Here’s a little game I used to play with listeners coast-to-coast on my daily talk show. The goal was to compel them to think about the Government, its size, the pervasiveness of its laws, and smothering regulations.
This was the challenge: Name the 2 things you come in contact with every day that are not taxed, regulated, embargoed, licensed, restricted, or prohibited by the Government.
Invariably, the phone lines exploded! Unfortunately, the majority of callers usually misunderstood the most important part of the challenge: “…you come in contact with…”. As a result, ‘contestants’ would name “prayer”, “love”, “sunrise” and similar misses. (In a tactile sense, you don’t come in contact with any of those). Others would try “children”, “air”, “water” – as if your kids aren’t subject to taxes, compulsory education, and a boatload of age-specific rules; air and water had their own mountain of pollution laws, water and ‘wetlands’ regulations.
Inevitably, there would come “sex”, “economics”, and “Government” – some never having heard of sodomy laws, intangible “economics” and untouchable Government. As mentioned, a few creative folks tried “prayer”. While it is problematic whether one “…comes in contact…” with prayer, just try kneeling with some fellow believers at the Lincoln Memorial in DC. You’ll find it a swell opportunity to get educated by members of the Park Police: it’s illegal.
After hundreds of challenges in dozens of markets from New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, and Washington D.C., and even Toledo (!). Only once did a caller from North Carolina get the correct answer: nothing. Zip. Zero. None. No “2 things” – or even 1 – we “come in contact with “on a daily basis” that is not taxed, regulated, embargoed, licensed, restricted or prohibited by the Government.”
It’s been 10 years since the last game but we could play it today – with just one change:
“Can you name the 2 issues impacting your life on a daily basis that have not originated from the Government?”
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Presidential ‘mandates’, lockdowns, ‘social distancing’, family association, church services, school attendance, and school board meetings, now with FBI agents monitoring rightfully outraged parent-terrorists, employment security, unemployment income, dining out, football games, birthday parties, weddings, even funerals. If you or a loved one are in the Armed Services, a whole new set of COVID-related Government regulations can cost you your job and earned benefits. The impact of legally dubious State and Federal government intervention continues unabated as politicians and courts ‘green mail’ corporate entities in place of enabling legislation even to the point of ignoring SCOTUS verdicts.
The answer is still the same: not 2, not 1. None. The issues roiling our lives today come from Government laws, unconstitutional regulations, illegal restrictions, and policies intruding into every aspect of our daily life.
How does this happen in America, Land of the Free?
As a prescient Ayn Rand wrote:
“The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for me to live without breaking laws.”
Tragically, Reality is not a game. There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide; it’s all happening today. It is a specifically intentional part of a much bigger plan discussed here previously; Mike Nichols outlines the plan and progress in detail in this Blue State Conservative piece.
Since there are no prizes for the correct answer, what to do? Play the game anyway with folks you know. Or don’t know! Their reaction will be telling and you just may find some comrades for the days ahead.
By Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson, nationally ignored talk show host and occasional un-indicted co-contributor. Recently released his fourth book, “50 Stories; 50 Years in Radio”, now busily scribbling an unlikely screenplay for Book #3. With his spare hour, he is focused on splitting the atom and pursuing the ever-elusive Whirled Peas, all from his technically challenged studios on the formerly pristine shores of the Great Unnamed Lake, allegedly in the Southeast.