Image: Government should be Grand in the sense that it should represent the covenant among the people of Texas to work for ourselves and protect ourselves mutually from enemies foreign and domestic. Instead, government at the local and state levels seems to work against us. What are the Grand Reforms to make Texas government work for us?
Kelli Ann Cox, Publisher, and Eric Yollick, Editor-in-Chief, The Golden Hammer
What are the Grand Reforms to government which are necessary to make government in Texas work for us, at the local and state levels? The most fundament principle of American politics is and has always been that the source of government power is the consent of the governed citizens. We’ve seemed to have lost our way.
The Golden Hammer requests that you send us your opinion about what are the Grand Reforms to make government work for us rather than against us. Please email us your opinions at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. We will take your ideas and put them into a series of articles beginning tomorrow, Thursday, April 22, 2021, on the “Grand Reforms to make Texas government work for us.” We will keep your name confidential but we value your opinions.
In his Second Treatise of Government, also known as “An Essay on The True Original, Extent, and End of Civil Government,” John Locke described a state of nature in which mankind lived prior to the establishment of mutual protective associations to provide for the common defense against predators domestic and foreign. That consent to mutual protection became the first government. The compact among men went no further.
In the twentieth century, however, government rapidly expanded in response to the collectivist social theories of Ferdinand Tonnies, Karl Marx, and Vladimir Lenin. Lenin put those social theories into practical application. In western Europe, numerous governments adopted collectivism as a model as well. The United States was much slower in the gallop towards socialist dogma.
In the last thirty years, however, both political parties in the United States have made rapid advances towards collectivism. The Democrats espoused such doctrine since the New Deal, but the conservative wing of the Democratic Party slowed the efforts of the left wing. When conservative Democrats withered away, the Democratic Party became the party of collectivism. The Republican Party succumbed to government gigantism and collectivism on January 1, 1995, when Newt Gingrich’s “Contract with America” gave way to adoption of massive spending measures to support the growth of government at all levels. In the last 25 years, local governments have led the way in spending growth.
Harvard University Constitutional Law Professor Laurence Tribe wrote, “That all lawful power derives from the people and must be held in check to preserve their freedom is the oldest and most central tenet of American constitutionalism.” Government has, however, changed in the past half century. The “governors” now use government to boost their own power and economic position rather than looking to the “governed” as the proper beneficiaries of government purposes.
It’s time for Americans, particularly Texans, to take our government back, to make it work for us, and to reconstitute it so it serves the intended beneficiaries of the great American experiment: the American People. There are not more serious worldly issues that we, as a society, must confront.
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