"I’m from the Government and I’m here to Kill you… But relax! First, I am going to Rob you."
If you are contented to know "government" as your Surrogate Murderer, Thief and Destroyer, read no further. As Murray Rothbard said, they are "a bandit gang writ large." The 20th Century saw more Death by Government than any other so far. The purpose of this article is to warn against our repeating or exceeding that record. Eternal Vigilance requires more than a healthy dose of skepticism — it requires a jaundiced eye. But you may need to become more sensitive to pink or red than yellow.
The word "Thief" in the verse I parodied substituting "government" above [John 10:10 KJV] would appear to be one Satan or the Devil within the context of that verse. When government imitates him the comparison is apt. In fact, if you read a little further over in the book of Revelation you will find that its predictions for the Apocalypse include many references to a league between Beelzebub and some sort of one-world government. If the Devil is in the details, surely he is busy in the operations of corrupt governments all over the world. But that leaves us no excuse to cooperate with him or go along willingly. "Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God."~ Thomas Jefferson
Socialistic governments are grounded in Theft. It’s what they do:
From each according to his ability to each according to his need. ~ Karl Marx
The more they steal the more dangerous they become. Sooner or later they get to the killing and destroying phases.
If you still want to pretend government is a necessary evil you should at least recognize that it is more precisely described as being somewhere on a continuum between two bad options:
Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. ~ George Washington
You can make believe it is reason and eloquence, or even salesmanship, if you like. But in the end you will feel the difference. Considering the last election it is painfully obvious that the American people fall prey to smooth talkers with zero substance from both wings of the National Socialist Party. We are most vulnerable when we are politically and economically illiterate.
If you "work" in "government service" without question, I cannot think of a better way to describe you than to say you are a Slave. A reading of the Government Code of Ethics may help you to start sorting things out. Put down the doughnut and back away from the computer. If your position is being used to enable more government theft, own up to it and quit, or work diligently to expose and eliminate the corruption. Become a whistle blower. The GAO says we are missing Trillions. Are you part of the problem or part of the solution?
Am I being uncharitable toward the Infestation of our capitol city? A little harsh perhaps?
The Whisky Rebellion was put down in order to flex the muscles of the new federal government that was Never meant to have power Over the States. Hamilton was apparently the orchestrator. After that came the Trail of Tears. I have heard that there is one  treaty that the US Government kept with the Native Americans. I’ll believe that one when I see it. Honest Abe fomented the War of Northern Aggression — which started with more than one episode of firing on unarmed Northern civilians. Later came such sad episodes as Japanese Internment; the Atomic Bombs that vaporized Japanese civilians; Ruby Ridge and Waco, and an endless stream of phony wars — at least since 1812. Does anyone remember the Tuskegee Experiment? Of course that was then, and the FDA incest with Big Pharma is now. Now the government is benevolent — and they have incessant television ads to help us all believe it.
Our real history has many tawdry details — almost none of which reaches the modern classroom — unless it is colored by dyed-in-the-wool collectivist/statists. If we did anything "bad" in the past they will offer a collectivist/statist explanation and a collectivist/statist way of avoiding it in the future. Governments who are supposed to protect and defend, keep coming up with more efficient ways to kill their own people, as well as the less prepared among the other nations of the world. If the Iraqis had already possessed deployed "WMDs" it is very doubtful that George the Brave II would have considered attacking them.
Calling theft "Wealth Redistribution" can never make it right.
Q: Where does wealth come from?
A: Not Ever from government!
You say: “There are persons who have no money,” and you turn to the law. But the law is not a breast that fills itself with milk. Nor are the lacteal veins of the law supplied with milk from a source outside the society. Nothing can enter the public treasury for the benefit of one citizen or one class unless other citizens and other classes have been forced to send it in. If every person draws from the treasury the amount that he has put in it, it is true that the law then plunders nobody. But this procedure does nothing for the persons who have no money. It does not promote equality of income. The law can be an instrument of equalization only as it takes from some persons and gives to other persons. When the law does this, it is an instrument of plunder.
