Friday, October 10th, 2008 | Author:

Good morning. Over the past few days, we have witnessed a startling drop in the stock market, much of it driven by uncertainty and fear. This has been a deeply unsettling period for the American people. Many of our citizens have serious concerns about their retirement accounts, their investments, and their economic well-being. Here’s what the American people need to know: that the United States government is acting. We will continue to act to resolve this crisis and restore stability to our markets.

This is how President George Bush started his “reassuring remarks” today at a Rose Garden press conference. “All of us recognize this is a serious global crisis that requires a serious global response for the good of our people,” CNN quotes.

Now, it could be that I’m just getting too skeptical in my old age. Maybe I’ve been reading too much Ludwig von Mises and Ron Paul. Maybe I’d be happier if I just ignored what’s happening in our country. But I’ve never adhered to the “ignorance is bliss” theory of life, and I probably won’t start now.

So am I reassured by our President? “The government is acting?” “We will continue to act?” Is this the same government that, say, lied to the nation about WMD’s before we invaded Iraq? Is it the same one that now has detention camps scattered around the country to “to house people in the event of a natural disaster or for new programs that require additional detention space?” Is it the same one that threatens congress with martial law to get a bill passed? Is it also the same government that now has the 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry assigned to our shores?

No, I’m not reassured. Our government has arrogantly assumed the role of God in our lives. They want us to “trust them” and turn to them with all our problems, the same government that created most of those problems in the first place. They want power.

No, I’m not reassured – I fear that America no longer exists.

And what’s even scarier is that some people will actually believe Bush and put their trust in government. God help us.

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