you are on the mark.

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George Lippencott 1 year, 6 months ago

I think the author is right in his concern about how we relate to the government. I am deeply troubled by the meaningless and demeaning responses. The notion that such a concern should be banned is especially frightening.

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Klumma 1 year, 6 months ago

Corky. I am now certain that your affliction is not treatable.

Another senseless rant from this idiot. . . .

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Michael Shaw 1 year, 6 months ago

Google the phrase. Obama did not say it.

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tange 1 year, 6 months ago

Needlessly oppositional, remonkey (and I was defending you just the other day).

/ so many Patriots, so little protection

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beatrice 1 year, 6 months ago

Another silly blog by the trolling, blogging birther. yawn

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George Lippencott 1 year, 6 months ago

""The government is the only thing we all belong to," says a recent Barrack Obama ad. He did say that. Now, I really do not know what the President meant. I do get a sense of what a number of posters to this space think.

I went looking for my membership card. I don't have one. I do have an old draft card - does that count. Maybe the military ID card I carry?? Perhaps the driver’s license??

I am a citizen of the United States and not a member of an organization called the United States. In the view of those who wrote our founding documents we (all of us) are sovereign. The entity to which we delegated certain powers is not. It belongs to us not the other way around. I think the President knows that – unfortunately and apparently many on here do not.

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Kirk Larson 1 year, 6 months ago

I doubt he said "belong to" as in "owned by". Probably belong to as in belong to your church, belong to the Rotarians, belong to a barbershop quartet. I.e. are a part of, participate in, have a say in the activities of. Really, was that so hard?

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MarcoPogo 1 year, 6 months ago

Can we get a cleanup on Aisle 4?!?

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tolawdjk 1 year, 6 months ago

Let's see if this follows the mold...

1) radom R talking point. (check) 2) Begin arguement by randomly attaching 5 different thoughts in "degrees of Kevin Bacon" formula (check) 3) Random "favorite" military movie quote. (check) 4) Somehow bring in Vietnam and how its political situation is exactly lie today. (check) 5) Wrap up with no discernable or supported conclusion (check)

Bonus addition of some "founding fathers" or somehow "patriotic" quote, usually out of context (check)

Yep, this here appears to be traditional frontier gibberish. I've got to think that this guy's neighbors, when seeing him out working in the lawn, postpone going outside themsleves in order to avoid any kind of converstation.

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somedude20 1 year, 6 months ago

"Obama and other elitists believe that government exists to control our personal lives and even tell us how much we can eat or drink."

You mean like how the Publicans tell women what to do with their bodies? Like the Publicans saying who and who cannot get married? Isn't Bloomberg a Publican?

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autie 1 year, 6 months ago

who were considered to be the best and the brightest put half a million of us in Vietnam for no apparent reason other than that they didn't want to lose the war before the next election. They had no idea what victory meant and thus didn't know how to win.

Really? I believe those issues were a bit more complicated than 'we didn't want to lose the next election'.

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Constitutional_Malfeasance 1 year, 6 months ago

Obama and other elitists believe that government exists to control our personal lives and even tell us how much we can eat or drink.

Being the core theme of this "blog", anyone who disagrees is in deep denial or lacks the self-respect or coping skills to be offended by this administration's mindset as stated above. Of course, Obama's social agenda and social re-engineering agenda is really exciting to many out there.

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Bob Forer 1 year, 6 months ago

Proof positive that one can obtain a graduate degree and not be considered intelligent.

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Budgets_Smudgets 1 year, 6 months ago

Why does the LJW forum allow this Hutchinson weirdo to post his nonsensical tripe on a forum labeled "community perspective." ?

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