Friday, July 28, 2006

Whither Liberty Part II

tee bee

Part of the carryover conversation from Whither Liberty - At Government's Feet or at Its Head? was a discussion of exactly what government should be responsible.

I began with the federal government and delineated what I thought they should be responsible for:

A. Provide for the common defense
1. Support the states in preparing for civil and national defense

B. Promote the general welfare
1. Support commerce through minimal transportation organization and
2. Provide minimal regulation of commerce, seeking to ally states and never to trump them unless civil or national defense are jeopardized by a state's action or law
3. Ensure significant property ownership rights
4. Ensure significant self-protection rights
5. Ensure that taxation never rests inequitably
6. Ensure that taxation never rests heavily or accretes more to the federal government than to the states

C. Secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity
1. Provide reasonable order to the judicial process, explicitely ensuring that no laws contradict Constitutional laws
2. Provide minimal support and framework for states to provide education

Without a working framework of what you believe government should have the power to do, how can you support legislation and candidates?

More importantly, how can you influence them?



At 11:38 AM, Blogger KJ said...

How can you influence them?



At 9:50 PM, Blogger tee bee said...

I don't mean you, counselor, doling it out from your mansion in the sky.

I mean poor blogreaders who don't have a stitch between them. Where is Man riding a unicycle naked, anyway?

At 2:20 AM, Blogger camojack said...

"Without a working framework of what you believe government should have the power to do, how can you support legislation and candidates?"

It's called voting, and is done by some highly unqualified individuals, for the most part...unfortunately.

At 12:12 PM, Blogger KJ said...

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At 5:56 PM, Blogger Cassandra said...

Personally, I see no reason why government should ever be responsible for anything important.

In fact, I rather prefer for my government to be *irresponsible*. In that way, I can be assured that it will interfere in my affairs as little as possible.

*dusting off hands*

At 11:54 AM, Blogger tee bee said...

Cam, the more transparently we do this, the better chances those "unqualified individuals" you mention will actually be informed.

At 1:29 AM, Blogger camojack said...

tee bee:
True...but then, so many of them get their news from highly biased sources; again, unfortunately...

At 1:15 PM, Anonymous Cricket said...

Catherine Davis is going to run for Cynthia McKinney's seat in Congress. I am watching this race closely, since Ms. Davis LIVES in DeKalb County and knows the problems. She is a black female Republican. She sounds like she knows the issues and what her limits are with regard to a national seat and the locals.

It will be interesting to watch.


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