This paragraph from a talk by Edward J. Erler should be used to litmus test every nose-wiping bit of invasive legislation coming from President Obama and his sycophants. It sums up the thought from Ronald Reagan that the scariest 10 words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.”
It applies to Obamacare as well as all the other millions of regulations being passed to keep the welfare machine alive and well and to return liberal candidates to office ad infinitum.
Erler wrote: “For progressives then and now, the welfare of the people — not liberty — is the primary object of government, and government should always be in the hands of experts. This is the real origin of today’s gun control hysteria — the idea that professional police forces and the military have rendered the armed citizen superfluous; that no individual should be responsible for the defense of himself and his family, but should leave it to the experts. The idea of individual responsibilities, along with that of individual rights, is in fact incompatible with the progressive vision of the common welfare.”