“"Government is not a business" is the first phrase of a song it seems to me. The song, yet to be written, teaches the distinction first, that Government is about (by for and of) the people, not an establishment to grow profits for owners of legally protected immortal entities that is, corporations. Some of their owners are benign. Some are not so nice. They are all kings in their own dominions and they are heir to the problems all kings rain upon their governed. That's why we created a Constitutional government, to get away from kings. God warned the people through Samuel about Kings, so if you need a biblical reference for this song, there it is. He let them have their king despite the warning. Americans allowed themselves, ironically, to be ruled by a second King George. We are ready for that second revolution now. This song's last phrase could ask God to bless America, because the invisible hand George has put in charge has given us only it's middle finger.
Yes, Michael, there is a lot we can do with that language. GOVERNMENT IS NOT A BUSINESS. It has the potential to wedge open the minds of the mindless right wing echo factory. It is very good, IMHO. Use the language you find works and please keep it up.
If you (or Herrington) want to talk about it more you can send me a note to parknfly07 at gmail.”
Herrington on Feb 27, 2008 at 21:43:40
“Very nice post. I'd be careful with the analogy of government to a non profit business though. As it turns out, many non profits are looted by the boards of directors as their books are legally closed to public scrutiny. Want to see the books on a modern non profit hospital and you have to bring a subpoena.
Government is ostensibly open to more public scruntiny and therefore better able to be held in check by a motivated public. Assuming a motivated public.”
WIpatriot on Feb 27, 2008 at 21:27:53
“A very good post, Michael.. It takes me back to a Civics class discussion, back when I was too young to fully comphrend the true differences.”
I cannot apologize enough. She was an admirable woman, and if I'm going to use a quote of so great a person, you'd think the least I could do is get her name right. Sometimes I get so passionate about my subject matter that I forget the simplest, yet most important things.
“The second time I saw Glenn Beck's show was the thing that convinced me to cancel cable. Really. I'd held on until then to continue to get news from CNN, but that show brought clearly to the front that CNN was not a news network anymore - just bad entertainment.
Of course online I have to wade through biased rants, but at least I know that somewhere on the net the news is reported - I just have to find it.”
“Thank you all for your comments! I just wish I could get this essay out to more people. With all the articles on HuffPo right now about Clinton and Obama I think this issue, and this essay, got buried. Please feel free to email it, recommend it, or whatever. I think - and not just because I wrote it - that it's something that should be at the forefront of the next Democratic Administration - whoever wins this Fall.”
MichaelGeneSullivan on Mar 1, 2008 at 03:58:38
“Oh, and for some reason if you click on my other comment you can't see my other posts. Try this one.”