Can you guys please review my application essay?Submitted by Proud Libertari... on Sun, 11/25/2012 - 15:37
Hello everybody. Thanks to all of you who help and provide constructive feedback. My essay prompt was "Choose an issue of importance to you—the issue could be personal, school related, local, political, or international in scope—and write an essay in which you explain the significance of that issue to yourself, your family, your community, or your generation." I decided to do my essay on the size of government. Here it is:
The Constitution is our founding document that defines and constricts the role of Government. It was created primarily to prevent the errors of tyrannical monarchism and pure democracy and to protect the natural rights of man, chief among these being the right to life, liberty, and property. It was created to redress the grievances that so greatly compelled our Founding Fathers to declare independence from Great Britain. Among these were the explicitly unwarranted, undesired Government overreaches and regulations in the colonial society and the tyrannical exertion of Government authority over the lives of the citizens against their very will. As a result, the Founding Fathers reasoned that limited government is the criterion for which all the principles of liberty can be retained by the people over time. However, I fear that the original intent of the founders is ever increasingly fading from public policy, as Government powers and responsibilities grow, while the people forget the civic virtues that made this country great.
Over the first one hundred years of existence, our nation generally followed the guidelines of constitutionally limited government, and it saw a period of growth in the economy and in an intellectual awakening of the likes of which the world had never seen before. Under a free and limited government, our society flourished, but, undermined through apathy, the all-important Constitutional principle became neglected as Washington politicians eagerly attained unconstitutional powers and responsibilities under the guise of helping the needy. Unnecessary and corrupt departments such as the Department of Education were formed, along with “social safety nets” intending to steal only a little from Peter to give to Paul. Communities began to lose sight of the importance of responsibility and developed a dependency on the Government for daily needs, as more and more tyrannical Government power grabs were deemed “necessary and proper.”
Now, our Government controls many aspects of our lives, from our education to our healthcare and our retirement. We are increasingly being forced to act as supplicants rather than customers for many of these essential services. Meanwhile, the Government helps promote crony capitalism by bailing out big banks and corporations that execute fraudulent transactions by cooking the books. It supports giving out easy money to these fraudulent corporations through the Federal Reserve by printing money out of the presses of the US Mint under the pretense that it will stimulate the economy, while it only stifles real growth and savings in the market, increases the price of goods, prevents the economy from recovering after a recession, and aids the wealthy while hurting the middle class. The Government supports subsidies and price floors for farmers, while providing benefits to big unions that want to work less for higher wages. It forces restrictions on trade under the pretext of saving jobs and protecting certain domestic industries. All of these government expenditures and services have contributed to a destruction of wealth and a theft of prosperity from poor and middle class Americans, while leading to an irresponsible, corrupt Washington.
Millions now rely on these welfare policies, plundering the wealth of others while they themselves are plundered by taxes and inflation to support other corrupt “benefits” from the Government. Now, as this country hurdles towards uncompromising and unaffordable debt, more and more people will wake up to the sound of failure and fraud, to the sight of destruction and riots, and to the rise of tyranny, as we have become too reliant on the Government and have become apathetic for too long. The signs are manifest today, in my view, as the Government can now wiretap one’s electronic communications to spy on and arrest individuals without a warrant, forcibly seize one’s property without a judge’s approval, remove one’s right to know why one is being held in prison, remove the right of certain, unspecified individuals to a fair trial, and even seize control of the economy through corrupt legislation such as the PATRIOT ACT, NDAA, and Executive Order 13603. In other words, as Congressman Ron Paul once said, “We have allowed our nation to be over-taxed, over-regulated, and over-run by bureaucrats. The Founders would be ashamed of us for what we’re putting up with. Matter of fact, if you look at every single problem we're facing today, it's because of the lack of respect for the rule of law and the Constitution."
I believe that this is a very pressing issue of our time that has to be dealt with now. We as a people need to regain our desire to protect our natural rights and to maintain a free society where we adhere and abide by the Constitution. The modern Government has taken away many of our civil liberties and freedoms, providing bread and circuses to appease the people while it continues to get bigger and more oppressive. I believe that limited government is the only means to protect our freedoms because having a smaller government allows the people to freely act out according to their own whims, allowing the proliferation of innovation, culture, religion, and general prosperity, while promoting responsibility among all of society. I believe that now, more than ever, this country needs to return to the principles of the Founding Fathers, before we return to the totalitarianism that formed this country in the first place.
Thank you guys very much!