Surviving Without Government


Some people automatically assume a government shutdown is a bad thing. But before we jump to any hasty conclusions, let’s consider a few governments that probably should have been shut down. Nazi Germany, the USSR, and Cuba immediately come to mind. And you might want to add Iran, N. Korea, or China to a current ongoing list of governments we could do without. Citizens of just about any Third World African nation suffer from oppression and all sorts of deficiencies because they live in countries with lousy governments. Maybe a little less governance deserves a chance.

When Congress allowed the U.S. government to shut down at the beginning of October, a wave of dire alarm swept the country. How would we survive? What awful consequences would we be facing?  The anxiety and worried hand-wringing that followed could be a sign that we’re turning into a feeble and overly dependent nation, unable to carry on without government’s ever pervasive presence.

There’s no doubt that some political posturing is going on. This is a temporary shutdown after all, that will certainly come to an end in a matter of days. And it’s not like it’s never happened before. In fact, since 1976 the US government has been shut down 18 different times, typically lasting only days, and never more than three weeks. But the facts never prevent Democrats and the Media to paint melodramatic pictures designed to manipulate an uninformed population. So for the time being, we’ll be getting an unsavory helping of contorted political theater.

I think it could be a healthy exercise in individual self-reliance if we were to actually shut down the government, let’s say one month out of every year. Thirty days of roughing it without the benefits of government services. It would be like a camping trip and a civics lesson rolled into one. Once a year Americans could test their survival skills in the wilderness of a government-free environment.

Come to think of it, perhaps by demonstrating our ability to live life without government intervention, we might learn something about ourselves. We could rediscover our individual duties and responsibilities as Americans, and relearn how to fend for ourselves. Only an oppressive totalitarian state would object to a population of strong and able citizens.