The founding principles of our nation were designed around individual liberty and limited government intervention. In today’s language our founders were simply saying to the world and future politicians in America: Mind Your Own Business! The founders knew that a robust federal government was the biggest threat to the burgeoning nation. The founders had lived the disaster of centralized government that was intent on crushing individual liberty. They knew a government of the people, by the people, and for the people would not be easy but it would be worth it. They knew it was time for a different and new approach.
I am reading a great history book about the ratification arguments at the state conventions, and the arguments could be summed up as a healthy and passionate skepticism for the need of any central government, never mind a powerful intrusive federal government. I know what you’re thinking, “who the heck reads books like that!” but I do and I love it! I feel like I should have lived in that time period! The bottom line is we are looking at a complete reversal of the founding principles in today’s political environment.
Every time there is a national incident the call goes out “what is the government going to do about that? (place issue here)” It is a result of historical ignorance of the founding principles our government was built around. Except for making pot illegal, too many in the younger generation believe the government has a role in every issue without question. It is assumed that the government has a role in everything. It is not just the young; many in the “baby boomer” generation have accepted the intrusion of the federal government. Otherwise how did we get federal regulations that limit our toilet flushes and light bulbs we use in our lamps?
The one thing I have noticed as a result of the current Obama administration’s attempt to transform America from the individual to the state, is a renewed interest in our Constitution. There has been so much lawlessness in this administration that Americans instinctively feel something is not right. The economy is being smothered in regulation creating less opportunity, the federal government takeover of the greatest healthcare system in the world is quickly changing the system into a mess of regulation and chaos, and the thousands of environmental regulations limiting the production of energy that fuels our economy is stagnating job growth. The list of federal government intrusion is at a crescendo!
The founders knew this would be the result if they didn’t limit the federal government’s role in the US Constitution. The problem is they expected Americans to be as passionate about protecting their individual liberty as they were. That doesn’t seem to be the case anymore although it may be growing. We should return to the founding principles and simply follow the chant of Federal Government “Mind Your Own Business!”
Or we could simply hold the government to the limits in the law of the land the US Constitution. Now that would be a novel idea!