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Who Is This Government?

Updated on January 23, 2018
This was taken in Paris, France. The sign reads: "I am 79 years old. Help me."
This was taken in Paris, France. The sign reads: "I am 79 years old. Help me." | Source

It keeps happening in the last handful of years that I hear people dissatisfied with the government. I hear some saying that we need smaller government, or less government. Others, want no government at all. In all honesty, I cannot find many people who like "government".

This makes me smile as I remember a scene at the beginning of the movie "Big Bear", when Chief Big Bear is speaking to representatives of Queen Victoria and he asks:

"I understand You talk for government now but what is this "government"? We have heard of it for years and it has never come to talk to us. Where is it?"

Well, Chief Big Bear has been dead since 1888. I can understand his confusion and/or disappointment with "government" at that time but now, we are in 2018. Pointing fingers at government in my opinion is not enough. Being confused by government is no longer acceptable - there are remedies. After all, "government" is us. We are the government.

A "government" is just a system organized by people in order to make laws and rules which will help a society exist and thrive. The people who directly make-up the government are responsible and representatives of to the people whom they govern. Not for one second should we think that we are powerless in the face of government. We have many choices.

I grew-up in a dictatorship. In that case, government was high-jacked by a small group of people and government was no longer representing the masses. Ordinary people were oppressed, lived under constant fear, hungry and often very cold in their own homes, during winter time. Yet, even from such circumstances, my fellow country men and women rouse-up (some died indeed in the process), taking back control of their government. Change is possible and it can come in many ways.

Now, in North America we do not have dictatorships. We just have crooked politicians bought-out by lobbyists with campaign contributions/donations. This is certainly a bit of a problem but that should not be enough for us to give up on government. If we give-up on government, we give-up on our societies.

Without some sort of government we do not have fire-fighters to come to our rescue when we accidently light the kitchen on fire (I did that). Without government we do not have an ambulance rush to our aid when we crash our car in a ditch and are injured (thank God I haven't done that). Without government we have no laws, it will be back to our long forgotten caves and whoever is the strongest gets the food. We do not want that, do we?

Government affects our lives constantly. Are You paying taxes on your house, or not? That's government jurisdiction. Are You paying taxes on goods, or on gasoline, or on land transfers, or on inheritances, etc.? Again, all these come from government. Is alcohol legal, or illegal where You live? If You are legally allowed to have a beer, or a glass of wine, that's under the control of government. Even if the Air You breath is fresh, or not has to do with government. Just look at China and how there are days when the government warns people to stay indoors due to the dangers of breathing-in their polluted Air. We do not want that here in North America, do we?

Government is not some monster, out there in the darkness. It is not an entity created to make our lives miserable. No. Government is a tool and it is ours to control, if we want to. The excuses for not doing so are many. We can sit and complain about government until our mouth goes dry and things will remain the same. Or, we can get involved, take part in this system called government and bend it in such ways that it helps our livelihoods. I think it is possible. We just have to make-up our minds about it.

All the best to everyone!

P.S. I asked permission to take the photograph of the homeless man in Paris, for those who wondered.

"Big Bear" - A film based on historical facts, in Canada, at the end of the 1800s


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    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Monsieur Xavier,

      I am thoroughly happy to see You visit again.

      "We see what we believe and we believe what we have experienced ... Perception is not truth" - It is not indeed but as that saying goes: "I can accept things not only as true but I can accept things as necessary". I'm working in necessity now/here.

      May Wakan Tanka guide your path!

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      Mr. Happy 

      3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mrs. Shenko, You just made my day with your comment: "I love most of our government (i.e. our military, police officers, USPS workers, school teachers and other entities.)

      Thank You for bringing to attention all the incredibly amazing people which work within our governments to make all our lives easier.

      Cheers! : )

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mrs. Poulsen,

      I think I just heard too many myths and misconceptions about government. Thus, I felt like I had to write this piece.

      I am glad You enjoyed it and thank You for stopping-by and leaving a comment. All the best!

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Hello Kallini,

      Thank You for stopping-by, it's been a long time.

      No, I did not see that Romanian film. Going to look into it.

      Part of your comment is painfully truthful: "the government is organized minority versus us - disorganized majority" - we have let it become this way, haven't we? Well, that's what I was trying to say in this piece of writing: we can change things if we wish to do so. I suppose it is a matter of organising ourselves a little. : )

      Regarding the part about: ""Laws are laws, but reality is quite different", I must say that reality is what we make it to be. Again all is really in our control, if we wish it to be.

