The opinion sections of papers and headlines of some web-based articles have been calling into play our Founding fathers and their views of what the governments role should be in the day-to-day lives our citizens.
I for one believe in the foundations this country was built upon and believe in the ideas the founders set forth and the principles they believed the government should be ruled by. In Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural speech, in the third paragraph, he states succinctly what our government’s purpose should be, especially the final third of that paragraph, shown below:
“…(W)ith all these blessings, what more is necessary to make us a happy and a prosperous people? Still one thing more, fellow-citizens—a wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities.”
Notice that he says “a wise and frugal government…”. Well, we all know that is not the case with our present politicians. Also notice the statement “…shall leave them otherwise free…”. Are we free to our own pursuits of industry and improvement, are we able to keep the fruits of our labors?
It saddens me that as each day progress’s, we see our government being less and less frugal and taking more and more of the fruits of our labor in the name of “progressiveness” and “Social Justice”. I for one, will fight, as I can within the realms of the present law, to bring back the principles that created this country of ours. I am not a “Tea Bagger” or whatever name the progressives are using now, but I am a thinking person, able to see that our government is not a government “…of the people, by the people, and for the people.” It has turned into a government of the politician, by the politicians, and for the politician.
You can read Thomas Jefferson’s first inaugural address here: