Governments’ sole justification for being is explicitly stated in the Declaration of Independence: to secure individual rights. The principle of equal inherent inalienable Rights is: as long as a man does not infringe the equal rights of others, anything goes - he is free to determine and pursue his own happiness - he is free to be selfish. The rich, the middle-class, and the poor have equal rights. Politicians and citizens who demonize the rich are no respecters of Individual Liberty.
Thomas Jefferson said:
“Reason and persuasion are the only practicable instruments.”To remove the use of force from citizen interactions so that individuals may deal with each other only by reason and persuasion, citizens delegate their right to self-defense to their government. Citizens cannot delegate a right they do not possess – hence, the government does not have the right to regulate inherent inalienable Rights, including the rights of individuals who hold that selfishness is a virtue.
George Washington said,
"Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."There is bipartisan dedication in Congress and in the presidential candidates to criminalize Individual Liberty. To do this, politicians lust to outlaw selfishness. They hurl “unbridled greed”, not at themselves, their protégés, nor the administrators of their government-sponsored enterprises like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but at wealth and job creators.
Neither the rich nor the selfish have the power to coerce. Only the government has the power to use force. When the government enters the realm of production and trade, it dishonors its noble mandate – it becomes a tyrant. Politicians who hurl “unbridled greed” at citizens are cannibals. They corrupt the government’s noble mandate to secure individual rights.