U.S. Senator: “We Are Not a Country of Anarchists”

Not yet, but give us time.


We Are Not a Country of Anarchists

By Elizabeth Warren, Reader Supported News

04 October 13


f you watch the anarchist tirades coming from extremist Republicans in the House, you’d think they believe that the government that governs best is a government that doesn’t exist at all.

But behind all the slogans of the Tea Party – and all the thinly veiled calls for anarchy in Washington – is a reality: The American people don’t want a future without government.

When was the last time the anarchy gang called for regulators to go easier on companies that put lead in children’s toys? Or for inspectors to stop checking whether the meat in our grocery stores is crawling with deadly bacteria? Or for the FDA to ignore whether morning sickness drugs will cause horrible deformities in our babies?

When? Never. In fact, whenever the anarchists make any headway in their quest and cause damage to our government, the opposite happens.

After the sequester kicked in, Republicans immediately turned around and called on us to protect funding for our national defense and to keep our air traffic controllers on the job.

And now that the House Republicans have shut down the government – holding the country hostage because of some imaginary government “health care boogeyman” – Republicans almost immediately turned around and called on us to start reopening parts of our government.

Why do they do this? Because the boogeyman government in the alternate universe of their fiery political speeches isn’t real. It doesn’t exist.

Government is real, and it has three basic functions:

  1. Provide for the national defense.
  2. Put rules in place rules, like traffic lights and bank regulations, that are fair and transparent.
  3. Build the things together that none of us can build alone – roads, schools, power grids – the things that give everyone a chance to succeed.

These things did not appear by magic. In each instance, we made a choice as a people to come together. We made that choice because we wanted to be a country with a foundation that would allow anyone to have a chance to succeed.

The Food and Drug Administration makes sure that the white pills we take are antibiotics and not baking soda. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration oversees crash tests to make sure our new cars have functioning brakes. The Consumer Product Safety Commission makes sure that babies’ car seats don’t collapse in a crash and that toasters don’t explode.

We are alive, we are healthier, we are stronger because of government. Alive, healthier, stronger because of what we did together.

We are not a country of anarchists. We are not a country of pessimists and ideologues whose motto is, “I’ve got mine, the rest of you are on your own.” We are not a country that tolerates dangerous drugs, unsafe meat, dirty air, or toxic mortgages.

We are not that nation. We have never been that nation. And we never will be that nation.

The political minority in the House that condemns government and begged for this shutdown has its day. But like all the reckless and extremist factions that have come before it, its day will pass – and the government will get back to the work we have chosen to do together.


2 replies »

  1. Strawman,….no anarchist would tolerate lead in kid’s toys, in fact, vigilante neighbors would serve far better than the call for a government response, only under anarchy would this be possible.

    If you knew anarchism the way I learned it from Emma Goldman(deported for her words) and Alex Berkman(died in poverty despite the debt all 8 hour workers recieved), you would understand that when you give the authority for a group of individuals to coin money and exchange it for people’s lives at an exchange rate favorable only to themselves you begin to understand capitalism. When you realize that the workers filled the stores today and that they will fill the stores tommorow whether they get paid in devalued dollars(capitalism) or free passes to the store(anarchism) you will begin to understand anarchism. When the workers know that their work entitles them to a share of all work we won’t have a problem with unemployment, but instead we got a system that was in place before our birth that offers us know alternative but eternal slavery to those that loan us our money(?!).
    When a loan is made the money is created, always principle, never interest. If the interest is never created where do the dollars come from to pay it? It comes from bankruptcies, someone else’s principle that coudn’t be repaid because you used it to pay your loan. Every dollar in your pocket is an IOU to a bank for someone’s loan, if not your’s then someone else’s. The 13th amendment changed the constitution to make all this possible, the orginal document prohibited this situation explicitly.

    And your strawman, that there are anarchists in congress, belies it’s self in that an anarchist would never participate that much in the system.

    Matter and anti-matter don’t mix.

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