Your View: America’s decline related to growth of government

Mike Calpino – Libertarian Candidate for Wicomico County Council District 2

A recent poll said more than two-thirds of Americans believe our great country is in decline. If we look honestly, we can see why.

We are the largest debtor nation in the world; corruption is endemic among our political class; our largest corporations and institutions are rife with fraud; and immorality is in on the ascent.

Anyone who has read history knows what precedes the fall of great civilizations. We still live in a republic, where we all have a say. We need not go silently into that good night.

The speed of our decline is inversely proportional to our freedom. A society of free individuals produces morality, prosperity and growth. That was the society our founders envisioned. They developed a government based on libertarian principles; it was responsible for the meteoric rise of the United States.

One hundred years ago, “we the people” began to trade the ideals of the Declaration of Independence for the belief that government’s job is to solve problems and meet needs. This allowed politicians to grow government, take the products of our hard work and limit our freedom, all the while telling us it was for our own good.

The rapidity of our decline is directly related to the growth of government. To reverse it, we need to take responsibility for our lives and elect people who believe in the founders’ vision of limited government — and have the courage to act on it.

We have the power; we just need to use it.

Author: AKA John Galt

A small business owner, a tea party organizer, a son, father and husband who is not willing to sell out the future lives of his children.

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