Who Has A Stake In Good Government?

Mark Shea quoted Chesterton in his fb page. I’m not a fanboy of G. K., but this one made a lot of sense to me, slightly paraphrased:

G. K. Chesterton at work.jpgThe poor have been rebels, but they have never been anarchists; they have more interest in anyone else in there being some decent government. The poor really (have) a stake in the country. The rich (haven’t; they) can go away to New Guinea in a yacht.

The money quote:

The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.

Makes sense to me on so many levels: neighborhoods, parishes, the larger Church, and especially the lie sold today to so many people who are definitely not following their best interests when it comes to many politicians, especially every elected official that preaches so-called small government.

Not only are today’s rich people anarchists, they are brainwashers. Think about it anytime some well-off person promotes some idea that leads to more elbow room for them. If you don’t, you might well find yourself getting smacked by something between a humerus and a forearm.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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