With the passing midterm election, the news media and talk radio have harped strongly on the nature of government and speculated dangerously into the upcoming course of the country. Much of the conversation is focused on the political whims of our time like Health Care reform, reinvigorating the economy, and our wars with other nations abroad.
What seems to be missing from the conversation is the same type of dialogue that crafted this great nation. We as Americans have taken for granted the efforts of our forefathers in establishing what Reagan called “this, the last best hope for mankind.” But the longer we ignore the nature of government, the farther down this road we travel.
What is the road I speak of? It’s paved with surmounting debt and unfunded liabilities; with a federal government with a growing bag of tricks to influence ever more sectors of our lives; with a punitive tax and regulation system that suffocates business; and with a Constitution left to mock in the face of zealous legislators. The road leads to a nanny state that sacrifices our individual rights for the preference of the “greater good.”
It is time we rethink the nature of government: its purpose and its role. It’s time we realize that we, as human beings, have natural rights to life, liberty, and property, and that we have the right to organize together to form a government to protect those natural rights. If we are to live freely, then said government should act only in a negative fashion to stop injustice so justice itself remains.
And if we wish to enjoy this republic, we should then recognize that by its very definition, a government made up of representatives could not possibly represent the will of the entire nation. Because of this, we cannot trust the government to their own devices. We have a duty – as those men who organized to protect their rights – to ensure the very same individuals we trusted to protect us do not become our masters.
We must remember that government, by its very nature is the preventer of injustice, not the purveyor of equality. It constrains man’s imperfect impulses; it does not try to perfect him. It serves us, we do not serve it.