Now, I’m not a fan of the concept of “Shared Sacrifice”. I think it is counter to what America is, in the sense that it attempts to lock us all (collectively) into a relationship that was never intended by our Constitution. Just look at the language of the Bill Of Rights when it speaks of “No Person”, “Their Persons”, or “The People” and note that those terms are based upon the INDIVIDUAL; not groups of people. As an individual, you have a right to free speech, a right to your religion, and a right to bear arms… as an individual!
The irony is, that government finds it better, or preferable, when individual people are governed as a group, so it does EVERYTHING it can to put people in groups and not deal with the individual. And as an entity, government is willing to take away rights of some to meet its goals of treating ALL collectively. As an example, if left to government, Speech that is unpopular like the Westboro Baptist Church’s constant protests of soldiers deaths would be banned. But government fails to recognize that Freedom Of Speech is not meant to protect those ideas we all agree with, but those ideas we DON’T agree with (no matter how much we despise what they say).
ONLY GOVERNMENT WOULD BENEFIT IF WE ALL SACRIFICE OUR INDIVIDUALITY FOR GOVERNMENT GOALS and the collective. It reminds me of a quote by Ayn Rand when she states:
“It only stands to reason that where there’s sacrifice, there’s someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. Where there’s service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master.”
I think Ayn Rand’s quote is right. I also think that the government talks a little too much about the need for sacrifice from the individual for my comfort.