With this in mind, examine the protective tariffs, subsidies, guaranteed profits, guaranteed jobs, relief and welfare schemes, public education, progressive taxation, free credit, and public works. You will find that they are always based on legal plunder, organized injustice. ~ Frédéric Bastiat in The Law
Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. ~ Frédéric Bastiat in Government
The Bible has many references to "thieves," which made me think of repeating an exercise I have often done with other words. I took the word "thief" and searched the familiar King James Version for more references that could aptly describe "government." I think I may have found a pattern.
Here are a few more quotes:
If a man shall deliver unto his neighbour money or stuff to keep [as in a government "lockbox"] and it be stolen out of the man’s house ["appropriated"]; if the thief be found [or if the government gets caught] let him pay double. ~ Exodus 22:7
If the thief be not found, then the master of the house shall be brought unto the judges, to see whether he have put his hand unto his neighbour’s goods. ~ Exodus 22:7—9 [This one makes me think of all the most recent violations of a fiduciary nature within this federal government — and what ought to be done to rectify the situation. Now all we need is an honest judge who is not biased toward the Feds. Has the government put its hand on your goods by printing fiat money and colluding with a fractional reserve banking system?]
Whoso is partner with a thief hateth his own soul: ~ Proverbs 29:24a [Does this speak of government employment? Non-essential government workers? Unconstitutional government workers? Monies spent on subcontractors who are doing tasks not authorized by law? Bailout recipients? Monies channeled to benefit lobbyists or campaign donors? Bankers who print "money" with nothing to back it? What about the perversion of eminent domain by the courts?]
As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets. — Jeremiah 2:26 [This example is a direct Biblical comparison between corrupt government and a "thief." But our government servants are no longer ashamed for the most part — they are brazen — although they occasionally feign embarrassment when caught red-handed.]
But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. — Matthew 24:43 [If we were truly informed and vigilant would we be more aware of the government’s thefts and their magnitude? I think so.]
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. ~ John 10:1 [In a broad sense, this verse made me think of illegitimate power grabs or "usurpations" so prevalent in the current revision of American government.]
This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief… ~ John 12:6 b [Spoken of Judas, this one made me think of Bill Clinton whenever he talked about feeling someone else’s pain. But it seems to apply well to any disingenuous thief who has taken on the mantle of government service. Some of them are very eloquent thieves — more slippery than greased Teflon.]
The Bible contains many references to law, justice, politics and money — all good word searches for further study — all good reference points for measuring government performance. The Founders knew the Bible very well and referred to it often. Under Jefferson’s guidance it was used as a textbook in the DC schools.
…when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn. ~ Proverbs 29:2b
He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God. And he shall be as the light of the morning, when the sun riseth, even a morning without clouds; as the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain. ~ II Samuel 23:3b—4 [the Last Words of David]
The fear of God in the context above has to involve the protection of God-given rights and equality before the law for all. It could never involve stealing from one citizen to benefit another who has not earned it. Otherwise "Thou Shalt Not Steal" would not have universal application. It never did have universal appeal.
It has been quite some time apparently, since the American People have put the Fear of God into their Servants. It would appear we now punish ourselves by reelecting them.
Like it or not, there has been no effective way to rein in the federal government since they abandoned the lawful money provisions of the Constitution. This is partially because all three Branches are in Collusion. They have a book full of blank checks drawn on your account. These abuses of the monetary authorities are the modi operandi of the Grandest Financial Crimes in history — now being perpetrated flagrantly, publicly and in brazen defiance of every standard of morality and ethics. Estimates of unfunded future government obligations now range in the tens of trillions.
Do the Math if you can. Maybe the Devil will have to play catch-up.
Bill Huff [send him mail] is a Classical Libertarian and proprietor of LEXREX.com and JamTheCulture.com; a former public school music teacher turned home schooling advocate; a US Navy veteran, and host of WarIsARacket.com. He is available as a guest lecturer or for interviews on talk radio.