What is wrong with our government? There are thousands upon millions of voices to tell us. Don’t almost all of us love to complain, but how many of us actually understand what we are complaining about?
When I saw the diagram below, I had to laugh.
What the diagram begins to illustrate is the complexity of the U.S. government in 1862. Text on the diagram tells us:
The object is to make the subject of Government familiar to the masses. And as the people of the United States have taken the Government into their own hands, as all are concerned in it, and as it is the best and most liberal, when properly administered, it is very necessary that all should understand it.
Can you imagine what a similar diagram would look like today? Nevertheless, in spite of all that detail, that diagram does not tell us something fundamental. What is the government suppose to do? If we don’t even know what the government is supposed to do, what is the good of complaining about the government?
We usually don’t think of the American Revolution as being a more serious affair than the Civil War, and perhaps it was not. Yet for the Americans who led the rebellion, victory meant life or death. So they thought carefully over their decision to rebel. They put their thoughts on paper. That paper we call the Declaration of Independence. Here is how they defined the purpose of government.
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. –That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
Faced with a similar crisis, how would the leaders of our day define the purpose of government? How do we define the purpose of government? Does our definition, as did the definition of those 18th century colonists, conflict with the definition of our leaders?
How should we define government? There is a form of genius that we describe with the acronym KISS, Keep IT Simple Stupid. There are basically two ways of approaching the KISS principle.
- Keeping It Simple Doesn’t Mean You’re Stupid (www.forbes.com) takes the approach of reducing the complicated to the simple. Here the idea is to focus on the essential.
- KISS (www.computerhope.com) states the more obvious approach. Instead of trying to make the complex simple, keep it simple from the start.
As the Declaration of Independence indicates, the Federal Government began as a relatively simple solution to a difficult problem. Yet over the last couple of centuries we have encumbered and complicated it with ever-increasing layers of bureaucracy. It sure ain’t simple anymore.
What are the problems? Here are some examples from today’s headlines.
- PRINCIPLES OF NATURAL LAW: The Constitution Cannot Be Amended By Treaty Or Presidential Decree (theroadtoconcord.com) considers our confusion with respect to the Constitution itself. Can the treaty power be used to amend the Constitution?
- With respect to the 4th Amendment, Does The Federal Government Really Care About Americans Security? (novatownhall.com) considers whether the Federal Government is willing to respect and protect our privacy.
- FLORIDA LEGISLATURES MOVE AGAINST COPN RACKET; VIRGINIA SHOULD FOLLOW SUIT (bearingdrift.com). What is the COPN Racket? That is state governments, politicians, deciding whether a new hospital is needed. Yep! Politicians know all about running hospitals.
- Diversify The Neighborhoods? (alwaysonwatch3.blogspot.com) involves the Federal Government manipulating local zoning laws, via executive order, of course.
- As the videos here demonstrate, F-35 Lightning’s S/VTOL (short/vertical takeoff and landing) capability demonstrated (partneringwitheagles.wordpress.com), we still manage to produce fantastic combat aircraft. The issue is whether we can afford to buy them.
- Here in Catastrophic Failure (definingthenarrative.com), due to political correctness, we have a failure to define the enemy.
- Armored Black Hawks Enroute to US-Mexico Border (pumabydesign001.com) describes why we are sending Black Hawk helicopters to our southern border.
Why did we allow the Federal Government to grow so complex? Some will say we did so because we care for the children, the poor, the old, the downtrodden, and so forth. That may excuse the ignorant. Most of us should have known better. Yet instead of caring about each other, we behaved like a meebot. So when a politician offered us the opportunity to boss somebody about, privileges we could not earn on our own, or somebody else’s money; instead of refusing and voting for someone more honest, we took the bribe.
If we want honest people to lead us, we have to be honest. We cannot use government just to get our own way. We cannot use government to make other people do what we as individuals would have no right to make them do. We cannot use government to promote our own advancement. We cannot use government to redistribute the wealth. We can only rightly use government to protect each others rights.