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Jim Gray: Government Does Not Need to Be All About Money

Government is – but does not need to be – all about money!

As Shakespeare said in a different context: “’Tis true ‘tis pity; ‘tis pity ‘tis true.” But this dreary fact was recently brought home to me once again when I learned that each Republican member of Congress is expected each quarter to raise several tens of thousands of dollars for the National Republican Party.

Furthermore, before a Republican member of Congress can be appointed to chair a committee that member must “tithe” up to $100,000 to the party’s coffers, the exact amount depending upon the importance of the chairmanship. I have no direct information as to what the Democrats do, but anticipate that it is equally discouraging.

So what is the answer? My suggestion is to support the Libertarian Party. Libertarians are classic conservatives: they really do want to reduce the size, cost and complexity of government.

In other words, Libertarians believe that you and I are better able to decide how better to spend our money than is the government. But we are also classic liberals: we really do want to get the government out of our bedrooms and protect and defend our liberties. And Libertarians would never engage in a “little honest payoff” in order to become a chair of a committee!

As has been written often in this column, we get the government we deserve. And if this is happening on our watch, shame upon all of us.! This is not Liberty! This is not the honest government of “We the People.”

So we should contact the media, take to the airwaves, and otherwise pass the word that we do not condone this. And we should support political parties and candidates that would eschew such practices. Thus we should show ourselves and the world that our government is not, or at least should not be, for sale.

(Photo by 401(K) 2012 used with permission.)

Judge James P. Gray (Ret.) was a judge on the Superior Court of Orange County, California for 25 years, and was the running mate of Gary Johnson in the 2012 presidential contest, as well as the Libertarian Party’s 2004 candidate for the United States Senate in California. The author of multiple books and a play, he is a critic of current American drug laws.

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