As true today as it was in 1964
No nation in history has ever survived a tax burden that reached a third of it's national income. If we lose freedom here there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth. This idea that government is beholden to the people that it has no other source of power except the sovern people is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of mans relation to man. This is the issue of this election whether we believe in our capacity for self government or wether abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intelectellual elite in a far disstent capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves for ourselves.
You and I are told increasingly we must choose between a left our right well I 'd like to suggest there is no such thing as a left or right theres only an up or down. Mans old age dream the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism and regardless of their sincerity their humanitarian motives those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course in this vote harvesting time they use terms like the great society.
Or as we were told a few days ago by the president we must accept a greater government activity in the affairs of the people but they been a little more explicit in the past and among themselves and all of the things I now will quote have appeared in print. These are not Republican accusations for example, they have voices that say the cold war will end through our acceptance of a not undemocratic socialism another voice says the profit motive has become outmoded it must be replaced by the incentives of the welfare state or our traditional system of individual freedom is incapable of solving the complex problems of the twentieth century. Senator Fullbright has said at Stanford university that the constitution is outmoded he referred to the president as our moral teacher and our leader and he says he is hobbeled in his task by the restrictions of power imposed on him by this antiquated document. He must be freed so that he can do for us what he knows is best and Senator Clark of Pennsylvania another articulate spokesman defines liberalism as meeting the material needs of the masses through the full power of centralized government. Well I for one resent it when a representative refers to you and me the free men and women of this country as the masses. This is a term we haven't applied to ourselves in America but beyond that the full power of centralized government this was the very thing the founding fathers sought to minimize.
They knew that governments don't control things. A government can't control the economy without controlling people and they know that when a government sets out to do that it must use force and coercion to achieve it's purpose. They also knew those founding fathers that outside of it's legitimate functions government doe's nothing as well or as economically as the private sector of the economy.