For the July Providence City newsletter each year I write a mini July 4th oration. This year I chose to quote Milton Friedman’s introduction to his 1962 book Capitalism and Freedom. His words seem to strike right at the heart of current federal policy:
“The free man will ask neither what his country can do for him nor what he can do for his country. He will ask rather ‘What can I and my compatriots do through government’ to help us discharge our individual responsibilities, to achieve our several goals and purposes, and above all, to protect our freedom. And he will accompany this question with another: How can we keep the government we create from becoming a Frankenstein that will destroy the very freedom we establish it to protect? Freedom is a rare and delicate plant.”
Here’s Don White’s response to this fine comment above:
You are so right. I enjoyed Milton Freidman’s book too. It is amazing how accurate he became in writing more than 30 years ago about what Barak Obama is attempting to do to America. I’m a former Utahn, and thus my conservative roots. The more government does for people, the weaker our people become. It is Obama’s grand scheme to weaken Americans and build the government — especially his popularity — so much that we can’t do without bailouts and doles — and without him as president. It is backfiring. People aren’t stupid. We are now just awakening to the realization of how greatly he has already shackled and enslaved us with his spend, spend, spend ethos. Long live our freedoms. They are God-given,and any party and government that attempts to eliminate them should be voted down.