Saturday, September 27, 2008

Andrew Jackson on Government

Former President Andrew Jackson on government:

There are no necessary evils in government. Its evils exist only in its abuses. If it would confine itself to equal protection, and, as Heaven does its rains, shower its favors alike on the high and low, the rich and the poor, it would be an unqualified blessing.

President Jackson makes sense, until you realize government necessarily favors some groups over others in making laws and deciding what laws to enforce. Equal enforcement and equal protection are seldom-practiced, idealistic theories. President Jackson himself should have seen this--the rains he mentions affect some parts of the country, not all, and are dispersed unequally.

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