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Opinion

Good intentions


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jun. 06, 2019 - 10:41 PM

Recently in the land of fruits and nuts, two events occurred that should worry us. 

San Francisco is implementing a “plan allowing the city to force some people with serious mental illness and drug addiction issues into treatment.” And further south, “The City Council of Beverly Hills, California, voted unanimously… to ban… almost all sales of tobacco products.”
 
At first blush these two campaigns may not seem threatening. How can helping people who suffer with issues be argued against? And if you aren’t a smoker and are repulsed at breathing second hand fumes you probably rejoice at a tobacco ban.
 
But both of these moves by liberal progressives hide a dark agenda. Critics say that “despite good intentions, conservatorship means stripping people of their rights to make decisions for themselves.” Does this not fly in the face of the 4th Amendment? Supreme Court Justice Brandeis stated, “The makers of the Constitution conferred the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by all civilized men—the right to be let alone.” If government is allowed to make these decisions, to what next will the authority be extended?
 
“Good intentions will always be pleaded for every assumption of authority. It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions.” – Daniel Webster
 
Liberal Socialist Democrats want control of every aspect of society. They unabashedly avow only government can decide what’s best for people. Yet the events in Venezuela cogently articulate the results of unfettered government. Jefferson foretold “If people let government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny.” While California may seem remote, its actions carry consequences across the country.
 
And this warning from a titan of industry should be remembered: “Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the American Government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” – Henry Ford
 
If citizens aren’t watchful of ALL their rights, they will soon find they have no rights. Again from Jefferson: “A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.” Government must be kept under reign to serve the people, not the other way around.
 
Ken Schaefer
Sharpsburg