Strong local self-government is the keystone to preserving human freedom
The founders believed that a free people who are close to and made part of its rule-making body, produces community involvement, charitable initiatives and an opportunity for the individual to be heard (even if they are at odds with the majority). A personal connection to one’s community – its norms and rules – is a human way to motivate personal responsibility. By natural law self-reliance begets freedom, just as freedom begets self-reliance.
When government is focused in a centralized manner, decision-making is made by far away officials who are routinely out of reach and out of touch with the people, yet their decisions affect the freedom of each non-suspecting person. In 2015, the people have little influence in government decision making coming directly from Washington DC, and little need for self-reliance. When jobs are scarce, more and more people rely on government subsidies to survive. They become bored, broke and trapped in a vicious cycle of dependency.
For lack of funding to pay for mandated bills, municipalities are at the mercy of state funding, who in turn are at the mercy of federal funding, so at the end of the day, the individual is forced to follow the laws enforced by a centralized government who have no interest in preserving or even hearing about the people’s liberty. A predicament our founders warned us about.
Bold action is needed to reduce the size, money and control of the government, from federal to state, to county, to town levels. The local level is likely the only level to effect change initially and move outward. Gathering family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to inform, articulate, prepare, and move an agenda that keeps the government simple and the people free and in charge of their own lives, families, and livelihood is an effective way to initiate reform.
What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? The generalizing and concentrating all cares and powers into one body, no matter whether of the autocrats of Russia or France, or of the aristocrats of a Venetian senate. — Thomas Jefferson
Since the beginning of time, the family has been the foundation of society. The family is simple pleasure, natural and joyful, said De Tocqueville in his book Democracy in America. John Locke noted that men and women are to be treated equally under God’s law, and while they may have different roles in life, they share all rights in common. He said that parents have a natural duty and responsibility to take care of and inform the minds of their offspring, and likewise children have a natural duty and responsibility to honor and obey their parents. Benjamin Franklin, emphasizing the importance of marriage, described it as a union in which “men are most likely to find solid happiness.” The founders were clear in their thoughts about the family – in that no government authority could interfere with legitimate family relations.
Today most officials have not only abandoned the integrity of the family but are willfully and wrongfully breaking families apart. Pursuant to four separate and unique federal laws, the government gave the state the authority to regulate family life. For decades now, the people, pleased to be in the comfort of their own homes either, unaware, unaffected, or unmoved, sit back and do nothing while the federal government implements a $46 billion a year – and growing – tax payer funded scheme that, under the guise of child protection, places a price tag on each American child’s head.
For each child removed from a family, whether the removal was lawful or not, federal funding is sent to the states to pay the expense of the care and custody of the child in state’s care, including but not limited to psychiatric care and psychotropic drugs, medical care, counseling costs, and legal costs in pursuing termination of parental rights, oftentimes based on false allegations, distorted facts, potential of harm, and impermissible hearsay before a sole judge and without the benefit of a jury trial. For each child adopted out within 18 months of child abduction, the state receives a separate cash bonus. (For a fit parent, terminating their parental rights is tantamount to a death sentence.) Inevitably each year our representatives go to Washington DC adding more children to the list that need “protection” to be eligible for increased funding.
It will be appreciated that the strength and stability of the family is of such vital importance to the culture that any action by the government to debilitate or cause dislocation in the normal trilateral structure of the family becomes, not merely a threat to the family involved, but a menace to the very foundations of society itself. — John Locke