GOP Senator: ‘Government Is Something to Fear’

By Penny Starr | August 3, 2012 | 4:18 PM EDT

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) spoke at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation's 'Defending the American Dream Summit' on Aug. 3, 2012 in Washington, D.C.( Starr)

( – Freshman Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) said that while government is necessary, it is also “something to fear.”

“It’s pretty easy to describe what ails this country because far too many Americans have forgotten the basic premise of what our founders knew,” Johnson said in a speech on Friday at the Americans for Prosperity Foundation’s “Defending the American Dream Summit” in Washington, D.C.

“What’s even more sad is far too many Americans were never taught the basic premise, and it was that government isn’t something here to solve our problems,” Johnson said.

“Government--we need it,” Johnson said. “But, by and large, government is something to fear because as government grows, our freedoms recede.

Johnson said President Barack Obama’s health care law is what motivated him to run for office in 2010. He also said it resonated with him personally because his daughter, who was born with a heart defect, survived because of the excellent medical treatment she received in this country before Obama’s law was implemented.

“Our story has a happy ending because my wife and I had the freedom to seek out the best medical technique at the time,” said Johnson, adding that his daughter is now working as a neo-natal nurse.

“She’s now taking care of those babies,” Johnson said.

Johnson told the summit attendees, “I haven’t given up hope and I do not want you to give up hope either."

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