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

 

“Government’s job is not to get you stuff, or to get somebody else’s stuff for you. It’s to preserve your liberty.” – Rand Paul

If you listen to the Democratic candidates for President, all they pledge is different ways to get you stuff or get someone else’s stuff for you. Liberty? Well, maybe so far as it does not interfere with getting you stuff or getting someone else’s stuff for you.

Then again, enslaving people has always been a core part of the Democrats’ policy.

Voters can choose someone other than Trump next year, but those who do are literally signaling that they would choose to become a slave (perhaps more accurately a serf*) rather than have to suffer another four years with Donald Trump as President. Talk about selling your liberty cheaply.

* A serf is someone with the privileges and rights of a slave, but is owned by the government. For their own good and protection, of course. 

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There are 12 comments.

  1. EODmom Coolidge

    How did Rand Paul become a Trump supporter? He puts it in a nutshell to carry around in your pocket. Writing Trump’s campaign captions for him. 

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    • July 20, 2019, at 8:36 AM PST
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  2. Bob Thompson Member

    I like the quote. I like Rand Paul for the honesty I think he expresses in his views. His libertarianism goes too far to suit me so that I’m likely not to go all the way with him on foreign policy and how we approach immigration and border control. He helps in exercising restraint on the corporatists who think making war is their mission but I don’t want him in charge of national defense. But I like his definition of the purpose of our government and I believe he works for that objective.

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    • July 20, 2019, at 8:56 AM PST
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  3. E. Kent Golding Member

    If Rand Paul hadn’t done a prima donna act , Obamacare would have been repealed.

    I really don’t care what good things John Roberts and Rand Paul do, or what wonderful people they are.

    Preserving Obamacare is how they are defined in my mind. Not a fan of either.

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    • July 20, 2019, at 9:00 AM PST
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  4. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    As I get older, my fondness for the “liberty” rhetoric fades.

    It’s not that I’m opposed to liberty. It’s just that protection of life and property and public order are also legitimate and necessary goals of government, and excessive homage to liberty undermines these other values.

    I agree with Paul about the “getting stuff” part.

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    • July 20, 2019, at 9:37 AM PST
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  5. Bob Thompson Member

    Here is a more detailed definition and it is closer in detail to how I would like to see our federal government operate.

    American Nationism

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    • July 20, 2019, at 9:38 AM PST
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  6. Vectorman Thatcher

    Bob Thompson (View Comment):

    Here is a more detailed definition and it is closer in detail to how I would like to see our federal government operate.

    American Nationism

    Thanks for the link. It’s a well thought out post.


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    • July 20, 2019, at 9:56 AM PST
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  7. Misthiocracy grudgingly Member

    “Left Libertarians,” believe you can’t have liberty if you’re poor, because your decisions are necessarily subject to the whims of rich people. Therefore, if the government’s job is to preserve individual liberty then the government has a duty to provide everybody with enough income that their decisions cannot be coerced economically.

    “Right Libertarians,” might counter that it’s the government’s job to protect the liberty a person already enjoys, not to increase increase that person’s liberty at the expense of somebody else’s liberty. 

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    • July 20, 2019, at 10:40 AM PST
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  8. Bob Thompson Member

    Misthiocracy secretly (View Comment):

    “Left Libertarians,” believe you can’t have liberty if you’re poor, because your decisions are necessarily subject to the whims of rich people. Therefore, if the government’s job is to preserve individual liberty then the government has a duty to provide everybody with enough income that their decisions cannot be coerced economically.

    “Right Libertarians,” might counter that it’s the government’s job to protect the liberty a person already enjoys, not to increase increase that person’s liberty at the expense of somebody else’s liberty.

    There’s lots of people who don’t understand what liberty is, not just libertarians.

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    • July 20, 2019, at 10:52 AM PST
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  9. I Walton Member

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    As I get older, my fondness for the “liberty” rhetoric fades.

    It’s not that I’m opposed to liberty. It’s just that protection of life and property and public order are also legitimate and necessary goals of government, and excessive homage to liberty undermines these other values.

    I agree with Paul about the “getting stuff” part.

    They are not the responsibility of the Federal government for the most part. We have to risk the higher abstraction and distance from the folks for Defense and foreign policy, but we must recognize that the Federal level is totally abstract, in a different world from all of us and can’t be burdened with responsibilities that are beyond it’s understanding.

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    • July 20, 2019, at 3:28 PM PST
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  10. Bob Thompson Member

    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    As I get older, my fondness for the “liberty” rhetoric fades.

    It’s not that I’m opposed to liberty. It’s just that protection of life and property and public order are also legitimate and necessary goals of government, and excessive homage to liberty undermines these other values.

    I agree with Paul about the “getting stuff” part.

    I Walton (View Comment):
    They are not the responsibility of the Federal government for the most part.

    We started out with the right approach to this by having the federal government responsible for national defense and foreign policy and a federal constitutional guarantee that states must provide their citizens with a republican form of government protecting individual sovereignty. Citizens of states then would protect life and property by exercising that sovereignty. What undermines those is the constant drift of governing responsibility from the states to Washington and that needs to be reversed.

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    • July 20, 2019, at 3:41 PM PST
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  11. Barfly Member

    The progressive project is and has always been to transfer wealth, power, and status from those who produce to those who persuade.

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    • July 20, 2019, at 4:06 PM PST
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  12. Barfly Member

    Misthiocracy secretly (View Comment):

    “Left Libertarians,” believe you can’t have liberty if you’re poor, because your decisions are necessarily subject to the whims of rich people. Therefore, if the government’s job is to preserve individual liberty then the government has a duty to provide everybody with enough income that their decisions cannot be coerced economically.

    “Right Libertarians,” might counter that it’s the government’s job to protect the liberty a person already enjoys, not to increase increase that person’s liberty at the expense of somebody else’s liberty.

    Good point – there’s nothing that can’t be twisted for the purposes of the left. It really does come down to the orientation of the individual – an independent agent, or a victim relative to others? Capable, or weak? Living in God’s world, or in their own mind?

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    • July 20, 2019, at 4:20 PM PST
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