Philosophical Musings

Philosophical Musings

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Primary function of Govt


Men naturally rebel against the injustice of which they are victims. Thus, when plunder is organized by law for the profit of those who make the law, all the plundered classes try somehow to enter -- by peaceful or revolutionary means -- into the making of laws. According to their degree of enlightenment, these plundered classes may propose one of two entirely different purposes when they attempt to attain political power: Either they may wish to stop lawful plunder, or they may wish to share in it. ~Frederic Bastiat

Justice is the central duty of any Government. Govt should protect the weak from the exploitation of the strong. It doesn't matter if the strong is a thug trying to mug you, or a foreign invader, or a greedy capitalist. The purpose of govt is to make & enforce Law to protect the citizens. In the mission statement of America, it is phrased like this:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,

If Govt does not 'secure the rights of the people by providing justice, but instead uses Law & the force of govt as an instrument of plunder & injustice, then the people have the right to alter or abolish that govt, & provide one that is better suited to meet the goal.

"Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience." ~John Locke

That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Declaration of Independence

But what is happening to America? Justice is not being served. Laws are passed to enrich govt cronies, & corruption is running rampant. Policies are made, not with the best interests of the people, but the special interests of a favored few. There is little deterrence for injustice, & the nation is systematically being weakened. Whether it is corporate favoritism, tax subsidies, cronyism fraud, or graft, govt is NOT being used as an instrument of justice, but one of plunder. Redistribution is favored, & the force of govt is being misused to plunder the people.

It is time for Americans to demand justice. It is past time for us to become indignant over the use of govt force as an instrument of plunder. If our elected representatives will not serve the people by securing our most basic right to justice, we need to remove them & install those who will. The nation is being destroyed before our very eyes. Will we stand by idly & watch its destruction? Or will we act, & demand that our govt return to it's basic function of providing justice to the citizens?

It is impossible to introduce into society a greater change and a greater evil than this: the conversion of the law into an instrument of plunder. ~Frederic Bastiat

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