This article is from an address of June 26, at a meeting of the National Association of Counties Officials.
Proper Role of Government "There are certain basic principles regarding the proper role of government. If principles are correct, then they can be applied to any specific proposal with confidence The true statesman values principle above popularity, and works to create popularity for those political principles which are wise and just.
They are applicable and reliable determinants whether the situations with which we deal are simple or complicated. There is always a right and wrong to every question which requires our solution.
Unlike the political opportunist, the true statesman values principle above popularity, and works to create popularity for those political principles which are wise and just. The great Thomas Jefferson asked: That they are not to be violated but with his wrath?
There are only two possible sources. Rights are either God-given as part of the Divine Plan, or they are granted by government as part of the political plan.
Reason, necessity, tradition and religious convictions all lead me to accept the divine origin of these rights.
If we accept the premise that human rights are granted by government, then we must be willing to accept the corollary that they can be denied by government.
I, for one, shall never accept that premise. As the French political economist, Frederick Bastiat, phrased it so succinctly, "Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.
Obviously, they cannot give that which they do not possess. So, the question boils down to this. What powers properly belong to each and every person in the absence of and prior to the establishment of any organized governmental form?
But, it is a question which is vital to an understanding of the principles which underlie the proper function of government. By deriving its just powers from the governed, government becomes primarily a mechanism for defense against bodily harm, theft and involuntary servitude. It cannot claim the power to redistribute the wealth or force reluctant citizens to perform acts of charity against their will.
Government is created by man. No man possesses such power to delegate. The creature cannot exceed the creator. In general terms, therefore, the proper role of government includes such defensive activities, as maintaining national military and local police forces for protection against loss of life, loss of property, and loss of liberty at the hands of either foreign despots or domestic criminals.
For in all the states of created beings, capable of laws, where there is no law there is no freedom.
But a liberty to dispose and order freely as he lists his person, actions, possessions, and his whole property within the allowance of those laws under which he is, and therein not to be subject to the arbitrary will of another, but freely follow his own.
I regard this inspired document as a solemn agreement between the citizens of this nation which every officer of government is under a sacred duty to obey. As Washington stated so clearly in his immortal Farewell Address: First, the community or city.
If the city cannot handle it, then the county. Next, the state; and only if no smaller unit can possible do the job should the federal government be considered.
It is well to remember that the states of this republic created the Federal Government. The Federal Government did not create the states. In particular I am opposed to any attempt on the part of the Federal Government to deny the people their right to bear arms, to worship and pray when and where they choose, or to own and control private property.The proper role of dive guides is not to keep you safe, but rather to assess the safety and suitability of the dive site and act as a tour guide.
With the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia, many Americans have begun to ask: What is the proper role of a judge?
For Justice Scalia, a judge should interpret law, not make it. He held this view because he believed, as many of us still do, in American democracy.
To be sure, there are times when this principle of the proper role of government is most annoying and inconvenient. If I could only FORCE the ignorant to provided for themselves, or the selfish to be generous with their wealth! THE PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT. Excerpts from the article by The Honorable Ezra Taft Benson, Former Secretary of Agriculture.
GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE BASED UPON SOUND PRINCIPLES. Second, Richard Mack's "The Proper Role of Law Enforcement" has virtually nothing to do with what the title implies. Third, this is NOT a book but an article which would fit Reviews: 3. The proper role of government in a free society is to protect.
Not to guide, not to regulate, certainly not to control. > That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governe.