The concept of Liberty advanced by America's Founding Fathers was one of a self-governing society and a State as close to invisible as possible. In 1985 Ronald Reagan said:
The GOP is the party that adheres to the old Jeffersonian philosophy that that government governs best that governs least.The GOP clearly no longer believes this, as government under George Bush now governs (and spends) more than it did under Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton was a champion of "smaller government" compared to George Bush and the GOP. The Republican Party seems to agree with the secular left of a few decades ago, as expressed by Robert Maynard Hutchins:
That the sole concern of a free society is the limitation of governmental authority and that that government is best which governs least is certainly archaic. Our object today should not be to weaken government in competition with other centers of power, but rather to strengthen it as the agency charged with the responsibility for the common good.Professor Paul A. Samuelson's Economics, An Introductory Analysis is a standard college textbook. It agrees with the "liberalism" of Hutchins:
No longer is modern man able to believe "that government governs best which governs least,"or, as Bill Buckley added,
to put it the other way around, one cannot believe in minimum government and be a "modern man," to which, it is to be assumed, we all aspire.I do not aspire to be elected to Congress if I must be a "modern man" to do so. I would rather have the approval of Thomas Jefferson and Sam Adams than the approval of George Bush and the voting record of Roy Blunt.
I'm hoping that the idea of "Liberty Under God" is an idea so old it will appear "brand new" to modern voters.
Both the "Religious Right" and the secular left get nervous when they hear the phrase "Liberty Under God." The "Religious Right" is more comfortable with words like "execution" and "mandatory minimum" and the "security" of a police-state than they are with the word "Liberty." The secular left doesn't want to admit that America was founded as a Christian nation "under God" because the left takes its understanding of "Christian" from George Bush and the "Religious Right," not from Micah's "Vine & Fig Tree" vision.
William Penn (Founder of Pennsylvania) said
If thou wouldst rule well, thou must rule for God, and to do that, thou must be ruled by him.... Those who will not be governed by God will be ruled by tyrants.Liberty (under the American view) depends on society being governed by "the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God." In every action, our conscience must be able to appeal "to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions."
There is a strong secular strain in the Libertarian Party. I hope they realize that Micah and Isaiah and Jesus were the strongest opponents of Empire in their day, and they'll support my campaign for a libertarian "Theocracy."
"Liberty Under God" is the most effective weapon against the Messianic State and the most powerful world-view for a prosperous free economy.
This page from my campaign website has now been updated:
Liberty Under God -- KEVIN CRAIG for Congress
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Comments, suggestions, criticisms, complaints, gripes and threats always appreciated. Better to be threatened than ignored, I always say.