In PART 1 of this series, I spoke of a personal goal for government, a stable and efficient government that allows us to fulfill The Great Commission Jesus gave us, to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In PART 2, we considered the fundamental obstacle to such a goal, we are sinners. We need a government to protect our rights from each other. Yet, we cannot be trusted not to abuse the powers of our government. Therefore, to protect our family, friends, neighbors and countrymen, each of us must take part as citizens in the governing of this nation as best we can. How? We need a strategy.
Whether that strategy is of God or not depends upon how much each of us prays and the God we praise. Yet as I am not a prophet, I make no claims to divine guidance. I just propose what I hope God would approve.
The Components Of A Strategy For Good Government: The Defensive Components
Any good strategy must have both offensive and defensive components. We must identify and counter the threats that could defeat us, and we must determine how to carry the war to the enemy and defeat him.
War? Enemy? This is just about politics, right? Unfortunately, politics is a blood sport. When We the People allow them to seize the opportunity, the winners of political contests can, have, and will arrest their political opponents and kill them. The Nazis and the Communists did just that in the last century, and we have no reason to believe it could not happen here today, particularly if we do not actively work to prevent it. Therefore, we must defend ourselves.
We are the citizens of a great constitutional republic. At its best, our government is of the people, by the people, and for the people. That is, the quality of our government depends upon the quality of our participation. What does the quality of our participation depend upon? To participate appropriately in our government, we must know how the framers of our government expected it to work, we must have up-to-date and accurate information on the activities that relate to our government, and we must each figure out how we can and want to participate. We must both learn what it means to be a good citizen and how to behave as a good citizen. Instead, most of us just stand and watch on the sidelines. At best we are just a fan of some politician we think great.
Why are we such poor citizens? Instead of receiving the instruction and the information we need to be good citizens, we have allowed ourselves to be indoctrinated.
- The public school system is the primary culprit. When we raise our children, don’t we want them to learn how to be good, responsible people? Doesn’t that include being a good citizen in a constitutional republic. Even at its best, the public school system cannot teach children how to be good citizens, much less good, responsible people. That’s because our public school system provides a secular education, an education that is either devoid of values or supportive of only those values those in power deem politically correct.
- The mass media is the secondary culprit. When we listen to the mass media, we generally expect to be entertained or informed. We expect the owners of the mass media to give us the information we need because we have a choice, and they want to make a profit. We overlook the fact we are not always wise consumers of the mass media. We also forget that most of the mass media is owned by about six corporations, and the owners have their own agendas. If we were wise, we would watch and listen to only those programs we think are good in God’s eyes. We would inform ourselves to help our family, friends, and neighbors. More often we are foolish; we watch only what looks good in our own eyes. Moreover, the people who own the mass media are no wiser. They cater to our tastes, and they also seek to manipulate us, to shape our views so that we believe what they want us to believe.
How do we counter these threats. We must fight for school choice by refusing to send our children to the public schools. We must let parents, the people who most love them, choose who educates children. We must also fight to keep media ownership as diverse as possible by seeking, using, and supporting alternative sources. We cannot control how our neighbors choose to inform themselves, but we can at least strive for a meaningful choice of information sources.
Don’t Appease The Enemy: Rebuild America’s Defenses
Look around the world. Then consider the national rivalries that existed just before World War II. What was going on just before the German Nazis and the Russian Communists invaded Poland? Did we not see an array of belligerent powers arming themselves and bullying their neighbors? Were the United States, the United Kingdom, and France prepared for war when it began? Had not the nations most responsible for maintaining peace let their military forces atrophy. Did they not try to appease the belligerent powers?
Russia has invaded Georgia and the Ukraine. Russia has taken Syria’s side in the Middle East and allied itself with Iran. China has seized the China Sea, refusing to acknowledge the boundaries long set by International law. Islamic terrorists, including those backed by terrorist states such as Iran, threaten innocents around the world. Gangster-like governments of all sizes have acquired the technology to build and mass produce nuclear arms, chemical munitions, and biological weapons. And what has the United Nations done? Why it has passed a resolution condemning Israel.
War is on the horizon; it is striding our way. Can we avoid conflict? If we cannot, can we protect our family, friends, and neighbors? God only knows, but for the sake of our children, we must pray and prepare.
End The Purchase Of Your Vote
Look at The United States Constitution. Does it authorize the Federal Government to redistribute the wealth of the “rich” to the “poor”? Does it give Congress the power to set up health, education, and welfare programs? The Federal Government spends most of the money it takes from us on Social Security, Medicare (now Obamacare), education programs, Food Stamps, and so forth. Have you read The Federalist Papers? Do you know why the original 13 colonies voted for the Constitution? Can you read the Constitution, point to anything in it that authorizes most of the programs that our elected officials use as excuses to spends our money, and still keep a straight face?
Then why do our elected officials spend all that money on health, education, and welfare programs? The answer is simple. They are using our own money to buy our votes. If we want a government that we can control, then we each have to make the correct personal choice. We each have to refuse to vote for politicians who seek to bribe us with “other people’s money”.
Each of us must make a choice. Will we refuse the cocoon offered by the welfare state? Will we open our eyes? Will we accept God’s offer to be His children? Will we choose a government that exists — that empowers each citizen — to protect the rights of his family, friends, and neighbors? Or will we worship the lords of the welfare state and help human masters bind our family, friends and neighbors into submission?
To Be Continued
What will Part 4 be about? The Components Of A Strategy For Good Government: The Offensive Components.