Sunday, November 07, 2004

Good Government

A Fundamental Reformation of We the People
Stephen the Plebeian

Good government is wise and frugal. It restrains men, and women,
from injuring one another, but otherwise leaves them alone to manage their own living, to enjoy their Godly freedoms, to prosper in their lawful pursuits of happiness; leaves them alone to thrive in their just liberties, to delight in their own fruits, the profits, of their own labor and industry.
Good government establishes and maintains equal, legitimate justice under the ethical rule of law. Justice that is blind to color, blind to race, blind to base doctrine, blind to wealth, power and prestige, blind to the petty differences and contemptible creeds of humanity; but justice that is never blind to the truth.
There is no hypocrisy or demagoguery in good government. There are no Machiavellian princes of power daily discrediting their oath of office, disparaging the common good of the people. In good government, such villains are indicted, impeached, and removed by an established system that daily strives for truth and justice, demanding the highest moral and ethical integrity in all public servants. The liar, the perjurer, the embezzler, those who peddle the powers and influences of office for personal profit and gain, all those contemptible public enemies who disguise themselves as public servants, are not tolerated in good government.
Good government, with wisdom and prudence, curtails it's bureaucracies. It polices them daily to eliminate, wherever humanly possible, waste, mismanagement and corruption. Thereby it alleviates, and lessens, the inherent tax burden of those bureaucracies, lifting those unwarranted burdens off the good shoulders of the people.
Good government does not steal bread from the mouths of labor. Neither does it oppress the children of labor. It encourages, and rewards the hard work and success of it's good citizens - mostly by leaving them alone - it does not overly manipulate, or unduly regulate, the private sector. It does not impress it's people into a deplorable system of dependent servitude, it frees them to pursue their natural propensity for success, it encourages them to achieve, to excel, it does not impede their progress or stifle their initiative, it protects them and their hard won affluence. Good government procures, and maintains, equality of opportunity, in education, and in all endeavors of society, for the common good of it's people.
Good government, with wisdom and forethought, practices social, physical and moral responsibility. The policies and initiatives of good government are logical, workable and affordable. It will maintain a social conscience of prudence and thrift, it will balance it's budgets, reduce it's deficits, minimize and honor it's debts. It will manage the public assets, openly and honestly, in such a manner that will strengthen and honor the public trust. When there are legitimate surpluses, it will return the benefit of those surpluses to the hard working productive people from whence it came. The simplest, wisest, most economically prudent means of accomplishing this is to quickly, effectively lessen the tax burdens of all citizens. In good government there is no taxation without legitimate justification.
Good government does not segregate it's people into opposing factions, it does not stir up strife and enmity between various groups of it's citizens, it does not promote contention among the economic, social, religious or secular classes. Good government does not disparage it's own people. It lifts them up by good example and good leadership to aspire to that "MORE PERFECT UNION, WHERE THE BLESSINGS OF GOD FALL AS RIGHTEOUS RAIN, AND THE TREES OF JUSTICE, LIBERTY, AND LIFE FLOURISH UPON THE GOOD LAND".
Good government is a good neighbor to other peoples and other nations. Protecting it's own, defending it's friends, standing strong and firm against it's enemies, it's goodness and justness are established at home - then spread abroad to promote peace and prosperity among all peoples.
All this is the doctrine of good government, all this that is necessary to close, and preserve, the circle of our felicities, our highest happiness.
In these United States of America today, there is no doubt that we need a reformation of good government. But the question is, who is responsible? The answer is, good citizen, look in the mirror, you are responsible!
In this great and mighty democratic republic of representative government, the ultimate authority, and responsibility, to govern rightly and justly will always rest squarely upon the shoulders of we the people. For every right we claim we must realize a responsibility, for every liberty we enjoy we must shoulder an obligation. We will have the government that we deserve, and it will be no better than we are.
We the people must not commit the sins of ignorance, apathy, complacency, and mediocrity. We must not be deceived by those liars, hypocrites, and demagogues who seek to reinterpret and redefine, reinvent and disparage, defame and demoralize the good and just heritage of our nation. They are fear mongers, race bait-ERs, and befoul-ERs of truth, they preach and teach pseudo philosophies, pseudo sciences, and pseudo theologies. They seek to divide, decimate, and discourage the good will of the common people, to burden the people with ever increasing taxation, to bury the people under mountains of illegitimate legislation, and intrusive regulation, to exempt themselves, to set themselves up as the elect, to rule over us "ignorant" people with their hateful pseudo government of elitist apartheid.
By such sins and sinners as those listed above, the blood, sweat, and tears of our forbears will be desecrated. By such degradation, great and mighty republics of the past have fallen - we are not immune to that degradation. Good citizen, it is our righteous responsibility, our sacred obligation to ourselves, our heritage, and our posterity to overcome and defeat the liar, the hypocrite, and the demagogue in the present day social wars of ideals and precepts.
Our greatest and best hope in this regards is to effect a reformation of good government under the authority and the responsibility of the God given conscience and the good common sense of the people's majority.
The first step, good citizen, in this reformation is to obtain for yourself and your family a true copy of the Constitution of the United States of America, it's articles and amendments. You must read it and understand it, you need not memorize it, but you must know it. It is the gospel of our rights and liberties, the secular bible of our national conscience, the foundation of our good, and limited, government. It says what it means and it means what it says. You must teach it to your children - those of the elitist apartheid will not teach it - indeed, they seek to subvert it, but you must not let them succeed. You can not uphold, you can not protect, you can not defend that which you do not know. As you love this nation and your freedoms you must do this, and you must give this inheritance to your children. Keep your constitutional bible handy to refute the baseless arguments of your enemies, the enemies of our hopes, our liberties, our highest ideologies - the enemies of our good nation.
The second step in this reformation of good government is to practice your rights and obligations in the democratic process of electoral government. You must do this on the federal, state, and local levels of government. Once again register to vote: reaffirm your oath to uphold, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies foreign or domestic. Affiliate yourself with those in the political process who are truly striving for the restoration of good government (listen to what they say, but watch and see what they do, and judge them by the good "fruits" the good things they cause to grow and prosper). Consider the candidates accordingly, evaluate them by the ultimate test; their adherence to the constitutional truth of good, and just, and limited government. Then, good citizen, vote your God given conscience and your good common sense. Republican democracy of representative government, unpracticed by the majority of the people, can, and will, deteriorate into a tyranny of the few over the many - the opposite of good, righteous government, the opposite of our good, just heritage.
The third step on this road of many steps toward our ultimate goal of good and just and limited government is this; picking up that torch we must never put it down. We carry that light by living as good citizens, daily, without ignorance or apathy, fearlessly, we must seek out and lift up the light of truth. As our forebears did, we must pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor to establish, and maintain, that which is just, and right, and good. All this. "We the people" must do for America, for ourselves and our children, for our neighbor and our neighbor's children, for the good benefit of this generation and generations to come. As God has given us the awareness to conceive it. may he also give us the wisdom, the knowledge, and the understanding to achieve it. May it be said of us. that we the people aspire to divine truth and Godly justice, with real charity of altruistic love for all humanity.
One more thing, good citizen, that we should consider for the success of this reformation, for the ultimate good of our nation; Consider the color of your skin. It is the same color as my skin, the same color as your neighbor's skin. It is not red or yellow, it is not brown, black or white - the color of your skin is the color of humanity, we are all people of that color and the shade of that color is meaningless before truth, justice, and the righteousness of the common good. We must not listen to the false preachers and false teachers of hate and dissension. They sow the seeds of fear, mistrust, and degradation. With self righteous greed and deplorable hypocrisy, they seek to disparage the good citizens, and this good nation - they serve the pseudo government of elitist apartheid - they truly fear We the people with our God given conscience and our good common sense. Their fears are justified, they know for a fact that good citizens make good government - good government that will prosper and preserve a nation, a nation that truly strives for truth, justice, and the righteousness of human liberties and freedoms, a nation that does not consider, or reward, the liar, the hypocrite, or the demagogue.

