The tragedy in Tucson has become the latest example of the government’s inability to regulate choices that affect the lives of others. Lenient gun laws in both Arizona and Virginia have allowed deranged young adults to end the lives and futures of promising young individuals.
In a YouTube video submitted in response to Adam Bellow’s book, “New Threats to Freedom,” Max Borders blames the regulations imposed by the government for discouraging him and his wife from selling barbecue sauce at their local farmers market. He argued that the government is trying to protect big business, because political leaders have their own personal agenda.
When Barbara Kingsolver, author of “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle,” came to Virginia Tech, she pointed out that because large farms such as those in California are able to ship produce to Virginia at such a low cost, small farm owners cannot compete. They are, in turn, forced to close down their livelihood and their investment. One of the government’s key roles is to act as a regulator by preventing inequality and promoting equal competition.
Instead, the government has taken sides, with the public and private sectors using special interests to promote personal gain. Just as in life, we need balance in America’s economic system so that all businesses have the opportunity to succeed. Regulation should be a tool that both protects consumers and keeps businesses — large and small — in check.
Large companies have the power to create jobs, and small businesses are able to keep cash flow within the local community. Regulation is necessary in order for America to achieve balanced growth. If politicians take sides, nobody will win, and our country cannot prosper.
At the Tucson memorial several days after the shooting, we weren’t Republicans or Democrats, liberals or conservatives. We were Americans, who were united under one cause. Now we’ve gone back to our regular roles, as our nation stays divided on the most pressing issues it faces.
Who’s going to regulate the government? The Founding Fathers thought they put in place a flexible system that was self-regulating, but instead the United States government has grown out of control. I believe we need to add more permanent checks and balances to our current laws, so the government can self-regulate and our country’s leaders can succeed without comprising their integrity.