By Sen. JOSEPH SILK
This past week marked the half way point for this year’s session, and the Senate and House have now swapped legislation and we are working mostly in committees again for a couple more weeks. Naturally, every day we are in discussion about the budget and attempting to ensure the budget is handled as well as possible.
Of course, being a very constitutionally minded, core functions-type individual, I am disagreeing with much of the discussion.
It is always interesting to me how much time and effort is spent on things that have little meaning while individual liberties and constitutional rights are being eroded every day. It seems many politicians, and even people within our society, are happy with abandoning the type of government that our founders laid out for us in exchange of a little monetary gain or temporary comfort. We have been going down that road for some time, and I fear we will eventually lose our republic if we don’t turn around.
Government is present in almost every part of our lives, and it was never intended to be that way. The only purpose of government is to protect life, liberty, and property. Sadly, we have allowed government to expand much past this original intent, and eventually the consequences will catch up with everyone.
We need to take a hard look at how dependent we are on the government, whether it be a job, clients, or services. Are we as a society and culture happy and okay with this huge government dependency? I truly hope not, because we see through history where that leads and what kind of government that will turn into for our children and grandchildren.
As a nation, our culture and people are at a pivotal point. Will we continue blindly down this path, or we will begin to think critically and intellectually about where we are headed and heed the words and warning of our founders?
I realize this senate review didn’t address any specific legislation; however it applies directly to a broad range of ideas that are currently being debated in at the Capitol and across the state. I have enjoyed the interaction with many of my constituents throughout this session and encourage everyone to contact me with any needs, questions, or concerns. My office can be reached by calling 405-521-5614 or by email at [email protected].
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