The trend these days seems to be to look to the East for a solution to life’s problems. East, as in Washington, DC. I’m not sure that’s such a good idea.
“I must say to you who have recently, or presently are still receiving an education, I am awed by your powers of resistance. I have some knowledge of the attempts that have been made in many classrooms and lecture halls to persuade you that there is little to admire in America. For the second time in this century, capitalism and the free enterprise are under assault. Privately owned business is blamed for spoiling the environment, exploiting the worker and seducing, if not outright raping, the customer. Those who make the charge have the solution, of course — government regulation and control. We may never get around to explaining how citizens who are so gullible that they can be suckered into buying cereal or soap that they don’t need and would not be good for them, can at the same time be astute enough to choose representatives in government to which they would entrust the running of their lives.”
Ronald Reagan January 25, 1974 1st CPAC speech
Belief that people can run their own lives – or at least should be afforded the chance to try – is sobering but liberating. More should try it.