On The Proper Role of Government

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The federal government is clearly out of control; which begs the question: how can we reign it in?

In her article, Eliminating Waste and Controlling Government Spending. the Heritage Foundation’s, Romina Boccia, presents a simple, penetrating, strike-at-the-roots solution:

“A definition of government waste based in economic principles encompasses a much broader spectrum of government activities and is helpful as a guide to evaluating existing and new spending programs from a principled vantage point. An economic perspective should by no means be the only guide to defining the proper role of government, as other considerations, first and foremost the consent of the governed, plays the most important role in the American constitutional form of government. The consent of the governed is substantively distinct from “the will of the majority.” As explained in The Heritage Guide to the Constitution:

Any political powers not derived from the consent of the governed are, by the laws of nature, illegitimate and hence unjust.… The “consent of the governed” describes a situation in which the people are self-governing in their communities, religions, and social institutions and into which the government may intrude only with the people’s consent.… In Europe, the “will of the majority” signals an idea that all decisions are ultimately political and are routed through the government. Thus, limited government is not just a desirable objective; it is the essential bedrock of the American polity.[5]

“By both standards of measure, the federal government has overextended itself into areas that fall outside its proper domain. Eliminating government waste and controlling spending is necessary to return America to its constitutional form of government.”

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Ambition, Self-Interest, & the Debauchment of Our Political Vocabulary

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL When seeking solutions to the great political and moral test of our time in that Magnificent and Timeless Storehouse known as the American Founding Formula, with but a few notable exceptions, it is best to explore sources contemporary to that era. If not, beware the Revisionists! – men and women who have – for over a century now – debunked … Continue reading Ambition, Self-Interest, & the Debauchment of Our Political Vocabulary


A Tax is a Tax

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL In John Dickinson’s Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania, he invites his fellow citizens to beware of smokescreens found in the language of legislation. Cut through it, he advises, and get to the basic principle that lays beneath. If IT violates our rights and the constitution, oppose it. In Letter 4, published in 1765, he writes: “‘There is,’ say these … Continue reading A Tax is a Tax


Free Education: The Ploy That Captured Our Children’s Minds

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL It has been said that the most effective way to conquer a man is to capture his mind. There is no slave more devoted, no disciple more dedicated than one who has become completely obsessed with the vision of what he considers to be a great idea. Thus, education has long been a proper object of concern among both freemen … Continue reading Free Education: The Ploy That Captured Our Children’s Minds


All Immigration Plans are Not Equal

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL As America groans under a federal immigration policy that punishes states for enforcing federal law and rewards illegals for breaking it;  Ben Franklin comes to the rescue with a delightful plan he devised 162 years ago to address and solve the British policy of dumping felons on America. To the Printers of the Gazette (9 May, 1751) Franklin (as Americanus) … Continue reading All Immigration Plans are Not Equal


Remembering the Justness and Inspiration of the American Cause

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL In these “times that try men’s souls” I have witnessed many a true American, many a true Christian, and many a true man or woman of intellectual and moral integrity stand up and stand by our beloved Constitution and the the Judeo-Christian moral law – or that rock upon which our laws and liberty were founded well over two hundred … Continue reading Remembering the Justness and Inspiration of the American Cause


Constitutional Checks on Spending and Debt

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL In the Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787, George Mason of Virginia, suggested: the necessity of preventing the danger of perpetual revenue which must of necessity subvert the liberty of any Country. If it be objected to on the principle of Mr. Rutledge’s motion that public credit may require perpetual provisions, that case might be excepted: it being declared … Continue reading Constitutional Checks on Spending and Debt


A Jefferson-Styled Education

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL In my home state, and probably in yours, we often hear about the deplorable state of public education. The cure always involves more money, either to shrink classroom size, to hike administrator’s salaries, to install a few extra computers, or to build shiny new buildings. Some states even shovel some of that money back to the parents in order to … Continue reading A Jefferson-Styled Education


Party – The Last Degradation of a Free and Moral Agent

LIBERTY LETTERS WITH STEVE FARRELL Years ago, a statesmen I revere, warned his fellow freedom fighters if they ever hoped to be truly effective in this battle, they “must be devoted to sound principles in word and deed”, and that means they must be men and women who put “principle above party”. He was right. A century and a half earlier, Thomas Jefferson, who, though … Continue reading Party – The Last Degradation of a Free and Moral Agent


Getting the ‘Story’ Right on the First Amendment

LIBERTY LETTERS, JUSTICE JOSEPH STORY, 1833 What did the Founders mean by the protections in favor of religious liberty in the Bill of Rights? Was the object freedom of religion, or as is held by some today, freedom from religion? In 1833, Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, a man contemporary to the Founding Fathers, and who by now had been serving on the Supreme Court … Continue reading Getting the ‘Story’ Right on the First Amendment


Love, Duty, & the Power of Small Things

LIBERTY LETTERS, JOHN DICKINSON, 1767 One of the marvels, if not miracles, of the American War for Independence is the purity of motive found among those Founders who led and fought it – a purity of motive linked to faith in God, to their conviction that God gave man moral agency with the intent that he live free, that so far as the cause of … Continue reading Love, Duty, & the Power of Small Things


Common Sense vs. Kings

LIBERTY LETTERS, THOMAS PAINE, 1776 As the current President of the United States continues on a course that resembles the attitudes and actions of a king more than a president, or more specifically of a tyrant (one who rules arbitrarily) than a king (one, who thou powerful, nevertheless subjects himself and his administration to the law and its limits), one cannot help but recall that … Continue reading Common Sense vs. Kings


Not License, Leveling, or Democracy

LIBERTY LETTERS, MADISON, JEFFERSON, TUCKER It can never be taught too often, nor too loud and clear to family and friend, educator and politician: license is not true liberty, leveling of income not true equality, democracy never the intent of our Forefather’s republic. 2,500 plus years ago, we read in Plato’s “Republic” of that diabolical “democratic man”, or a man inordinately fixated on his beloved … Continue reading Not License, Leveling, or Democracy


Thomas Paine on Just War

LIBERTY LETTERS, THOMAS PAINE In his 1776 bestseller “Common Sense”, Thomas Paine cautions his fellow Americans that “a long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.” Is the six decade old American policy of interventionism, or that policy which searches out and wages war upon nations … Continue reading Thomas Paine on Just War


Providential Role of the People of this Country

Liberty Letters Quote of the Day, Alexander Hamilton

It has been frequently remarked that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country, by their conduct and example, to decide the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.

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