Joe Soucheray: The state grows. The citizen shrinks.
pioneer press ^ | 3-3-13 | joe soucheray
Posted on Sunday, March 03, 2013 12:34:50 PM by TurboZamboni
He was speaking of bringing the same legal opportunities to same-sex couples as married couples when state Sen. Scott Dibble, DFL-Minneapolis, said the following the other day: “What if we were to put love at the center of everything that we debate and discuss at the state Legislature? The power of that idea is profound. This is a day to be very, very proud to be a Minnesotan. Because Minnesotans have rallied around this unifying, this clarifying discussion about the power of love in our lives.”
Dibble’s sentiment is not only agreeable, but challenging. Just what is it that most of our elected representatives actually love? Is it the power of the state, the belief that the state can never possibly be big enough or spend enough to accommodate their whims and beliefs and their arbitrary intrusions into every conceivable corner of American life?
I love the idea, for example, of less taxation. I want legislators to debate and understand that less taxation is a profound acknowledgment of the love for, and the integrity of, the citizen, who shall not be kept, but always be larger than the state.
But we aren’t. We are merely kept. We are shrinking.
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