Friday, May 22, 2009

The Proper Role of Government

What IS the proper role government should play in the lives of the citizens of the United States of America?

As written, our Constitution gives the government limited power over the lives of the citizens; as practiced, the government gives limited power to the people, and takes the bulk of it for themselves.
In every aspect of our lives, the government has intruded to the point of lunacy.
From the light bulbs you are able to buy, to the type of gas mileage you are going to have to live by, the government has inserted it's will, circumventing your will.

So where do the powers come from? Our Declaration of Independence says: "We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
So according to our Founding Fathers, we get our rights from God. Unalienable means "not to be taken away, not to be given away, not to be separated." They knew that our rights came from God, and could not be taken away.

Ezra Taft Benson in "The Proper Role of Government" says that since God created man, and man created government, that man is superior to government, and should remain the master, not the government mastering the people.
If we have the right to protect ourselves, as a large group, we hire someone to protect us, that person we hire only has the rights that we already have ourselves; we have only delegated the sheriff or police or whoever the rights that we already possess. The only source of his power is that which we have authorized. Benson goes on to ask "What powers properly belong to each and every person in the absence of and prior to the establishment of any organized governmental form?"
We all know the answer is protection of life liberty and property.
Bastiat calls this the "Principle of Collective Right," we have the rights, we delegate to others for the protection of our life, liberty and happiness (the Founders originally wanted property in place of happiness, life might be easier today if they had left it), nothing more.

Not to regulate our gas consumption, to regulate our environment (as if we could!), our banks, or our private industry; not to chase boys and their mothers across the nation because of respective health issues judged a governmental issue, not to impede us in our personal pursuit of happiness as long as we don't infringe on others.
All of this is egregious overstepping by our government. In each case the government says it knows best. Maybe occasionally it would have a better plan, but that's not it's place. Personal responsibility has been pushed aside for the nanny state.

I believe this has happened because God has been left out of the equation. People no longer believe in God making things right in the end. They believe government MUST step in and do it for us, because we are too stupid to do it ourselves, and there is no God. We see this every day.

Hold on to your rights, and while I don't believe many in Washington are listening, speak up and fight back. I think things are going to get uglier.

Keep a prayer in your hearts, He IS listening.