Laina Farhat-Holzman: So many reasons...

Laina Farhat-Holzman: So many reasons for hating our government

There are 12 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Apr 5, 2008, titled Laina Farhat-Holzman: So many reasons for hating our government. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

I am a child of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt era in which most of us perceived government as our friend.

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San Jose, CA

#1 Apr 5, 2008
Good to see we are back to the typical hateful drivel. My bird cage is in need of some new paper.

United States

#2 Apr 5, 2008
Definitely. Do her articles ever change? She doesn't even pick new topics for the most part, and her history is pretty shabby.

Boulder Creek, CA

#3 Apr 5, 2008
"Perhaps the job of government really should be keeping people free to do what they want except when it impinges another person's freedom"

Well said. I wish it was all they did.

New Smyrna Beach, FL

#4 Apr 5, 2008
Yep, as has been often said, anyone in the middle of the road gets run over.

Regarding marraige: LF-H is correct about the family nature of marriage, but misses the point: Even in the medieval era, marriage (and inheritance) was of extreme concern to royal families. Large wars were fought over it.

Let's think if Henry VIII, "Defender of the Faith." That title worked until his dynastic ambitions got in the way of his religion.

Among peasants with nothing, not even title to the land they inhabit, marriage is indeed a private affair, because it doesn't matter much. It is merely a means for determining low-level authorities for portioning out food and labor tasks among the lower classes, so that the Lord of the Manor doesn't have to micro-manage everything.

But in modern free societies, things are very different. Whether or not one is married is NOT a private affair. The status of marriage is recognized by laws that require third parties to do something, or refrain from doing something. For example, there are community property laws, inheritance laws, liability laws, and so forth. There are also insurance contracts (many of which have a public component, and are not merely private contracts). There are laws that automatically entitle a spouse to a benefit.

Numerous persons (government agency, corporation, or private individual) are bound to recognize the marriage of other parties with whom they have nothing in common. That is, marriage is socialized, not privatized, in modern society.

So, the arguments of marriage-redifiners simply carry no weight, if expressed in terms of private contract. A truly private marriage arrangement would not be backed by things such as equal housing laws that protect marital status.
Right on Time

Capitola, CA

#6 Apr 5, 2008
The fundamental problem of liberalism, as articulated by Laina in her usual eloquent fashion, is that it ever thought it could trust government in the first place! Particularly foolish is to grant government power over people, when we all know that in only a short four more years, that power can be used against the people by one less benevolent than when the power was handed over.
Anyone who would trust government to do anything has never visited the Mississippi gulf coast after Katrina. Anyone who would trust government to do anything forgets about the events at Ruby Ridge and Waco, Texas. Anyone who would trust government to to do ANYTHING right has evidently never visited the DMV and allowed a government worker power over their vehicle registration needs. When considering the most critical of our fundamental right to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness, that being life itself, trusting government and inviting intrusion into your private health care decisions makes you the biggest fool of all. Vote against Universal Health Care!!

San Jose, CA

#7 Apr 5, 2008
Woops. You forgot to list Iraq and Afghanistan. Or is that an ok big government activity, because we get to incinerate lots of Muslims while spending trillions of dollars while Bush, Cheney et al turn the US Constitution into toilet paper?
Justa Guy

Napa, CA

#8 Apr 5, 2008
I forget who said it but the line still holds true. "People get the government they deserve."
I agree that there are numerous abuses in our government, but that's because we allow scumbags to hold office. Laina says that she's a baby of the FDR generation. Well, the generations after that just allowed things to get screwed up, step by step, until we ended up where we are today. We are all a product of prior generations greed and lack of ethics. I do not believe that things will change for the better until we reach a point of total anarchy.
The funny thing is that I also believe that we are still the best thing going. Go figure.
Right on Time

Capitola, CA

#9 Apr 5, 2008
Hey, Bimbosity,*yawn*...but don't worry your big lib hair-do about it. I slammed your favorite punching bag, Bush, with the Katrina mention, but have it your way. However you get to agreeing with me that you cannot trust Government, no matter who's at the helm, that's OK by me.
Justa Guy said it best: we get the government we deserve.
Vote against Universal Health Care!!!

San Jose, CA

#10 Apr 5, 2008
Yeah, but you got rid of Posse Comitatus, so you should be semi-orgasmic with what Bush pulled off in New Orleans. Bummer he didn't get to declare martial law, though.

"All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"
Justa Guy

Santa Cruz, CA

#11 Apr 5, 2008
Romans rock!

Berkeley, CA

#12 Apr 5, 2008
Bush is an idiot savant.

I don't know if I could ever trust the federal government again after his presidency.

San Jose, CA

#13 Apr 5, 2008
Yeah, he is an idiot-savant except for the savant part.

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