June 7, 2013 5:00PM

There’s No Such Thing as ‘Good Government’

National Journal's Ron Fournier:

I like government. I don't like what the fallout from these past few weeks might do to the public's faith in it...

The core argument of President Obama's rise to power, and a uniting belief of his coalition of young, minority and well-educated voters, is that government can do good things--and do them well.

Damn. Look at what cliches the past few weeks wrought.

Fournier then runs through how the various Obama scandals show:

Government is intrusive ... Orwellian ... incompetent ... corrupt ... complicated ... heartless ... secretive ... [and] can't be trusted.

And that's when the good guys are running the show!

Maybe Fournier needs to brush up on his Common Sense:

Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil... Government, like dress, is the badge of lost innocence... For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest; and this he is induced to do by the same prudence which in every other case advises him, out of two evils to choose the least.

Translation: there's no such thing as "good government."