The (Natural) Laws Of Government
See the author's comments at the end.
|The First Law||Government expands. Government will continue expanding, unless acted upon by an external force.
First corollary: Government will spend all the revenue given to it, and then some.
Second corollary: There is nothing that government thinks itself incapable of doing competently.
Third corollary: There is nothing that government believes it is not empowered and authorized to do. It sees no practical limit to its meddling.
Fourth corollary: You can't have government without politics. You can't have politics without pork. You can't have politics without influence buyers and peddlers.
Fifth corollary: Government will violate all of your rights, if you permit it.
|The Second Law||The more high-minded the title of a piece of legislation sounds, the less likely it is that the legislation will actually accomplish anything worthwhile.
First corollary: Be especially wary of any bill with "equal," "fair" or any derivative thereof in its title.
Second corollary: if the legislation has broad, bipartisan support, it's even worse than you thought.
|The Third Law||When the government starts talking about reform, you can be sure things are about to get worse.
First corollary: Government created the problem in the first place and now it's trying to clean up its mess.
|The Fourth Law||Bureaucrats and so-called Public Servants are just as concerned about their job security as you are about yours. Rare is the bureaucrat who ever worked himself out of a job.
First corollary: Every government degrades to the point where perpetuating its assorted bureaucracies becomes more important than serving the needs of, or protecting the rights of citizens.
Second corollary: Each government bureaucracy seeks to expand its purview. ("Mission Creep")
|The Fifth Law||Government will be motivated by expediency rather than principle.
First corollary: Lots of lip service will be paid to high-minded principles, even as government violates your rights.
Second corollary: Promises made by government are good, at best, only until the next election. You were promised that the law would only go this far, and at first, that's what it did. Within a few years, it was expanded until it encroached into areas you'd been promised it would never touch.
Third corollary: A politician's first priority is to be reelected. He will best serve that constituency which makes reelection more likely.
|The Sixth Law||Government can't help. Government has one legitimate function — to ensure the equal protection of the laws for all citizens. Once government ventures beyond this single duty, it can only do (overall) harm through side-effects, lost opportunities and unintended consequences.
First corollary: Most of the time, government gets it exactly backwards. Legislation designed to help the poor is as likely to hurt them as to help. While any given law may benefit the targeted individuals in exactly the manner intended, the unintended consequences will result in overall harm to those beneficiaries as well as society in general.
Second corollary: When the inevitable results of their harmful policies manifest themselves, government will blame the free market, bankers, Wall Street, foreigners — anything but their own disastrous policies.
Third Corollary: Once their previous policies have failed, government will respond with yet more interference in the area it has previously disrupted.
|The Seventh Law||Politicians value perception over reality. They don't care if a policy is actually destructive as long as public opinion holds that it's beneficial. Perception is reality to politicians. Perceptions get them elected.|
|The Eighth Law||A typical government solution to any problem involves imposing more restrictions. Rare is the law which increases your freedom and / or options (or costs the taxpayers less).
First corollary: When government starts talking about doing more for you, they're talking about taking more of your money.
Second corollary: Your time has no value to government functionaries. You will be required to fill out forms, keep records, stand in lines and waste your time in countless ways to prove that you are in compliance with the demands made upon you.
|The Ninth Law||Every government program creates opportunities for abuse.
First corollary: For every needy, deserving person some program will help, there are many more just trying to figure out how to milk the program for all it's worth.
Second corollary: The bigger the budget, the more abusers it will attract.
|The Tenth Law||Government is men with guns. All laws have to be enforced. At some point, enforcement involves men with guns. When opining, "There ought to be a law," ask yourself, "Is this important enough to send men with guns to enforce?"|
I designate the foregoing as "laws" because, like the "Law of Gravity" or the "Law of Supply and Demand," these laws describe how the world works. They are natural laws. Just as Newton observed gravity at work to learn its nature, so too can we learn the nature of government by watching what it does. These laws are the result of decades of careful observation. They were empirically derived.
These laws are immutable truisms. There are people who believe that government doesn't have to behave as described and wouldn't, if only we can get the "right people" in charge. Baloney. Gravity acts like gravity and government acts like government. To raise something up in defiance of gravity requires application of force. Likewise, to prevent government acting in accordance with its nature, we, the people, must be the "external force" which acts upon government to constrain it. See the first law.
You may not "believe in" these laws but that's OK. You don't have to. You don't have to believe in gravity either, but it will still land you on your keister when you lose your balance.
The Laws of Government and this web site are © 1990-2011 by Warren Michelsen
You pretty well covered it, without us holding them accountable it will just continue as before. The question is now that things are changing, will the people see the opportunity are will they ignore and destroy what chance we have for real change?
yeah, right, okay...