      It was great to see a comment of yours again.

      All the very best to You and La Familia! : )

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      Xavier Nathan 

      3 years ago from Isle of Man

      We see what we believe and we believe what we have experienced. In short our minds make up what we see and what we see is our past. Why else would would one man see something one way and another man sees it another way. Perception is not truth. I think your article very cleverly explains this dynamic. Thank you.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      3 years ago from Texas

      Mr. Happy, I love most of our government (i.e. our military, police officers, USPS workers, school teachers and other entities.)

      Blessings my friend.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      3 years ago from Ohio

      I like how you explain government truthfully. It has many uses in everyday life. You are right when you say to get involved if we want it changed. :)

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      3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Dear Mr. Happy:

      Have you seen "Police, Adjective" (a Romanian film)? After watching it, any question of "who is" and "what is" sounds a bit amusing. The film is long and painful (in its longevity), but the ending is so worth suffering. I would even say it's a must see.

      Also, "California Dreamin" though a comedy, it raises an important question of "who are you? or who do you think you are to give me orders? I'm here and won't let you through may all governments show at my doorstep and sit on my lap holding onto my throat!".

      I agree that we can make a difference, but the problem is in that the government is organized minority versus us - disorganized majority. There is always need for leadership, but sometimes (not always), leadership means power and power means corruption. Good intentions lead you know where.

      Just recently I was listening to a lecture about Ancient Rome and their codexes (? not sure - laws - Corpus Iuris Civilis ???) and how historians judged society by them. The professor said, "Laws are laws, but reality is quite different. We all know that."

      That's the trickiest part - reality.


      P.S. And this is priceless - the cooperation (the ending is a result of leadership). :)))

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Lovemychris, yes we are seeing it in real time indeed. Somehow, profit/money has corrupted the minds and hearts of many men. Others, are simply ignorant. Perhaps many lack compassion. Then, we ended-up in some dire times.

      "The ingratitude is what kills me....and the "i got mine, the hell with you" - About the ingratitude, that's true as well and combined with lack of understanding of what government actually means and does, this turns to ignorance. About the "I got mine, the hell with You": we have a saying in Romanian: "Dupa mine potopul" which means "After me the Flood". Means exactly the same: as long as I'm alright, who cares about You. That is often a case of lacking Compassion.

      Patriots will rise. Some have risen already. Many will come. May they be guided in a good way. Da-na'-ho-we-yo.

      Thank You for your comment. All the very best!

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      Leslie McCowen 

      3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      We are seeing it in real time. The profit motive takes over and drowns out public good.

      Thank YOU for writing this, and swimming against the tide. Its very cool these days to say you hate gvt.

      The ingratitude is what kills me....and the "i got mine, the hell with you"

      Not at all what American ideals are.

      Oh well, Patriots will rise, i have no doubt.

      Carry on!!

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Yes Dear", your comment holds some truth in my opinion. Hating government often produces apathy in people. I have seen it and with that they simply give-up in trying to get involved. What that does in turn, is it keeps the status-quo going. It strengthens the hand of corruption. Apathy is never good.

      "When gvt goes, who's in charge?" - That's a great question to think about.

      Thank You for the visit, reading the piece and leaving a comment. Cheers!

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Mr. Bill, good to hear from You again.

      I strongly agree with You that getting involved at the local level helps. Foreign affairs can be dealt with by our representatives. At the local level the common man and woman can have the most effect. They are the ones who know the issues which they have to deal with, on a day to day basis. As such, they are the best people to get involved.

      Thank You for your comment. I appreciate it. All the best!

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Haha, I love your comment Eric (You said Eric was fine lol)!

      I seem not to be able to stop from getting involved either. I take-off to the Forest a lot though, to clear the mind from all the nonsense. Like tonight, I'll be camping with the Trees, in the Snow. Eventually, I'll be back and at it again. Wherever Wakan Tanka leads.

      Thank You for taking the time to read and comment. Cheers!

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      Leslie McCowen 

      3 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Rather then cursing the darkness, some would rather curse the light. All these gubmint haters can't see that gvt hate is a manipulated and purposeful agenda.

      When gvt goes, who's in charge? Exactly.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A marvelous piece. I just seem to get involved with governance no matter how I try to avoid it. I have some old cards from the turn of the century that read "Global Internet Strategist in Governance". Wouldn't janitor have worked just fine? Well the commies loved titles.

      We have to be involved.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All true! I work at the local level for change, and hopefully that makes a difference somewhere along the spectrum. At least I know it helps at the local level.


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