Ezra Benson . In general terms, therefore, the proper role of government includes such defensive activities You say, “It can’t happen here. Government is a creation of the people and ought to be subservient to them. We need to be wary of giving centralized government too much power. The proper role of government [Ezra Taft Benson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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Unless the people bake one loaf of bread for each citizen, the government cannot guarantee that each will have one loaf to eat. I especially love the examples about how taking from one group and giving to another is really legalized plunder. Thomas Paine, back in the days of the American Revolution, explained that: It is significant that in actuality the Russian people have few of the rights supposedly hhe to them in their constitution, while the American people have them in abundance even though they are not guaranteed.

On the surface this may sound heartless and insensitive to the needs of those less fortunate individuals who are found in any society, no matter how affluent.

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Reaffirm our faith in all things for which true Americans have always stood. No man possesses such power to delegate.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. In conjunction with studying this, I highly recommend either reading or listening to a speech given by Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and fzra who has studied extensively the idea of giving.

Thomas Jefferson understood this principle ezrx well and explained it this way: Open Preview See a Problem? Man is superior to government and should remain master over it, not the other way around.


The Proper Role of Government by Ezra Taft Benson

The economic and social cannibalism produced by this communist-socialist idea will destroy any society which adopts it and clings to it as a basic principle – ANY society. Suppose pioneer “A” wants another horse for his wagon, He doesn’t have the money to buy one, but since pioneer “B” has an extra horse, he decides that he is entitled to share in his neighbor’s good fortune, Is he entitled to take his neitake his neighbor’s horse?

Consumers demand price controls, and industry gets protective tariffs. If we accept the premise that human rights are granted by government, then we must be willing to accept the corolla must be willing to accept the corollary that they can be denied by government. Verlan Anderson is included after the Benson article. It stands to reason that the government itself has no innate power or privilege to do anything. I can now see more clearly why it takes a moral, educated people to be governed by our Constitution.

The sheriff now does for them only what they had a right to do for themselves – nothing more. These are the guidelines which determine, now and in the future, my attitudes and actions toward all domestic proposals and projectsals and projects of government. It is impossible t discover any origin of rights otherwise than in the tafh of man; it consequently follows that rights appertain to man in right of his existence, and tafr therefore be equal to every man.

This article was published in That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving bsnson just powers from the consent of the governed. A website devoted to helping people understand that the principles of freedom and liberty vouchsafed by the United States Constitution were inspired by God, and are for the benefit of all mankind.

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The Proper Role of Government

This is a quick read but you will want to spend some time with it because it is so meaty. He was hospitalized in and with pneumonia. Should be required reading for every American, it will impact the way you see so much of what our government undertakes.

Obviously, they cannot give that which they do not possess. These things I believe to be the proper role of government. Ov fact that he marks competing political ideas as “cancer” that have to be cut off from the political body is off putting and reminds me of the language that totalitarian regimes use to discredit their political enemies.

In closing I wish to refer you to the words of the patriot Thomas Paine, whose writings helped so much to stir into a flaming spirit the smoldering embers of patriotism during the days of the American Revolution:. The timely joining together of these three factors may make it entirely possible for us to reverse the trend.

The author shows very clearly the fundamentals of government and compares the good–the proper roles of government–with the bad–the improper roles that have entrenched themselves in modern America. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.