Thomas Jefferson once said that, “any government big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have.” My New Years resolution is to remember and act on the meaning of the Declaration of Independence, which spoke directly to this dire warning. I start with the values upon which our nation is founded:
1. As stated in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness”.
My rights have been given me, endowed upon me and other Americans, by our Creator, not the government, a President, or any legislature. Any “right” granted by a person or government can be taken away by a subsequent person or government. And our rights and our government are limited under the Constitution, not expanded at every whim of a President or Congress.
The Declaration of Independence is resolution enough in 2014
2. The Declaration continues with: “That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the Consent of the Governed”.
Our government is a limited government that owes its authority to the governed. The constitution places the sovereignty in the people, outside of government, and the only way the people can maintain this sovereignty /control is though elections.
But as governments become too big to control, to know what it is doing, our sovereignty is in danger. Even big government supporter Barak Obama has said, when confronted with abuses by Federal agencies, that the Federal government is too big to run or to know what is happening.
The Declaration of Independence was 1,322 words; ObamaCare is 363,086 words. No one in Congress who voted for it had read it; few understand it, even today. Healthcare could have been “reformed” to a greater benefit for all people with legislation five to ten pages long. But you couldn’t create something so complex and incomprehensible that you could redistribute wealth, reward your allies and financial contributors and punish your opponents.
The government is too complex, too large, too out of control. It spies on us, tells us what to buy, tells us how to live our lives.
3. Capitalism is the greatest economic system ever created. It has taken more people out of poverty than any other economic system ever implemented.
The greatest attributes of capitalism are that transactions among and between people are voluntary and protected by law. overnment transactions are not voluntary. An entity with the power to tax, regulate, and punish people does not make voluntary transactions.
4. Government can not, and should not, pick winners and losers. It should not grant favorable tax or legal status to anyone; this includes both individuals (“social justice”) and entities, such as corporations (crony capitalism), non-profits and unions. There should be no favored industries, no market creating attempts by a government to favor one industry, one community, over others.
May we all be successful in our pursuit of life, liberty and happiness in this new year.