DNC video: Government is the only thing we all belong to

In stark contrast to founding principles, the DNC says you belong to the government. Photo: Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, September 4, 2012 ― Most Americans believe there are overarching ideals that unite them, such as liberty and freedom. However, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) says otherwise. According to their latest video, “government is the only thing that we all belong to.”

Does government own you? Conservatives and libertarians believe that a person owns himself, but a collectivist believes that we all own each other. Advocates of slavery, national service, or the military draft believe that people can be owned by other people.

The importance of private property ownership is accepted by conservatives and most American liberals alike. What is disputed is the nature of ownership. All rights are linked to property rights stemming from self-ownership. By taking away the concept of self-ownership, the DNC essentially declares that any rights you have are granted by the government.
This is no surprise.

Those in the DNC view government as a coordinating and authoritative entity, providing direction as opposed to development by way of a spontaneous order. This romance with centralized authority is why those in government, including their apologists and cheerleaders, so often enact legislation that harms the people. Minimum wage laws create unemployment, subsidies increase costs, and public schools fail to provide adequate education.

The DNC does not want individuals to have power. They want collective groups (whom they favor) to have power at the expense of others. This is in stark contrast to what the founders had in mind, and goes against the very principles this country was founded upon.

What makes us American isn’t government intervention. It’s the spirit of freedom, self-responsibility, and liberty that unites us. The DNC must end their romance with statist collectivism and return to America’s founding principles if they want to “secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.” Otherwise, if they prevail we will cease to be the nation envisioned by our Founding Fathers. 


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Daniel Brackins is a political scientist, libertarian philosopher, and proponent of the Austrian School of economics.   He is the president and founder of the Bastiat Institute, promoting free markets, liberty, and peace.  He is currently writing The Economic Origins of Morality, a book that argues that there is a universal moral principle rooted in the fundamental economic problem of scarcity.   


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