I believe that most of the problems facing this country at all levels of government derive from unprincipled citizens electing unprincipled leaders – the blind leading the blind.
When I say “unprincipled”, I mean people who do not understand – or people who reject – the principles of the American form of government: constitutional government. Mind you, unprincipled does not mean “unscrupulous”. Nevertheless, the unscrupulous can easily take advantage of the unprincipled. It is a dangerous combination.
Many people think tea partiers and property rights wonks are a bunch of anarchists. We do not want anarchy; we want the level of limited government that will maximize liberty and justice for all. We believe humans are happiest when we are free to make our own decisions and take responsibility for our own lives.
In the chart below, you can see that self-determination coincides with maximum liberty.
suffers in a totalitarian state, as it does in a state of anarchy. We are called “far
right” because in recent decades, the political window has moved so far to the
left. We actually want something closer to the center.
|This chart is not to scale -- assuming a scale even exists. It is merely to illustrate the relationships being discussed here.|
Red is on the far left (of course), and violet is on the far right. Yellow-green is optimal.
Government derives its just authority from the consent of the governed. Our constitutions and charters are the official specifications for our government. They are the instruments of all government authority. Any regime that distorts or disregards the documents that they swore an oath to uphold and defend are untrustworthy and dangerous. It is crucial that we adhere to these documents, or amend them as needed, with the consent of the governed.
The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground. ~ Thomas Jefferson
Elected leaders: I am sure that you have doubts from time to time about some of the votes you cast in session – where you might go either way. When that happens, I would only ask that you please give liberty the benefit of the doubt.