America’s founders understood something that most modern politicians, especially those on the Democrat side of the aisle, do not understand. Liberty and power do not mix. As power is centralized in Washington D.C., there occurs a corresponding loss of liberty throughout the heartland.
Liberty flourishes best where there is faith and limited government. Socialism, on the other hand, can only exist through a strong, centralized government that is held up as the answer for every problem and need of society. Also, wherever socialism is implemented, there is a corresponding loss of individual and religious liberties.
The Founding Fathers, Faith and Freedom
The Founding Fathers, their parents and their grandparents had fled oppressive governments that sought to control their lives with tyrannical laws and regulations. They came to America with visions of individual and religious liberty. They were not looking for help from any government.
They were people of faith. Government for them was a nuisance and a pain. They agreed with Thomas Paine, who in his book, Common Sense, wrote, “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
They issued the Declaration of Independence, not from a quest for political power, but from a deep desire to protect the liberties they had experienced in the New World. This would require a government with limited power, for they knew from their study of both the Bible and human history that human nature cannot be trusted with power.
Their distrust of power is why they divided the powers of government into two legislative branches, an executive branch and a judicial branch. It is why they implemented checks and balances to keep absolute power out of the hands of any person or group.
It is also why they instituted the Second Amendment—to give the citizens the right to defend themselves against a tyrannical, over-reaching government that might arise in the future. The Founding Fathers would agree with the adage of Sir John Dalberg-Acton, “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
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SOURCE: Charisma News