The Purpose of Government

By | March 29, 2012

Government does have a purpose, but it is limited. A proper understanding of the purpose, role and scope of government as envisioned and established by our founding fathers is essential to the future well-being of this country. America is not a pure democracy, but a republic under democratic rule by representation. The founding fathers envisioned government as a protector of the people, in times of war and in protecting the individual liberty of people, and specifically their inalienable rights. The role of government is not to provide healthcare, jobs, education and the overabundance of what it has been providing for decades. Government is simply not supposed to be providing the majority of programs it provides. In order for the government to provide anything to anyone, it must first take from someone else. Government is an empty entity that does not produce or generate anything in and of itself independently.
The average high school student will probably struggle to name the three branches of government, their responsibilities, and how they relate to the Constitution. The Constitution is supposed to be the standard which guides elected officials (Legislative Branch-Congress) as they make laws. The Constitution is supposed to be the rule of law for the Executive Branch (President) as he governs. The Judicial Branch (Supreme Court) exists for the purpose of reaching decisions in court cases to determine whether or not a matter is Constitutional. The Judicial branch is not supposed to make laws; that’s the job of the Legislative Branch. The Judicial Branch is supposed to rule on whether or not the Constitution has been upheld or violated.
It has been said that at the close of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, upon leaving the building, Benjamin Franklin was asked by a woman on the street, “Well what do we have Mr. Franklin, a republic or a monarchy.” Benjamin Franklin replied, “A republic, Madam, if you can keep it.” Are we still the same republic today in 2012 that Benjamin Franklin had in mind? As government expands and continues in an unprecedented takeover of private businesses and corporations, we are quickly becoming a monarchy of tyranny. Elected officials no longer care about the desire of their constituents. They vote their own agenda with an arrogant “We know more than you little people” and “This is for your own good” attitude. It is time to clean house….and the senate and replace every official who goes against the will of the people who elected them. When a rule “of the people, by the people and for the people” ceases, then rule by an elite few is inevitable and that day has come. It has been in the making for many years as both Democrats and Republicans in power have facilitated its progress.
When taxes are extracted (like a tooth, but more painful) from the people and they have no control on how the revenue is spent, this is equivalent to taxation without representation. Frederic Bastiat, a French economist of the 1800’s right before the French Revolution, called taxation legalized plunder. President Calvin Coolidge called excessive taxation legalized larceny. The nature of government, left unchecked is to grow, consume and engulf, characterized by massive fraud, thievery and corruption. An all-powerful government has historically been the tool of fascists, tyrants and dictators who enriched themselves and their cronies at the expense of the common people. While promising liberty, fairness and equality for all, liberty and fairness disappear, but equality shines as all suffer equally in misery. Socialism does not work and it has been proven repeatedly to be a failure. It denies the existence of individuality and human depravity and kills any incentive for creation and innovation. When government takes from those who have, to give to those who have not, the cycle has to continue. If wealth could be distributed equally among all tomorrow, some would be broke the next day…….and need more again from those who have. The have-nots have not because they keep not. Once again, the Bible rings true: the poor we will have always.
As we look to government to provide our all, such as medicine, food, shelter, etc. we need to be reminded that in order for government to provide for all, it must be big enough to do so. What most do not seem to realize is that a government big enough to give everything to everyone is also big enough to take it all away. That includes liberty as well as material goods and services. In order for government to provide anything at all, we the people must first give. The more government provides, the more we give……. and give up. Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society pales in comparison when measured up against this Frankenstein socialist state built by our law makers and the current president and administration. It’s not so obvious now, but the years will reveal the truth when pay day arrives.
Thomas Jefferson said, “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
We can blame Obama ’til the cows come home, but congress is supporting the current massive growth of government. It’s time to clean house. IS ANYONE LISTENING?
Joseph Harris has been a college professor and pastor since 1987 and his writings have appeared on WND, Sword of the Lord, Intellectual Conservative, Conservative Daily News, Canada Free Press, Land of the Free, and The Post Chronicle. [email protected]

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