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Suppose you made $50,000 a year but your family was spending $60,000, do you think you might have a family meeting real quick and try to figure out a way to cut spending?  Then suppose your teenage son says: “Hey, don’t worry.  We’ve got credit cards.”

This is a picture of our government on a smaller scale.  This is not limited to the federal government, but this is the focus here.

The biggest indicators that our government has gone wrong in its focus and priorities is the massive debt that it has accumulated relatively recently in our nation’s history and the fact that it shows no signs of changing that.

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The response of the Democrats is always to raise taxes and never to cut spending (unless it is for the military), and never to ask if maybe the government has gone off course.

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Republicans usually focus on lowering taxes and hoping that this causes an increase in jobs and economic activity that leads to overall higher tax revenues.

But very few people talk about cutting spending, apart from obvious wasteful spending.  And none of them are Democrats. They don’t believe in cutting government spending.  And nobody is asking if our priorities and the whole direction of our government has gone astray.

So, what is the correct course of government, and how do we know it?

The answer, of course, is found in our founding documents: the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, particularly the Preamble, which addresses this question.

Consider this quote from 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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — 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.”

Note four things here:

1)         God gave people certain unalienable rights, rights that precede government and that government cannot take away.

2)         People form governments for the purpose of securing those rights.  The definition of ‘secure’ from the Webster dictionary of that time has an interesting definition:

“To make certain; to put beyond hazard. Liberty and fixed laws secure to every citizen due protection of person and property. The first duty and the highest interest of men is to secure the favor of God by repentance and faith, and thus to secure to themselves future felicity.

Government, our government, exists to see that we enjoy those rights and to protect us from those that would take them away.

3)         The government’s power comes from the consent of the people.  The government has no right to force things on people and then to tell them to like it.

4)         The paramount goal of the government is to effect the safety and happiness of its people.

When was the last time you felt happy over our government?   The word ‘happiness’ was used a lot in the early writings of our country to describe the people living in our country.  It’s definitely not used today as our people are encouraged to protest every perceived injustice, every disagreement, every variance from a particular vision of how things should be.  I should add that, yes, it is the Democrats who are encouraging this unrest.

So, what changed?

One very big thing that changed is that our government is now more concerned about the people coming to our country than the ones who are already here.  Again, it is primarily Democrat who push this.  Even when they are a minority in Congress, they often get what they want, because they make the most commotion.

Why are they more concerned about the people who might come here rather than those who are already here?  Simple answer: votes.

It’s easier to get new immigrants to vote for a government that is constantly offering them things that don’t cost them anything and that depend on higher taxes on other people than to vote for a government that just offers them freedom.  They don’t know what true freedom is or where it comes from.  They didn’t learn it in their old countries, and we certainly don’t teach it to them here.

We no longer teach our immigrants what the United States is all about, its foundation, the core beliefs behind our liberty, that our freedoms come from a belief in God as found in the Bible.  We are being told constantly that we are a secular nation with no distinct American value system or culture that we believe is better than any other culture.

And again, it is the Democrats who most strongly oppose teaching new immigrants the foundation of our country.  Besides considering all the cultures of these other countries as equal to our own, they are quite content to do away with the unalienable rights given to us by God and to stick with rights given to us by the government.  There is a big difference between the two that we will talk about at another time.

Many countries in Europe today are being flooded with immigrants.  There are a lot of other countries a lot closer to where they came from, but they don’t offer the benefits that these European countries do.  When I say benefits, I don’t mean advantages.  I mean benefits as in total monetary value of assistance.  It’s like they, and we, are paying people to move here.  For Democrats, it’s essentially paying people for their vote.

Yes, we are a nation of immigrants, but when we give them more money in benefits than they can make in their home countries working, of course, you’re going to have far more people trying to come here than you would otherwise and not in the mold of the immigrants of old..  In the ‘old days’ of immigration, they came with nothing, we gave them nothing but freedom, and they then made something out of nothing.

All those immigrants in the past that made us what we are today didn’t get thousands of dollars a year in benefits.  We had jobs then, but then the government in its arrogant infinite wisdom sent the jobs to other countries.  Again, our government was caring more for other nations than its own people.

So the first step to getting our government on the right course is to expect it to think of the happiness of its citizens more than that of people who are not.  That statement will be construed by Democrats as being selfish and uncaring, but thinking of the happiness of its own citizens is the reason government exists in the first place.

It’s like you hired someone to cut your grass, but they cut your neighbor’s grass instead and sent you the bill.  You can pay it if you want, but nobody should expect you to. But your grass still isn’t cut.  So you have to hire somebody else to cut your grass.  If our government won’t do what it was formed to do, then maybe it’s time for a new one.

If the people alive today had lived during the time of the War for Independence, there never would have been a revolution.  And if the people alive then were alive today, there already would have been another one.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author and are not not necessarily either shared or endorsed by iPatriot.com.

Larry Craig

concerned citizen

 

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