Q = What is the devil's most effective lie?
A = ' I don't exist.'
I hate to repeat myself, but I posted on another topic in regard to laws.
In my view there are but two. First, the Law of God. Second, the Law of the Republic. The first is a Law for all of humanity, the second a Law for America.
As an American, these are the only Laws that apply to me personally, and to every American. The first, The Law of God, takes precedence over all, including the Law of the Republic.
It is not complicated, it does not take a lawyer or a Constitutional scholar to explain what it means. In the simplicity of its language, and the scope of its reasoning and authority, one can easily see that only God could design such a Law, not man.
One other point. The author of the article is speaking of law as it is viewed and applied to human nature. Human nature is incomplete without, and apart, from the Ernest of the Spirit of God freely given to the repentant people who become followers of His Law.
One cannot come to repentance without acknowledging the Law of God. Sin is the transgression of the law, according to the Bible, and the Wages of Sin is Death.
My view. And I am positive many will not share it.
well said Dale.
What is law?
Black's Law Dictionary vol. 1
. a system of principles and rules of human conduct.
Black's Law Dictionary
. 1. That which is laid down, ordained, or established. A rule or method according to which phenomena or actions coexist or follow each other. 2. A system of principles and rules of human conduct, being the aggregate of those commandments and principles which are either prescribed or recognized by the gov- erning power in an organized jural society as its will in relation to the conduct of the members of such society, and which it undertakes to maintain and sanction and to use as the criteria of the actions of such members. "Law" is a solemn expression of legislative will. It orders and permits and forbids. It announces rewards and punishments. Its provisions generally relate not to solitary or singular cases, but to what passes in the ordinary course of affairs. Civ. Code La. arts. 1. 2. "Law," without an article, properly implies a science or system of principles or rules of human conduct, answering to the Latin "jus;" as when it is spoken of as a subject of study or practice. In this sense, it includes the decisions of courts of justice, as well as acts of the legislature. The judgment of a competent, court, until reversed or otherwise superseded, is law, as much as any statute. Indeed, it may happen that a statute may be passed in violation of law, that is, of the fundamental law or constitution of a state; that it is the prerogative of courts in such cases to declare it void, or, in other words, to declare it not to be law. Rurrill. 3. A rule of civil conduct prescribed by the supreme power in a, state. 1 Steph. Comm. 25; Civ. Code Dak. Law Dictionary: L Information and Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary
The real oddity of our Constitutional Law is that it provides for the demise of our Constitutional Law.
In the minds of many, that is. Particularly the Progressive Liberal Democrat Party.
And once they destroy it, how can it ever be restored?
Dale - good question
my unqualified opinion is it will take many willing sacrifices by those who want it restored - and allowing the progressive system to implode, maybe even expediting it by withholding what it requires to survive. ..and in the mean time be building the base to rebuild on.
...maybe something similar to what John Galt decided the answer to your question is in Atlas Shrugged. Let it implode, and be prepared for when it happens.
I took the time to look over this and a lot of other issues, even though this blog is well stated, it holds no weight if officials do not respect even the law. Soon enough this may even be applied against Trump, if he does not keep his word.
one of the important points made in the original topic post Tif is the final one. What your saying is correct, for man's laws there can be no consequences for disobedience of law by the lawmakers, as is clearly demonstrated in current events. Nature's laws are absolute though, even if you don't believe in them. In the current belief system man's laws are supreme and nature's laws are discared. There will be consequences for this belief and behavior even if they're only natural consequences. This belief system cannot survive for very long at all, especially if those who provide it both monetary and ideological support withdraw it.
The way to win this all in the end is to embrace and plan around nature's laws, they're superior to man's laws, which is the tool employed by progressives, no matter that the progressives don't believe it.
When debating the articles of the Constitution the Founders never intended that the document itself would eventually allow anti-Americanism to destroy the Nation .
Abe Lincoln remarked that ' No government ever, in its organic law, had a provision that allowed for its termination.' He also said that, 'If destruction will be our lot, it will come from within.'
If the Constitution is regarded as a living document then it most assuredly will live out its days and pass away as just another historical attempt at failed self governance.
Death is not a good thing, (it is the last enemy to be destroyed) so why would any sensible, responsible person seek to view the Constitution as living?
On the other hand, and it is the right hand, if the Constitution is upheld and acted upon as an enforced law, it will last indefinitely.
It seems that the scholarly intellectuals given to teaching the law in our institutions are blind as to what many of us average people can clearly see and understand. Even worse it may be willful blindness.