People in our country mostly seem to possess an innate faith in government. Probably that has evolved because, while our governments generally are unnecessarily expensive, wasteful and intrusive, they have not been overtly corrupt like so many others around the world. And most people feel that at least government means well.
But this growth of government is harmful for at least two reasons. First, government's power almost always comes at the expense of a loss of our individual freedoms and liberties, and second, the government is almost never as effective and efficient as the private sector.
Thus, people who have come here from other countries often join
The not-so-hidden reality is that big government is really good at one thing: increasing the size, power and expense of big government. But that should not be a surprise because all entities tend to look out for their own special interests and to increase their size and power.
So, just like it is natural to be skeptical about all entities in the private sector, we should logically be equally skeptical about government as well. Actually, we should be more so because only government has the inherent ability to take money, property and liberty involuntarily from those under its jurisdiction.
For example, and according to one of his own books, when he was a community organizer in Chicago,
The same is true with
The effectiveness of the private versus public side of life was fully displayed to me on our recent trip to
And now it is primarily the non-government organizations like
Newport Beach City Hall
As such, I look with alarm at the expansion of the facilities in my home city of Newport Beach as it builds a new and expensive City Hall complex. Of course we all know that this government will inevitably further expand its powers in order to justify its larger spaces, and, of course, will also increase its groping for additional funds from all of us to pay for them.
For all of these reasons, we should all be eternally grateful to our Founding Fathers, who set up a system of checks and balances to protect us from government. In fact, the most effective of these protections comes from the courts. Why? Because, if you think about it, both the executive and legislative branches of government innately respond to the political majority that elects them. This leaves the protection of individual rights and liberties mostly to the courts.
But by no means am I saying that government motives are always impure, and that it never acts effectively or in an altruistic manner. That would not only be untrue, it would also be silly.
What I am saying is that everything that is taken for granted is eventually taken away, and that is what is happening today to our individual powers, liberties and freedoms.
Thus, we must develop and maintain a constant skepticism of government. Our Constitution was ordained and established in large part to "secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity." Similarly, the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" emphasizes that "As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free."
For these commitments and for so many other reasons, all of us should say: Amen.