If All Forms Of Government Disappeared Tomorrow Would You Die?

@gewcew23 (8011)
United States
May 10, 2009 5:00pm CST
Sounds like a cruel question but if you were to read some here on MyLot and question at townhall meetings you would think this would happen. Discussions like these I want government provided health care I want government to pay for my mortage I want government to pay for my college tuition I want government to save my job I almost have this image of every Democrat in America jumping of a cliff if they actually had to survive on their own.
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• United States
11 May 09
For most of us it would be fine. We would still be able to take care of ourselves because we have been for a long time.But for the people who depend on the government to take care of them and make their decisions for them....well they would be in sink or swim time. SOme would swim, some would sink.
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@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
11 May 09
Yes sink or swim, it is easy to stay afloat when you are standing on the shoulder of someone else doing the swimming.
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• United States
11 May 09
exactly. What I don't understand is the sense of entitlement some people have...at the exspense of others. Like the world or at the least this country owes them something.
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@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
11 May 09
That's right. Nobody is entitled to stand on someone else's shoulders. You have to step over people yourself to be on top and not count on the government to hold them down for you. Wow, that analogy actually works...
@Taskr36 (13925)
• United States
11 May 09
The short answer, no. People are creatures of habit and many would do their best to continue living life as they had. They would go to work, follow their daily routines, and spend money as though it still had backing. You would then get people who would rise to be leaders. The real issues would center around who these leaders were. Some might try to continue the government we had. Some would use the weaker willed people to get power for themselves. What would happen to different people also depends on where they are. In a place like Alaska, you have people that are better prepared to live without government and have skills like hunting that make them more self sufficient. In a city like New York... well there'd be hunting, but animals wouldn't be the targets. Your part about the government providing everything reminds me of a cartoon I saw. It had Obama preaching to a crowd. He said he'd give them free healthcare, they cheered. He told them he'd give them free welfare, they cheered. He guaranteed jobs for everyone, they got quiet and one person asked "Well what do we need jobs for?"
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@PrarieStyle (2495)
• United States
10 May 09
No, I wouldn't die. I don't take advantage of any of them anyway that I can think of except the Post Office. I can even do without them and am thinking about using using another delivery company. I just forget about the others since the post office has had a monopoly on our mail for so long. Now stamps are going up again. They used to go up every few years now it seems as if they go up every few months. I heard they are in line for a bail out too. And they are cutting off our Saturday deliveries. I can think of a lot of Americans who need to be cut off from government benefits so they can see what it's like in the real world. They take total advantage of every "free" program they can find. Without a single thought to the people who have to work hard to pay for them to get the "free" benefits.
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@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
10 May 09
Good one Gewcew! It would be nice if we could figure a way to find a middle road and get out of this mess without doing something drastic. I still think a million man/woman march on Washington this summer would really shake them up. I know that there are folks talking about it, but I don't see anyone doing anything serious about it. They seem afraid of Napolitano. Now that her goons have started picking people up, and holding them for long periods of time just for bumper stickers, folks are getting very wary. Shalom~Adoniah
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 May 09
Well I have diabetes and my husband has a stroke, and if we could not get our pension, well I do not know what would happen, but then we do know that our taxes both while we were working, and even now do pay for our health care. And for college, there are tuitions. Maybe some will die. But before government care there were groups helping people, only you knew then that you put so much money a month into it. When governments provide aid, they think that there is this big money pot in the sky.
