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We are not a country of anarchists

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If you watch the anarchist tirades coming from extremist Republicans in the House, you'd think they believe that the government that governs best is a government that doesn't exist at all.

But behind all the slogans of the Tea Party -- and all the thinly veiled calls for anarchy in Washington -- is a reality: The American people don't want a future without government.

When was the last time the anarchy gang called for regulators to go easier on companies that put lead in children's toys? Or for inspectors to stop checking whether the meat in our grocery stores is crawling with deadly bacteria? Or for the FDA to ignore whether morning sickness drugs will cause horrible deformities in our babies?

When? Never. In fact, whenever the anarchists make any headway in their quest and cause damage to our government, the opposite happens.

After the sequester kicked in, Republicans immediately turned around and called on us to protect funding for our national defense and to keep our air traffic controllers on the job.  

And now that the House Republicans have shut down the government -- holding the country hostage because of some imaginary government "health care boogeyman" -- Republicans almost immediately turned around and called on us to start reopening parts of our government.

Why do they do this? Because the boogeyman government in the alternate universe of their fiery political speeches isn't real. It doesn't exist.

Government is real, and it has three basic functions:

  1. Provide for the national defense.
  2. Put rules in place rules, like traffic lights and bank regulations, that are fair and transparent.
  3. Build the things together that none of us can build alone -- roads, schools, power grids -- the things that give everyone a chance to succeed.

These things did not appear by magic. In each instance, we made a choice as a people to come together. We made that choice because we wanted to be a country with a foundation that would allow anyone to have a chance to succeed.  

The Food and Drug Administration makes sure that the white pills we take are antibiotics and not baking soda. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration oversees crash tests to make sure our new cars have functioning brakes. The Consumer Product Safety Commission makes sure that babies' car seats don't collapse in a crash and that toasters don't explode.

We are alive, we are healthier, we are stronger because of government. Alive, healthier, stronger because of what we did together.

We are not a country of anarchists. We are not a country of pessimists and ideologues whose motto is, "I've got mine, the rest of you are on your own." We are not a country that tolerates dangerous drugs, unsafe meat, dirty air, or toxic mortgages.  

We are not that nation. We have never been that nation. And we never will be that nation.

The political minority in the House that condemns government and begged for this shutdown has its day. But like all the reckless and extremist factions that have come before it, its day will pass -- and the government will get back to the work we have chosen to do together.

Thank you for being a part of this,

Elizabeth

 

Elizabeth Warren was assistant to the president and a special adviser to the Treasury secretary on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She single-handedly set us this bureau, putting in place the building blocks for an agency that will make (more...)
 

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Thank you Sen. Warren, for all that you do for us,... by Hosea McAdoo on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 10:10:22 AM
I don't know how you got elected.  It isn't a... by Jeremy Davis on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 10:30:57 AM
Did you have the right to opt out of the military ... by anna kakol on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 12:10:11 PM
I hope you stand by your beliefs. Don't use the ro... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 12:10:39 PM
And the misrepresentations continue.Nothing that M... by Phil Weingart on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 1:19:43 PM
I don't know who Mr. David is, actually.However, i... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 2:41:30 PM
I believe that Phil was quite clear in his reply t... by Bob Benitez on Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 at 12:30:18 AM
Norquist (sp?) comes to mind, wanting to drown the... by Daniel Geery on Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 at 2:07:38 PM
I see you are a retired military officer. I thank ... by Daniel Geery on Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 at 2:19:41 PM
I wonder how much the $100 million a day costs for... by Michael Dewey on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 5:27:39 PM
I am a big fan of the Senator, and I truly hope sh... by Leftcoast7 on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 10:55:53 AM
I address the differences between anarchism and Te... by Don Smith on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 11:39:07 AM
Don, thanks for providing a clearer understanding ... by anna kakol on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 12:39:38 PM
Spoken like a true shill for the hierarchy. EW onl... by Ed Lytwak on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 12:07:17 PM
False dichotomy.The choice is not between "governm... by Phil Weingart on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 1:09:13 PM
I can make some sense of this comment, thank you. ... by Daniel Geery on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 5:41:20 PM
Phil, I'm glad to see you're still hanging in here... by Bob Benitez on Sunday, Oct 6, 2013 at 12:37:17 AM
I appreciate EW very much and would strongly suppo... by S. Juniper on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 1:26:30 PM
Well, at least we can be proud that our country is... by Amy Schreiner on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 1:27:47 PM
Conservatives want to "starve the beast" by cuttin... by Gary Brumback on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 2:17:37 PM
I'm not so sure that the NSA is going to take it w... by Amy Schreiner on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 3:02:24 PM
Elizabeth, I am very supportive of your work. Howe... by Larry Victor on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 4:03:08 PM
"The Tea Party is the front of a decades long coup... by Natalie Oberman on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 4:26:33 PM
"If you watch the anarchist tirades coming from ex... by Natalie Oberman on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 4:08:42 PM
If my first lady Senator from Massatack, would foc... by Michael Dewey on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 5:40:10 PM
A country were "no one is above the law" like Pres... by Lance Ciepiela on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 6:54:10 PM
"Or for inspectors to stop checking whether th... by frang on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 10:41:11 PM
Too bad.  At this point, I think we'd be bett... by Samson on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 11:18:05 PM
And of course, Ms. Warren could remember that the ... by Samson on Saturday, Oct 5, 2013 at 11:21:10 PM