Vote to avoid Europe’s fate

The Washington Times Daily - - Opinion -

The United States was founded and has flour­ished based on the dec­la­ra­tion that the Cre­ator, not gov­ern­ment, grants all peo­ple the un­alien­able right to life, lib­erty and the pur­suit of hap­pi­ness. Gov­ern­ment was cre­ated by man to se­cure these rights.

Since the na­tion’s found­ing, the fed­eral gov­ern­ment has fol­lowed a nat­u­ral ten­dency to ex­pand in size and power, while di­min­ish­ing in­di­vid­ual lib­erty. The gov­ern­ment al­most al­ways jus­ti­fies usurpa­tion of in­di­vid­ual lib­erty by say­ing it is pur­su­ing the col­lec­tive good.

While the can­cer of col­lec­tive think­ing first took hold dur­ing the Pro­gres­sive move­ment of the early 1900s, it was un­able to metas­ta­size un­til the Great De­pres­sion re­sulted in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of New Deal leg­is­la­tion (sup­pos­edly for the col­lec­tive good). For­got­ten is the fact that World War II, rather than New Deal poli­cies, led us out of eco­nomic de­pres­sion.

Since that time, in­di­vid­ual lib­erty has been as­saulted by Lyn­don John­son’s Great So­ci­ety, Jimmy Carter’s for­ma­tion of the Ed­u­ca­tion and En­ergy de­part­ments and now Pres­i­dent Obama’s de­sire to fun­da­men­tally trans­form Amer­ica.

Amer­i­cans do not have to won­der whether the sur­ren­der­ing of in­di­vid­ual lib­erty for the col­lec­tive good is ben­e­fi­cial. We need only to look at the re­sults of this ex­per­i­ment in Europe.

Has univer­sal health care worked in Europe? Has the tyranny of the green move­ment been good for its peo­ple? Have public unions acted in their best in­ter­ests? Has in­come re­dis­tri­bu­tion re­sulted in pros­per­ity?

The an­swer to all of these ques­tions is no. Euro­pean health care is rid­dled with ra­tioned care and poor ser­vice. In­dus­try is sti­fled by un­rea­son­able en­vi­ron­men­tal reg­u­la­tions. Public unions have raided the public cof­fers, caus­ing mas­sive gov­ern­ment debt and Euro­pean in­come re­dis­tri­bu­tion has all but elim­i­nated en­trepreneur­ship, dooming the Euro­pean Union to bank­ruptcy, street ri­ots and eco­nomic mis­ery.

Cur­rent U.S. poli­cies put us on track to fol­low the down­ward spi­ral of Europe, but turn­around is still pos­si­ble. Novem­ber is your time Amer­ica, so choose wisely. MIKE FERREER Ponte Ve­dra Beach, Fla.

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