Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people. The abolition of religion as the illusory happiness of the people is the demand for their real happiness. –Karl Marx
Those words were written in the middle of the 19th century, when people turned to religion for their every need. I hold that we could replace “religion” with “government” and thus update the quote to the 21st century.
People today turn to government for their every need and desire. And it isn’t just those “evil” entitlement programs that THOSE people use that are the problem. No, “normal”, every day people also turn to government for their needs and desires too. Sign ordinances are a prime example. Someone doesn’t like the way a particular business’ sign looks, so they go to their local government to have that sign banned. Or they don’t like what a book says, so they have it banned from their local library. Or they are afraid of “radicals”, so they ban a church from buying land to expand. Or they don’t like the smell of cigarettes, so they have them banned from every place imaginable. Or they don’t like a particular group getting married, so they put laws in place preventing it. Or some people can’t afford healthcare, so they put laws in place that make healthcare a “free” government service. They think they find freedom in these actions, yet they are only feeling the illusory affects of the opiate called government.