What has the government done for you lately?
In spite of the many billions of dollars that the government has in its coffers and the outsized influence it has over our nation and the world, it appears that the majority of us scratch our heads when this question is posed to us. There is no doubt that we have access to a variety of government programs in addition to police, fire, and other emergency services. However, if one takes a step back and looks at the broader picture, it would appear that the majority of these government programs are in place to solve a problem that the government created itself.
Government thrives when it maintains its power, and it is precisely its desire for greater power and enormous riches that makes it possible for them to place the populace in situations that force them to plead with the government for help when they are in need.
During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were witnesses to a myriad of problems that had been created by the government and that will have long-lasting effects on future generations of children and adolescents. They closed businesses, which led to a number of bankruptcies, and terminated employees because they refused to obtain the COVID-19 vaccination, both of which drove people into poverty and increased the rate of unemployment (which at one point reached almost 15%). And perhaps most importantly, they drove students away from the enriching experiences that are scientifically necessary for their development into successful and sociable young people who will effectively lead our society.
Recent studies demonstrate how students in the United States have been significantly impacted by the closure of schools. For instance, the number of children who attempted suicide rose by 51%. In addition to that, the number of children who are classified as obese has nearly doubled. And to add insult to injury, the pandemic claimed the lives of at least one parent or primary caregiver for more than 200,000 children.
As a direct result of this, we are already observing children who are significantly less sociable as well as significantly more depressed and overweight. It does not take a genius to understand how the life of a child could be negatively impacted by these catastrophic effects.
Should we be thankful to the government if, in the future, it provides us with things like health care subsidies and tax credits, as penance for the harm they caused? Not in my opinion. When the government is the source of a problem, it should not be praised for finding solutions to the problem. It is inevitable that these problems are the result of hasty decision-making, which in turn results in poor policy. The situation is made even worse by the fact that the only place individuals can turn for assistance is the government.
The issues which government create to force the people into reliance on government assistance has resulted in a myriad of issues, chief among which are the pervasiveness of poverty, the growth of criminal activity, and the severe lack of employment opportunities for younger people.
The fact that many of these issues have simple solutions is the aspect of this scenario that’s the most frustrating. In the case of children going to school, for example, it was known from the very beginning what the consequences of exposing them to COVID-19 would be, as well as the effects of locking children up in their rooms for two years without providing them with any opportunity for social interaction.
It is true that children can be carriers of the COVID-19 virus even if they are not sick; however, research suggests that the lockdowns and other restrictions that we were subjected to did little, if anything, to impede the virus’s ability to spread. You need only look as far as Florida to see a state that broke the mold and did the polar opposite of what every other state did. They made it possible for their children to go to school, allowing them to develop socially as well as intellectually. As a result, their current COVID-19 rates are comparable to those of the general population. It is now abundantly clear that the potential dangers are relatively insignificant when weighed against the dangers posed to the growth and development of our children.
Take this issue into careful consideration. How are votes gained for political candidates? They gain support from voters by giving hope to individuals. Yet, if there is no issue, then there cannot be any hope for a future without it. So, after they have fixed a problem that they initially caused, our elected officials have almost no trouble promoting their accomplishments on television and online while having almost no trouble concealing what they’ve done wrong. Because pain and suffering have become part and parcel of our daily lives, few people notice how the government wrongs them daily.
Corruption is an ongoing issue within the government that is one of the contributing factors to the decline of both our communities and our nation. As Americans, we are no longer unified; instead, we are divided by partisan politics, which are made worse by the efforts of the government to increase its control over us. Unfortunately, as long as there is civilization, there will be those who seek to rule.
The government needs only one idea to guide them: the more issues, the more solutions.
Armstrong Williams (@ARightSide) is manager / sole owner of Howard Stirk Holdings I & II Broadcast Television Stations and the 2016 Multicultural Media Broadcast Owner of the year. www.armstrongwilliams.co | www.howardstirkholdings.com