More and more though, people believe that electing progressive leaders will allow their ideology to be forced onto everyone. The founders of this country recognized that inevitable possibility and made sure the government was limited in power. Many misunderstand that when a problem arises in the country, they can elect a leader who is able to ‘fix the problem’. While in reality, problems that arise in the private sector, can only be fixed in the private sector. The only action the government should take, is inaction.
The health care overhaul is the best example of this common misunderstanding. People were unfairly being denied coverage, while others could not afford the insurance to begin with. So, a majority elected legislators who believed that such a system could be fixed by the government. Of all the possibilities for the overhaul, Congress instituted a system where individuals were forced into buying insurance, against their will. Congress was never given such a power, and therefore that section of the law was ruled unconstitutional. Thankfully.
Still though, the expectation is that the government can create jobs, spur growth, and further initiate a ‘change’. While in reality, it is not their role to do any of those things. Nowhere is the government given the power to act upon such initiatives, nor should they attempt to. Even when the country is in great need, the government should not be permitted ‘help’ through means of regulation.
-----What needs to be fixed is people’s understanding of the government’s power and role. It needs to be made clear that the government is not a vehicle from which a frustrated majority can force their ‘change’ onto a minority. There will always be people angry at corporations, such issues need to be resolved privately. As much of annoyance as unions and boycotts are, they are the perfect example of a free capitalistic method for protest and organization. Private resolution is not just the best way, it is the only way. Allowing government intervention sets an extraordinarily dangerous precedent that will, without a doubt, be abused and cause the downfall of this republic.
Aside, the United States was designed so that the government intervention was supposed to be an impossibility. The original Constitution specifically stated that each branch of government only had the powers specifically granted to it. Immediately though, everyone had their own interpretation of the Constitution which, unfortunately, allowed for more intervention. So, amendments were added to further restrict government role. But since the passage of the Bill of the Rights, modern interpretations have still allowed for more government involvement.
The true battle is to correctly educate citizens about their government. A top priority should be to correct the common misconceptions about how the government operates. Then hopefully, the absurd idea of government imposed solutions will no longer exist, and people will understand that electing a ‘change’ is impossible. The very idea that the government can intervene into such matters is incorrect. People need to learn to how to organize and assemble privately to solve their problems, without the government.
-----The libertarian ideology does not eliminate all progress, just government imposed ‘progress’. If an individual or groups of individuals decide to organize and protest privately, it is no business of the state.