Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day – The Government’s Role

 

It is amazing how many people think that the government’s role is to give them what they want by overriding what other people want. – Thomas Sowell

More Sowell food for thought.

This quote seems particularly appropriate given that the socialists of the Democrat Party, as exemplified by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, seem to be in full gear. The New Green Deal is one example: is Ocasio-Cortez’s assertion, that if we who fail to see global warming as a crisis fail to offer solutions that means she “is the boss.” (Oh lady. You and what army? Talk about playing with fire by people who do not know fire is hot.)

We know where giving people what they want by overriding what other people want ends? In the death camps of Nazi Germany, the GuLags of Soviet Russia, and the colectivos of Venezuela. And yet many people who think themselves the smartest person in the room insist of persisting in the stupidity of giving people what they want by overriding what other people want.

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  1. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Well they can’t have my stuff! 

    • #1
    • February 26, 2019, at 2:08 PM PST
    • 6 likes
  2. Arahant Member

    Seawriter: (Oh lady. You and what army? Talk about playing with fire by people who do not know fire is hot.) 

    Amen to that!

    • #2
    • February 26, 2019, at 2:10 PM PST
    • 7 likes
  3. Saint Augustine Member

    Seawriter:

    More Sowell food for thought.

    Only the best food from that source.

    • #3
    • February 26, 2019, at 2:41 PM PST
    • 10 likes
  4. Painter Jean Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Well they can’t have my stuff!

    Oh, I wish that was true, Susan, but if the Left takes the reins of government, plan on the State deciding whether or not your stuff is really yours (“you didn’t build that…”), and determining how much of that stuff you really need. They will do what justice requires, namely, that your stuff be given to others who don’t have your unfair advantages in life.

    • #4
    • February 26, 2019, at 5:04 PM PST
    • 6 likes
  5. TBA Coolidge
    TBA

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    Seawriter:

    More Sowell food for thought.

    Only the best food from that source.

    Long may we sup on his wisdom. 

    • #5
    • February 26, 2019, at 5:16 PM PST
    • 5 likes
  6. Seawriter Member
    Seawriter

    Painter Jean (View Comment):
    Oh, I wish that was true, Susan, but if the Left takes the reins of government, plan on the State deciding whether or not your stuff is really yours (“you didn’t build that…”), and determining how much of that stuff you really need.

    They can try.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    We have permission to oppose them.

    • #6
    • February 26, 2019, at 5:35 PM PST
    • 8 likes
  7. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Seawriter (View Comment):
    We have permission to oppose them

    They’ll have to get past my Glock.

    • #7
    • February 26, 2019, at 6:21 PM PST
    • 6 likes
  8. Painter Jean Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):
    We have permission to oppose them

    They’ll have to get past my Glock.

    You go, girl!!

    • #8
    • February 26, 2019, at 9:15 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  9. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Well they can’t have my stuff!

    There is your mistake. It is not yours. It belongs to the state to appropriate as it seems fit.

    • #9
    • February 27, 2019, at 4:02 AM PST
    • 2 likes
  10. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):
    We have permission to oppose them

    They’ll have to get past my Glock.

    That will only be a minor annoyance. You really planning to shoot police officers?

    • #10
    • February 27, 2019, at 4:03 AM PST
    • 2 likes
  11. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Painter Jean (View Comment):
    Oh, I wish that was true, Susan, but if the Left takes the reins of government, plan on the State deciding whether or not your stuff is really yours (“you didn’t build that…”), and determining how much of that stuff you really need.

    They can try.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    We have permission to oppose them.

    Words, written by old dead white men. Words we seldom do more than pay lip service too nowadays.

    • #11
    • February 27, 2019, at 4:05 AM PST
    • 1 like
  12. Pony Convertible Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Well they can’t have my stuff!

    They’re not asking for your stuff. Just taking it.

    • #12
    • February 27, 2019, at 4:54 AM PST
    • 4 likes
  13. Seawriter Member
    Seawriter

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Painter Jean (View Comment):
    Oh, I wish that was true, Susan, but if the Left takes the reins of government, plan on the State deciding whether or not your stuff is really yours (“you didn’t build that…”), and determining how much of that stuff you really need.

    They can try.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    We have permission to oppose them.

    Words, written by old dead white men. Words we seldom do more than pay lip service too nowadays.

    True enough, but in Texas we do more than pay lip service. We believe in our tusks. Long live freedom and damn the ideologies.

     

    • #13
    • February 27, 2019, at 4:59 AM PST
    • 8 likes
  14. JamesSalerno Coolidge

    If Thomas Sowell quotes were inserted into fortune cookies, we would no longer need public schools.

    • #14
    • February 27, 2019, at 10:55 AM PST
    • 11 likes
  15. Henry Castaigne Member

    JamesSalerno (View Comment):

    If Thomas Sowell quotes were inserted into fortune cookies, we would no longer need public schools.

    They would effectively counteract public schools.

    • #15
    • February 27, 2019, at 12:23 PM PST
    • 4 likes
  16. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Painter Jean (View Comment):
    Oh, I wish that was true, Susan, but if the Left takes the reins of government, plan on the State deciding whether or not your stuff is really yours (“you didn’t build that…”), and determining how much of that stuff you really need.

    They can try.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    We have permission to oppose them.

    Words, written by old dead white men. Words we seldom do more than pay lip service too nowadays.

    True enough, but in Texas we do more than pay lip service. We believe in our tusks. Long live freedom and damn the ideologies.

    Unfortunately Texas does not rule the country, DC does.

     

    • #16
    • February 27, 2019, at 1:18 PM PST
    • 2 likes
  17. Seawriter Member
    Seawriter

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):

    Painter Jean (View Comment):
    Oh, I wish that was true, Susan, but if the Left takes the reins of government, plan on the State deciding whether or not your stuff is really yours (“you didn’t build that…”), and determining how much of that stuff you really need.

    They can try.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

    We have permission to oppose them.

    Words, written by old dead white men. Words we seldom do more than pay lip service too nowadays.

    True enough, but in Texas we do more than pay lip service. We believe in our tusks. Long live freedom and damn the ideologies.

    Unfortunately Texas does not rule the country, DC does.

    We’ve been a Republic before. Another national government tried to stop it, too.

    • #17
    • February 27, 2019, at 2:04 PM PST
    • 6 likes
  18. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge

    Fake John/Jane Galt (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Seawriter (View Comment):
    We have permission to oppose them

    They’ll have to get past my Glock.

    That will only be a minor annoyance. You really planning to shoot police officers?

    Police officers? How quaint… In about two years, if guns are to be surrendered, drones will be the culprits attempting to disarm us.

    • #18
    • February 27, 2019, at 2:56 PM PST
    • 4 likes

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