My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.

Thomas Jefferson

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We are a federal republic, with autonomous states.  We are not intended to be a central government with all power and authority vested in it.

Power and authority rests closer to the citizen in the autonomous states.  The locality and its citizens matter – all problems are in some real way local, where people reside.

When each state and locality tackles its problems, it creates a fertile template for innovation and “best practices,” is more efficient, less wasteful and less costly.

Indeed, all power not expressly devolved to the federal apparatus is reserved to the states and all power given to either the states or the federal apparatus rest with the sovereigns (the lawful American citizen) as they derive that sovereignty from the grant and grace of God.

This is who we are.  This is our heritage.

But alas the Democrat Party of the Left takes a different view and so doing changes who we are, and reduces the citizen to serf (insignificant pawns) in favor of securing power and a lifetime career of controlling others – those once free Americans.

From the Great Depression to the present we have got it wrong, and power has been transferred to the federal apparatus while states and citizens have been ever more captive to the workings of centralized power.  Yes, a stage ripe for tyranny and a loss of liberty.

Most bad government comes from too much government.

A strong nation requires a strong and virtuous people: a citizenry that cares more about equal responsibility than equal rights, who rely on a sovereign God and live in that reality.

Anything less does not live in faith, within a balanced budget or a free enterprise system, with the sanctity of marriage, family, children and the unborn, with respect for private property and one another, in community with civil discourse; nor does it live by the maxim that each generation is responsible for discharging the debt it has accumulated.

We face today not just foreign threat and domestic infiltration – but a fundamental question of who we are, and who we will be?

Will we live as we were constructed to live by our Founders, or will we radically change who we are?

Will God be welcomed and at the center of our understanding of our citizenship and our responsibilities?

Will we be, individually and collectively, neighbors who watch out for one another?

Strong and honest?  Courageous?  Humble?  Thankful?  Hard working? Responsible?

Grateful to be alive and be an American?  Willing to stand up to those who wish our demise, our captivity, our destruction?

Think about it.  We are at a crossroads.

Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?  Forbid it, Almighty God.

Patrick Henry

Shalom.

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