Monday, June 30, 2008

The Role of Government

Let us think back - far back, so far back you can't remember, so far back you have to read about it... I am talking about the Premortal Existence. We know that there was a Council and that the major purpose of the Council was to announce the Father's Plan of Salvation and to determine who would become the Savior of mankind. We know of two that stepped forward to volunteer: Jehovah and Lucifer. In Moses 3:1-2 we read that Lucifer wanted to COERCE us into obeying Father and not one soul would be lost, in return Lucifer would demand God's glory.

We see a pattern on earth that follows Lucifer's example. People wanting to COERCE us into doing good (or what THEY deem is good) and in return they gain in power and glory - at least in the temporary, earthly sphere. Often these people are in public office. They want to force you feed the hungry, clothe the naked, bind up the wounds of the afflicted, and save the planet. Is it not a righteous and worthy cause to feed the hungry? So what is so wrong about government welfare? What really is the role of government?

Going back to the Council in Heaven we see that all mankind is given 2 gifts from God. The God given gifts should be protected at all costs. Those gifts are Agency (our FREEDOM to choose and act) and our physical bodies. The role of government should be to protect those gifts - to protect us from harm and to preserve the rights and freedoms of its citizens. We also all have property and that is another function of the government is to protect our property. These are rights and freedoms we are all born with and many times mankind strives to take those away.

The US government was created and given power by the people and for the people. We shouldn't allow it to become greater than its creators. Unfortunately it already has. We must still work to prevent the government from getting even more bureaucratic and overburdened. We are continually losing more and more personal freedoms. Many times when it comes time to vote it is difficult to determine what is right or wrong. It does help to ask yourself one question and that is "do I have the right to force my neighbor to do X, Y, or Z?" If you don't then how can the government that derives its power from its citizens have the right to do so? We have the right to protect our freedoms, lives, and properties and so we can collectively transfer those rights to the government. We can't collectively transfer power that we don't have as individuals. Can I force my neighbor to use bio fuels or switch to fluorescent lights? If I can't then how I can I authorize the government to do so? It is against the laws of God and it defies the inspired document that is the ultimate authority in this great land - The Constitution of the United States.

We must chose liberty, we must stop delegating our responsibilities to others via the government. We must say no to coercion like we did in the Council so long ago.

Patrick Henry said at the end of his speech March 23, 1775, "Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

Nephi wrote, "Wherefore, men are free according to the flesh; and all things are given them which are expedient unto man. And they are free to choose liberty and eternal life, through the great Mediator of all men, or to choose captivity and death, according to the captivity and power of the devil; for he seeketh that all men might be miserable like unto himself. "

If we think the planet needs saving then we can do it ourselves. If we think that the hungry need feed then we can do it with our time and energy or by donating to charities we deem worthy. If we don't like cigarette smoke then we can go to establishments that don't allow smoking. But don't force me to do it and don't force my neighbors to do it. I would rather have my tax dollars go towards paying for national defense, and police force, and border patrol, etc than towards special interests, bureaucracies, and the pockets of others.

What do you think the role of government should be? Do you agree or disagree with limited government?


Friday, June 27, 2008

Government is the problem - thanks Reagan, you're the man!

If you haven't ever heard or read Ronald Reagan's First inaugural Address it is truly insightful. I whole-heartedly agree with his comments and I can't say it any better than he did:

"Those who do work are denied a fair return for their labor by a tax system which penalizes successful achievement and keeps us from maintaining full productivity.

But great as our tax burden is, it has not kept pace with public spending. For decades we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children's future for the temporary convenience of the present. To continue this long trend is to guarantee tremendous social, cultural, political, and economic upheavals.

You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we're not bound by that same limitation? We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow. And let there be no misunderstanding: We are going to begin to act, beginning today.

The economic ills we suffer have come upon us over several decades. They will not go away in days, weeks, or months, but they will go away. They will go away because we as Americans have the capacity now, as we've had in the past, to do whatever needs to be done to preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom.

In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."

What are your views on big government?


The Purpose

I am sure that most people that will read this blog, especially in its inception, will be family and friends. It is my hope that others outside that circle will come to find this blog as well. I want to share with anyone that has an ear to listen my views on current events. It is my electronic soap box and the subject matter will vary from post to post. I may post snippets of my personal and family life and tidbits of my occupation. The bulk of what is posted here will be political views. Certainly as I am very religious my Christian views will be heavily seen as well.

Politically I am a registered Republican that is fed up with my party. The party leaders stray to far these days. I haven't any answers as yet to correct that except to voice my opinion when I vote and to share my thoughts with others - hence the birth of this blog. My views by many are considered ultra conservative. I consider myself to be a minimalist when it comes to government at any level. And at the Federal level the 'minimum' that needs to be met is the Constitution of the United States.

Case in point, I don't smoke, I hate breathing smoke, and I am in fact an asthmatic. With that said, Local governments go too far by enforcing non smoking laws. I know that they are popular where we live in a heavily populated LDS city, BUT this nation is about freedoms. Let us govern ourselves. If people complain to the management of an establishment enough about too much cigarette smoke then they will regulate smokers themselves. We DO NOT need government oversight using tax dollars and other resources to regulate smokers. Ours is supposed to be a government of the people, and sure it was the people that voted for the nonsmoking law here in Mesa, AZ, but again that is why I have this soapbox - to share with others why I think we need to better evaluate the decisions we make when we are going to vote. No smoking everywhere in town is great! But what is the cost? Less freedom for us and more control given to the government. We are all too ready all too often to give away our freedoms that so many have died and suffered to secure and protect.