- The Constitution was designed to protect the people from the government, not empower itself.
- The Bill of Rights is the solution to the problem of government ineptness.
- The federal government alone has created a whopping $22 trillion in debt.
- Government bureaucrats are empowered to make decisions for people they don’t know or don’t even care about.
For all of America’s greatness, it’is still an experiment. Up to the time of the American Revolution, the world had been ruled by kings and monarchs. They could be oppressive and cruel. There was no freedom of speech or expression and the government could do whatever it pleased with your property, home, possessions and even food. This was a primary redress of the Declaration of Independence.
The framers designed a government they hoped was limited in its ability to be intrusive as they experienced. They understood that a government could use its power unwisely even under the guise of helping or protecting people.
Over the last hundred years, the government has transitioned from protecting liberty (wherein government actions/responsibility is constrained in favor of individual actions/responsibility) to solving the problems of society. It sounds good in theory. However, when the government grows large in order to solve problems, it ceases being productive and efficient and creates more problems than it solves.
Government Was Not Designed To Solve Our Problems
What makes the US Constitution unique in the world is that it’s designed to protect the people from the government, not empower it.
During the Revolutionary War, British soldiers quartered in homes — meaning they occupied a citizen’s private home without their permission. They forced the homeowner, at the owner’s expense, to provide for their needs such as shelter, food and clothes.
Additionally, speaking out against the King, governors and the military was an act of treason punishable by death.
So, the main problem the founding fathers saw was a big, powerful, intrusive government that had no constraints. They understood that all governments have the capacity to do more harm than good to the benefit of the government — at the expense of the citizen.
Thomas Jefferson once wrote regarding the proper role of government, “Were we directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we should soon want bread.”
Bill of Rights
The Bill of Rights is the solution to the problem of government control.
The Consitution created a limited government that provided for the basic rights of people. It was not designed for people to have all of their needs met. That responsibility fell to individuals, family, friends and neighbors. The church had a large and significant role to play in meeting people’s needs at that time, as well.
Government Creates More Problems Than It Solves
When the government creates a program to help people, it invariably creates more problems than it solves. Programs like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are well-meaning programs. However, they also create dependency upon government and incur massive amounts of spending and debt.
The federal government alone has created a whopping $23 trillion in debt. There are approximately 350 million Americans and according to one study, every American has a $240,000 debt.
In education, America spends more money than any other country in the world, yet our kids are significantly behind in math, reading and science.
How long is this sustainable?
While society and culture have changed, the laws of economics, good morals and strong ethics have not. If you spend more than you bring in for too long, or if you behave wrongly, there will be consequences.
Unfortunately, many politicians keep promising they will take care of us all — they will give us free healthcare, free college and they will pay off student debt. They, alone, will take care of us and provide restitution for bad decision making. It’s estimated that programs could cost between $75 trillion to $100 trillion.
Just as frustrating, regulatory agencies contradict one another, and businesses of all sizes must decide which they are going to pay fines to unfairly.
Government bureaucrats are making decisions for taxpayers they don’t know or even care about. The problem isn’t government employees, it’s the government that created the programs that foster and incentivizes this environment.
Where was this ever intended that government take care of society’s problems?
What Has the American Public Bought Into?
Instead of protecting liberties that allow people to make choices for themselves and live with the benefits or consequences, the government is making decisions for us all that may ultimately have dire consequences for everyone.
Our government is inept and incapable of solving most of our problems, yet we as Americans are giving it more power to create more problems it cannot solve.
America is an experiment and as such, it’s not too late to rediscover a better way of doing government. We don’t have to go back to the 1700s or 1800s. However, we shouldn’t throw it out either.
President Woodrow Wilson once said, “The concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human initiative, and therefore of human energy. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power; not the increase of it.”
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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