The Washington Times - May 4, 2011, 03:59PM

Edmund Burke said that “The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse,” and also that “the people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.” Liberals today suffer under the delusion that giving more power to the government somehow advances human happiness, without recognizing the abuses that come as a result.

Such is the theme of this blog post of mine at the Center for Individual Freedom, one which extensively quotes several Washington Times editorials. As I write,


One of the most disturbing trends among lefties these days is the assumption that virtually everything — money, property, civil rights — start with government and are the government’s to dole out or withhold as the government sees fit….Again and again, the Obama administration and its fellow travelers will argue not only that government knows best, but that it enjoys the power to impose the fruits of that “knowledge” on the rest of us.

Read the whole thing at the link above to see what spurred this particular discussion — and how the Washington Times editorials fit in. It occurs to me, though, that I should add another example of what I was talking about: the infamous Kelo decision, through which the power of governments to exercise “eminent domain” was vastly (and wrongfully) expanded so that it can now pick private winners and losers, seizing one man’s land for another man’s profit.

Ed Feulner’s column yesterday at the WashTimes outlined a host of other ridiculous ways that government is running amok. For instance, “Congress now requires vendors to post the calorie counts of all the items in the vending machine. The idea is that we’ll pick the healthier choice. There’s nothing wrong with eating healthier, but why is it the government’s job to supply us with information we aren’t even asking for?” This might be getting a little afar from the strict original point of this post about the left thinking that all power and rights and money and… well, just about everything, starts with government. But the Feulner piece is of the same general thrust: An all-powerful government, a government that regulates without itself being well regulated, is a government that can easily move from the annoying to the dangerous in the blink of an eye. If all authority starts with the government, the people are in peril.