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it’s taken me longer to get to this than I would’ve liked, but I’ve finally cleaned up and reprinted in its entirety “The Proper Role of Government,” a booklet originally published in 1968 and written by the Honourable Ezra Taft Benson, Secretary of Agriculture under US President Eisenhower; as a side note, Benson later served as the president of the LDS Church from 1986 until his death in 1994.

“The Proper Role of Government” strikes such a resonant chord w/me and my intense belief in personal liberty (this is NOT the same thing as license) and small government that I had to share it. perhaps there will be those who also agree w/the principles espoused in this treatise, but I’m rather more inclined to expect persecution (after a fashion) for not continuing to promulgate the utter falsehood that government — especially as it grows bigger, increasingly restrictive, and ever more intrusive — is the answer to anyone’s problems. government operating outside the parameters of that which is moral and just not only embodies usurpation and oppression, it’s the cause of more problems than its proponents purport that it solves; great statesmen (e.g., Washington, Jefferson) and scholars (e.g., Bastiat, Locke) have known and warned against this for centuries, and the histories of other nations have proven these great men right time and time again. it is inexcusable hubris and utter folly to believe that we, the United States of America, are somehow the exception to immutable universal principles and that we can stray so far afield from the grand design of our Founding Fathers without experiencing the kind of repercussions with which our society is rife, particularly the accelerating erosion of more and greater personal freedoms by an already bloated federal government.

in the face of what’s REALLY required to change the course of this nation and return us to our former greatness, the upcoming Presidential election is so insignificant as to be almost laughable, the choices offered to us amounting to little more than rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic; more on that later (in another post), but for now, let’s stick to fundamental guiding principles.

finally, let me make one thing perfectly, absolutely crystal clear: I am neither a Republican nor a Democrat — neither party holds anything for me, and I categorically refuse to affiliate myself with either of them; I am, very simply, a patriot. I love my country. I’m still proud to be an American. I’m grateful for the relative freedom we yet enjoy. And I will fight with all the fierceness of my convictions to see this nation restored to that greatness characterized by true liberty.