Neighbor or Employee?

Because of the Christian heritage of the United States, there is fuzzy thinking about how to treat the government. Is it our neighbor or our employee?

The answer to that question determines how one acts towards the government.

The United States is a Constitutional Republic. “Democracy” is thrown around a lot in political speech, but the Founding Fathers did not want to create a democracy as a democracy dies a violent death.

The United States is based on representative government.  The government is delegated a certain amount of authority by the people to function within certain limited defined limits.  The government is paid for by the people through taxes.  And if the government is out-of-line and not doing what it was told to do by the people, it is up to “we the people” to use lawful means to change that:

  • voting and making sure the elections are clean and lawful
  • showing up at school board meetings
  • contacting representatives and senators
  • exposing corruption
  • using legal means to remove those who have failed to uphold their oath of office

Sometimes a focus is placed on simply doing what government says.  “Just do what Caesar says and don’t think about it.”  But that ignores civic responsibility and citizens actually do have responsibilities, not just rights.  If a government has gone rogue, if a government has illegally gotten into power through a coup, through a stolen election … it is up to We the People to correct that.

The government is not a neighbor that we go the second mile with, or give the benefit of the doubt.  Government has to respond the the will of the governed in accordance with the law, and if government does not, it has ceased to be a legal functioning government because it is in rebellion itself to the Constitution of the nation.

This was the whole premise of the Declaration of Independence.

If We the People are not willing to take their Constitutional responsibilities seriously, and keep government in line, then they have no one to blame but themselves.

Again, the fuzzy thinking is that we should simply “give them a pass” when they break the law because … why? … because we are supposed to be “nice people”? … because we turn the other cheek or go the second mile?   No.  Don’t confuse “neighbor” with “employee”.  We are the employers of government,  government answers to We the People.  The government is not our neighbor, but our employee.

If you have a son that you give a job to, such as to take out the trash, and the boy drags the trash bag along, and the bag tears, and trash flies into the neighbors’ yards, do you give the boy a pass?  Or do you sit him down, explain to him what you want, tell him to pick up all the trash and to not let it happen again?

And what if instead of trash more dangerous things fly out … open border invasions of military-aged young men and criminals who want to steal, kill and destroy within the nation; fentanyl; transgenderism; war to feed the military industrial complex stocks in industries of destruction; pedophilia; the destruction of the family; the destruction of the Bill of Rights; the destruction of the historic advancements of mankind … do you simply let it happen?  Do you give it a pass?

Or do you say, I delegated the authority, and I will have to maintain a position of making sure the ones I delegated that authority stay in  line with my requests?

Collectively, We the People, are responsible to make sure the govenment stays in line with the law and what it has been placed in office to do.

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