@missybal (4492)
• United States
11 May 09
My Grandmother Gave me a Book called The Encyclopedia of Country living the 10th edition. Long ago when she (my step grandfather came later) was young and found herself poorer than church mice with 5 children to feed and cloth in a house barely big enough for two people falling down around them she had a far earlier edition of this same book that she used as her guide. She learned how to make breads and how to grow a good garden and to can food and even how to butcher a cow and dry meat. All sorts of things that if you had to live off the land you would need to know (they even cover childbirth). She chopped wood and she survived and she is the strongest woman I know. She talks all the time about walking 9 miles into town at least once a week and all the way back all the time because she had no car or anything else. I know she's not just telling stories... my grandmother actually trek the himalayan mountains once. If she could do all that raising 5 children there is no reason for me to not be able to survive, and thrive. I must say I'm pretty soft considering how easy I've had it compared to my ancestors. However the most important thing to me is freedom and liberty and of course my family. And this is all I need to not only survive but also to be truly happy in life. Not saying without government involvement that would be the American life... but all the things you have listed I can survive without. Actually I think I'd thrive so much more by having to do all that myself and I have close family and friends that I know would lend a hand if need be. I think if we did not have the government to fall back on then perhaps people would see the value in good relationships because we could go back the way it use to be when your community and neighbors lend a hand to those who TRULY needed it who treat others with kindness. It seems there are more and more "loners" today then there use to be because the government has takin the place of neighbors so why keep up with relationships or care about being a good neighbor or person, the government doesn't care to know if you are a good person or not they just give hand outs to anyone who looks needy on paper.
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@missybal (4492)
• United States
11 May 09
Oh yeah... you wouldn't believe the things you can do with Cornmeal Mush!
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@meandmy3 (2229)
• United States
10 May 09
I think I just hurt myself from laughing so hard. You have a very good point. I for one do not want the government in charge of my health care thank you but I like being able to make the decision as to what doctors my children will see. I also do not want them involved in where I work or dictating what college I can and can not go to. I also would like it very much if they leave my bank accounts alone. I busted my behind to earn this money they have no right to take it away and give it to someone who sits on their duff all day waiting for a hand out.
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
10 May 09
Well apparently to some your money is some how theirs. I am sure that they think their money is theirs, but they are as pure as the wind driven snow.
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• United States
12 May 09
Holy cow! I've had to wipe my eyes from laughter. It would probably be my luck that the very minute I became truly free I would die lol. If I didn't tho, I'd throw one helluva party! What happened to people taking care of their own? I can remember a lot of the other kids in my neighborhood had their granparent(s) living with them in their folks' homes. Don't see much of that these days. What I do see is 20-40 (not exaggerating) year old men living off their grandparents. I can also remember when having to go on welfare was a last resort and a huge embarrassment. Not anymore. Most people are proud of how much they can get for simply popping out kid after kid after kid. That's what hurts the people that do need help. People that won't help themselves and are perfectly capable of working for a living.
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
11 May 09
The only group who comes to mind would be the elderly who depend on Social Security and Medicare to survive so I would imagine that some of them would be put in perilous situations. Even though my husband is a disabled vet we could survive without his disability income but paying for the 12 or so medications he takes daily for a variety of health conditions might be rough.
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@loudcry (1045)
• India
11 May 09
I get what you are trying to say here. Its unfair to give someones' hard earned money somebody else. However, you and other mylotters here(the first five or six atleast, didn't read all the posts) seem to have forgotton one of the most important functions of the government: Law and Order. I think some people would die because of lack of law and order. I'm not particularly pro government. Certainly not one, considering its present form.And, i think we'd all agree here despite coming from different countries. But, the government does have some legitimate funtions. And, one the founding principles behind governments was safegaurding of indivisual right. Though the government became too strong over the centuries and started violating the rights of its citizens. Nevertheless, I agree with the general tone of this discussion, just wanted to point out this law and order aspect.
@ruworth (149)
11 May 09
We would all be loaded, no tax to pay. Your money would be your own.
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@Jixapose (97)
• United States
11 May 09
I'm pretty much of the anarchy mindset, so a missing government wouldn't bother me. Anarchy is actually a 'form' (of sorts) of government, and cannot disappear, since it pretty much the base root. I do fear that most people have been conditioned to 'be told what to do' - whether by government or media. I just fear the mass stupidity and panic of large groups of people with no direction...
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@jellymonty (2358)
10 May 09
I think the world would be a better place if there were no government. Everybody would have the right to do what they want and everybody would be in control of their lives and not depend on government to bail them out when in actual fact government is the reason we're all in problems!