Too Much Government


By: Guest Authors

By: Joseph Harris

A person’s understanding of the purpose, role and scope of government is crucial. A proper understanding of the government envisioned and established by our founding fathers is just as important. 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, whether in battle or in protecting the liberty and rights of people, and specifically their inalienable rights. The role of government is not to provide healthcare, jobs, education and the plethora of what it is providing today and has been providing for decades. 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.

A survey on the street will reveal that the average high school graduate will probably struggle to name the three branches of government, their responsibilities, and how they relate to the Constitution. The Constitution is the rule of law that is supposed to guide elected officials (Legislative Branch-Congress) as they make laws. The Constitution is supposed to be the rule of law for the Executive Branch or President as he governs. The Judicial Branch, the 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 law (that’s for the Legislative Branch); it is supposed to rule on whether or not the Constitution has been upheld or violated.

It has been reported 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 2009 that Benjamin Franklin had in mind? As government expands and continues in an unprecedented takeover of private business 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 better 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 Bastiet, 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 enrich 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. It denies the existence of human individuality and human depravity. 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, the next day some would be broke…….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, as already stated. The more that government provides, the more we give….. and give up. Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society will pale in comparison when measured up against this Frankenstein built by our law makers and the current president and administration. It won’t be 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 ANYBODY LISTENING?


Joseph Harris is the Vice President of Southeastern Baptist College in Laurel, MS

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