While there are genuine crises, the federal government has an insatiable penchant for making almost everything a crisis. Why? Because government understands that calling something a crisis is an effective demagogical tool for justifying otherwise unjustifiable expansion of the government’s involvement and control of “we the people”. However, we need to remember that if everything is a crisis, then a crisis is merely quotidianness and therefore needs no action by the government.
Peter Hitchens, speaking of strong families and less government, noted, “It would also leave people free to cling to individual ideas of conscience, rather than the nationalized ‘social’ conscience which measures a citizens’ value by how much tax he is willing to pay. The freer society is, the more it leaves the family alone.”1
- The Abolition of Britain p192-193 [↩]