Let’s continue our discussion on True American Law and Government that we started a few days ago. Thanks to all of you for your valuable input and civil discourse on this topic. Here is Part 2.
American law recognizes individual rights. The power of our American government is limited and defined by our Constitution. Totalitarianism loves and embraces the “collective.” You are not an individual. You do not matter beyond what you can do for the State. Your rights and liberties are decided for you by people who are no better than you.
Understand this: The power of totalitarian governments is not limited and defined like the American view of government. Totalitarian power is unlimited. Let’s rewind that thought: your rights and liberties are decided for you by people who are no better than you and can change their minds on a dime.
Remember when our government selected who should be open and closed in the past two years? That is totalitarian philosophy at work. The American philosophy of government gets out of the way and lets people decide for themselves what risks they will take, where they will shop, and how they will spend their time, money, and talent.
What about the right to own your stuff, i.e., property rights? Anything you own- physical property (like land ownership), intellectual property (like rights to your inventions and creativity), your money (after taxes), etc. is your property. If the government gives stuff to you (education, job, living space, electronics, etc.), the government can take it from you. In America, there are laws to protect your ownership. In a totalitarian government, guess who owns it all?
If you follow the line of thinking that your property belongs to you, then any attempt to use your tax money to buy v0tes is not a part of the American view of law and government. It amazes me how many Americans do not realize the ancient law “You shall not steal” undergirds our property rights. We think other countries run on the up and up with citizens’ money. They don’t because their rulers are the highest authority, not the laws of nature and nature’s God. In any government system, misappropriating funds for other purposes is institutionalized theft. That way of operating is a normal part of life in a totalitarian system. Many other countries operate that way because their law is based on changing rules, not a fixed standard like “You shall not steal.” In our country, you can land in jail for misusing funds intended for one purpose but secretly used for another.
True American view of government is this: We the People run the government. We elect government to serve us. It is work to be an American citizen, It is hard, and it is fraught with mistakes along the way. But, it is still the best country on planet earth because you can determine how you are governed and how you will live.
This is Common Sense Civics and Citizenship.🇺🇸