Most governments’ insidious slide towards evil works can be directly correlated and attributed to the regressive path away from morality as expressed in many religions. At a time in our nation when values and morality were more highly prized, John Adams once said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” That means that self-governing people can only stay self-governing when they exhibit a moral compass, a conscience led by tenets of morality, right and wrong, as expressed in most religious belief systems. Once a country loses that compass, the Constitution is unable to restrain evil because the Constitution is upheld by men, and if men are immoral, the Constitution gets trashed. The trashing of morality trashes our laws and the things America used to live by. Men make their own rules and do what is right in their own eyes. We are seeing this played out every day in the things our Congress and news media are doing. It appears now that Government’s main emphasis is to keep itself alive and growing.
I have recently learned of some things concerning the gaming industry’s embrace by small towns. This is encouraged by the State of Illinois and let me tell you what I have ascertained about that.
First, as I examined the gaming activity of funds compared to the amount paid out, I realized the gap between the two was low. I immediately perceived this high payout amount must be in order to KEEP PEOPLE PLAYING. I find this to be a nefarious motive on the part of the state. The second thing that I have pondered is why the state requires that alcohol be sold in the establishment along with the gaming. They are coupled together, so the establishment must first appeal to the village to receive a liquor license that requires a fairly good fee to acquire. One establishment in our small town hasn’t even sold one beer in almost a year of having a gaming room. The establishment actually stated in the beginning of the venture they weren’t interested in selling alcohol, but wanted the gaming customers. I also find this to be an egregious requirement on the part of the state, as it seems fairly obvious that the more one might drink, the more one might spend on gaming.
Is this really what our government is supposed to be doing? Coming up with atrocious schemes to encourage destructive behavior? Let’s face it, with the temptation in the minds of gamers that they might actually “hit it big,” who are the people who game? Are they the poor among us? Does it really benefit the state of Illinois to tempt the poor among us to give up what little they have, and possibly in the process, deny their families and children the necessary things they might need to exist? Is this really our government’s place? I am appalled to think this level of corruption could possible exist.
I watched a representative of a gaming company insist repeatedly that a small town of 200 people will actually pull in $14,000 per year in taxes for the village. And like a hypnotist swinging an expensive watch in front of his subject, he persuades them. There is no way this little town is going to make that much in gaming taxes. I have compared the gaming taxes of other small villages in the area. They might make that in 5 years. And people keep falling for it.
I fear we have much corruption by corrupt people in our government. Government is too big and I am afraid they lie all the time. Are we at a revolutionary moment? The time when a form of government has become destructive and must be changed? What do you think?
Update: Just to be perfectly clear, I really don’t take issue with the form of government we have. I think it is the best ever devised on the planet in the midst of fallen men. I re-iterate, when morals and standards fail and are no longer valued, there is no government that can be trusted to care for its people.