Friday, April 29, 2011

Demand and Deliver

You’ve gotta love Agnes.Tony Cochran, the creator of this strip, often makes important points via Agnes.  I’m guessing this is meant only to be humorous, but I don’t want to deny Tony his due – maybe he is making a deeper point here than I am seeing.

But here is the point I want to make:  all these things that Agnes is requesting, and so many more we continue to ask governments to give, are things governments are simply incapable of providing.  Governments, at their very best (which they seldom are), can keep the peace so we can have the chance to provide these things for ourselves.

But the moment any government pretends to provide us with anything from cheese to world peace, you can expect less and less of it as time goes by.  (Now I want to start singing, “You must remember this . . .”)  Demand things all you want, but in the end government will not deliver because it cannot deliver.

For far too long, too many of us have been writing these Agnes letters to government.  It has gotten us into our current mess.  It is now time to write with only one request on our list:   keep the peace, but otherwise, leave us alone.

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