Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The key to good government.....
When was the last time you saw incredibly well behaved children? Someone "dressed" to travel? Or a congressman who kept his pants zipped? Sadly, for most of us, we have never personally witnessed any of these occurrences. Why? Because our country is no longer of country of self-government.
Once upon a time, citizens of our fabled nation put great personal pride in their ability to self-govern. Their children were well mannered, their homes and business well run and their elected officials chosen based on their concept and execution of self-government. In fact, the great men that founded and shaped our country wove the underpinnings of our nation around the foundation of self-government. Freedom, they reasoned, belonged to a group of people who chose to govern themselves. Government was, in fact, created to protect the freedoms of a self-governing populace.
Our government has expanded in direct proportion to our abandonment of self-government. Throughout the years, we have shrugged off the shackles of conventional self-government in favor of ease, comfort and abdication of responsibility. We no longer teach our children to be disciplined in their habits, rather we just put up with them until they are someone else's problem. We can't be bothered to put our clothes on to go to town when pajamas and sweat pants are so much more comfortable. Why would we want to discipline ourselves to only spending what we make when we can shift our financial burdens to our neighbors? As a nation, we have become complacent and lazy. We no longer govern ourselves and as a result, the machine that is our government, is more than willing to do it for us.
Make no mistake, we are our government. If we don't balance our budget as a nation, it is because we don't balance our checkbooks as a family. If our congressmen act like children - screaming, throwing temper tantrums and sulking, it is because we allow our children to scream, throw temper tantrums and sulk. If the leaders of this country can't keep their pants on, it is because, we, as a nation, have no concept of fidelity in our own homes. If our government is run amok, it is because we have allowed ourselves to run amok. We don't govern our own selves so how can we expect other, undisciplined people to govern us?
Good government starts in our homes. It starts in expecting ourselves to govern our own actions so that nobody else has to. It starts with us teaching our children to govern themselves. It starts by exerting internal controls so that external controls are not required. Only when our people begin to govern themselves, can we hope to restore the freedoms that we so long for. A free people is a self-governed people. Without reestablishing our self-government, we are destined to be at the mercy of corrupt government. Self-government is not for the weak. It is for the strong-minded, rugged, freedom loving American. It is past time we left our complacent and lazy selves behind and begin an era of freedom - freedom based on self-government.