Honor and Virtue: The keys to good government

It is honor, and virtue that is sorely missing in our nation today, for that matter the entire world. There is a streak of dishonesty that dots the landscape in our nation. We face a leviathan of assaults and threats to our freedoms from men and women that hold power positions that we gave them. The sad part is, many of those men and women took power in government with the express purpose of taking from many while giving it to others and they were open about it. Many of our people could care less where money comes from as long as they are on the receiving end.

Honor and virtue is vacant from our government today all across the nation from the ground up. Good people are needed who have the qualities of honesty and virtue who realize that they serve the people and that the people are their rulers. Good government listens to the people and performs within the bounds of their Charters, State Constitutions and the U.S. Constitution. The people should realize that government is a necessary instrument to ensure civility and that their freedoms are protected. Lawmakers should also realize that it is the people they serve not the other way around.

When honor, and virtue disappear from the landscape, so too will our liberty. The hour is late and I pray the people will “see” their pending doom and turnaround before it’s too late.


Four Branches: Legislative Executive Judicial and Bureaucratic?

The Framers of the U.S. Constitution split the federal government into three distinct but equal segments. The reason was to provide checks and balances so as to prevent all powers from centralizing into one segment, to keep a central government from overshadowing states authority and rights. A built-in protection mechanism to keep government from becoming all powerful over the people it was established to serve.

The colonies, having barely extracted themselves from English rule years earlier, realized that history was littered with abuses from an all-powerful central government, so their plan seemed sound.  However, starting with President Woodrow Wilson’s Administration a new course was about to take root:

Some citizens of this country have never got beyond the Declaration of Independence . . . . The Declaration of Independence did not mention the questions of our day. It is of no consequence to us. [Progressive]

All that progressives ask or desire is permission—in an era when ‘development,’ ‘evolution,’ is the scientific word—to interpret the Constitution according to the Darwinian principle; all they ask is recognition of the fact that a nation is a living thing and not a machine. [Progressive]

This new course, of a growing overreaching government got an enormous boost when FDR, through Supreme Court Appointments, perverted the Commerce clause in the Constitution. The Commerce clause was inserted into the Constitution originally to ensure free interstate trade among the states by not stopping the flow in or out. But FDR finally got his ruling from the court citing that Interstate Commerce also included Intrastate, regulating every aspect of commerce among individuals and businesses within state boundaries.

Regulating intrastate commerce requires a larger bureaucracy and it has long since blossomed into a leviathan of a governing body, a machine that regulates our lives with hundreds of thousands of rules and regulations. Regulations that no one knows just how many there are. These governmental agencies write their way into your daily life and have been doing so bit by bit for decades. Even the employees of this insane bureaucracy receive pay and benefits which on average far outweigh most private citizen’s wages. What the Framers feared from a centralized power in a government has come to an unsettling reality.

Congress has done little to nothing to stop this massive all-powerful governmental body from its growth and reach. Instead, congress has virtually passed on most of its legislative authority to govern, giving it instead to unelected bureaucrats that have no business being in your business or the states. Enter the fourth branch of government!

The outcome of over-regulation is felt even more so today, with all the meddling of the economy inside of state’s borders where the federal government’s reach does not belong. Even the states are no stranger to bloated bureaucracies.

The federal bureaucracy is grossly out of bounds and has been slowly killing off jobs for years, while congress is all too willing to raise your taxes to feed the monster.

In the end it’s mostly about power and money and less about good government you pay for.