My school-age years were not spent in the public school system, so I ask the above question. I generally believe that people are able solve all types of problems without the interference of government. But is the public education system teaching the opposite? Is the system reinforcing the idea that the gov. can solve all our problem through regulation? Please explain why you agree or disagree with my sentiments.
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I think a lot has changed since you were in school. There's far more bureaucracy now. Far more gov. infringements. I get the feeling that many young people have no reservations about using the gov. to push agendas and force compliance on others.
I suppose it depends on one's view of "agenda". The Declaration of Independence says: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.." Some people view pushing for equality/ending discrimination as an agenda.
By "agenda" I generally mean those actions which take away the rights of people, in which case the equality issue would not fit this definition. It seems the younger generations are looking to the gov. to "right all wrongs" and that's a problem.
As my mother use to tell us: "Life is not fair!"
Unfortunately some people never accept that as a fact. Even if given an equal opportunity some people will always excel above and beyond others!
One has to develop (their gifts) to get ahead.
Thanks, MT. I think the examples you gave (wars won, hardships endured, inventions) can be attributed to the people, not gov. I'm just noticing a trend of gov. reliance, rather than self and community reliance. The gov. was never meant to be nanny.
One could argue that 'community reliance' is government.
Not really, M.T. Government has the power to force your compliance, by taking your stuff or killing you, if need be. Given that, I wouldn't say relying on your neigbors (community) is the same at all.
What is government but a big community? Even the smallest neighborhoods have organizations and leaders. Government can be bloated and corrupt. But the wins, endurance, and inventions of the people wouldn't have been possible without that community.