Good government recognizes fundamental human rights, the first of which is the right to life. These rights are not conferred by the State but, as properly affirmed by the American founders, endowed upon us by God. The role of the State is to recognize and protect those rights and not usurp them.
Good government acknowledges the primary role of the mediating institutions and associations beginning with the family in the process of governing and supports their role as the best place for governance to first occur. Then, it fosters government from bottom up to top, looking last to the federal government.
posted on 12/07/2011 8:43:03 AM PST
Hmmmm good government an oxymoron??
posted on 12/07/2011 8:44:02 AM PST
Gingrich is a big government guy and big is never good in government. He can’t even consider eliminating the EPA without expressing a desire to create another agency to fill the void.
posted on 12/07/2011 8:48:19 AM PST
(Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
Charles Beard wrote a book titled An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution which, for me as an economists, answers the question of gov't's role. Simply stated, he states that gov't should provide social goods and services...period. A social good or service is something that the private sector will not or cannot provide. Examples are a standing army, a legal system...anything that private markets won't supply. If someone asks you: How much military protection do you want to buy today, private markets break down because everyone thinks the other guy will pay for it. I think this is a good guideline for gov't involvement. Think of all the stupid places where gov't sticks its nose but shouldn't, from SBA to any one of a hundred regulatory agencies that do more harm than good. The end result for me is that we could do quite nicely with a lot less gov't in our lives.
posted on 12/07/2011 8:53:42 AM PST
Good Government is limited small government that is only there to enforce a meager set of common sense laws and arbitrate disputes between private parties and provide basic national defense.
Anything more is giving the beast too much power.
posted on 12/07/2011 8:58:03 AM PST
Beck is a very sad libertarian. He did not understand a damn thing Gingrich tried to tell him. Change back from where we are now cannot be done immediately. It will take constant change for many years and we will never be back to a totally Constitutional Government. It is impossible. Beck is now a real sad case and his interview was a gotcha.
Which is why separation of church and state, is so very important.
posted on 12/07/2011 9:14:41 AM PST
("Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different.")
Encyclical of Pope John XXIII, On Establishing Universal Peace In Truth, Justice, Charity, And Liberty, April 11, 1963
Mans personal dignity requires besides that he enjoy freedom and be able to make up his own mind when he acts.
In his association with his fellows, therefore, there is every reason why his recognition of rights, observance of duties, and many-sided collaboration with other men, should be primarily a matter of his own personal decision.
Each man should act on his own initiative, conviction, and sense of responsibility, not under the constant pressure of external coercion or enticement.
There is nothing human about a society that is welded together by force.
Far from encouraging, as it should, the attainment of mans progress and perfection, it is merely an obstacle to his freedom.
Hence, a regime which governs solely or mainly by means of threats and intimidation or promises of reward, provides men with no effective incentive to work for the common good.
And even if it did, it would certainly be offensive to the dignity of free and rational human beings.
Consequently, laws and decrees passed in contravention of the moral order, and hence of the divine will, can have no binding force in conscience, since it is right to obey God rather than men.
posted on 12/07/2011 10:34:30 AM PST
("One party will generally represent the envied, the other the envious. Guess which ones." ~GagdadBob)
Michelle Bachmann's quick characterization of Newt Gingrich as a "frugal socialist
Which proves she is brainwashed by evangelical anti Catholicism and she has know idea of love for the downtrodden of society which has nothing in common with socialism
She is just using Beck to try and get press.
At least Palin shows compassion to humanity,I don't see that quality in B-Man
posted on 12/07/2011 5:19:49 PM PST
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