Now we will leave you with a song, a new song for a new reformation. Keep it in your heart, your soul, and your mind. Teach it to your children, believe in yourself and the ultimate power of goodness. Trust in God, the Holy One of All Creation, who still directs the affairs of men, who will ultimately draw all humanity to the eternal light of truth. "And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more."
"Little children of God, if you have ears to hear, hear the truth: if you have eyes to see, see the light."

I lay down beneath the tree of liberty, I closed my eyes, I started to dream
I washed my hands in the blood flowing all around
Somebody said these roots grow deep, this soil is rich, this ground is sweet
But now I'm a wonder 'n why the leaves fall down
Those old white men are preach' n at me, what are they doing, here in my dream
Why do they bow and pray, for a revelation
Look at our children dying on the street, look in their eyes, are they finally free
I think that there just might be, another revolution
Somebody tell me won't you tell me the truth, is it me, or is it you
Why do we spill this blood, if it isn't for freedom
Red and yellow brown black and white, children of Love, when will you walk in the light
When will you give your soul, to this sweet salvation
I woke up this morning and I couldn't believe, where is our hope, where is our dream
There're burning the Book of Love, and the Constitution
(and I said hey! hey! hey! hey!, hey! hey! hey!, hey!, what's going on!)


REFERENCES: George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Jack Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Martin Luther King Jr., Isaiah, Jesus Christ.


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