Government's duty protect the people

A news article saying a company would defy the Obamacare mandate stated there are 42 separate lawsuits challenging the contraception directive.
Arguably this dictate defies Amendment I of our Bill of Rights: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ...”
Health care, which began as a way to attract workers as a result of wage controls imposed by government during World War II, is now mandated. How did it become a right?
Government humiliates people in the name of security by groping our private body parts, and property is forcibly taken by eminent domain, both in violation of Amendment IV.
Government decides the light bulbs we must use and how much soda we buy. Government tries to prevent self-defense by restricting firearms (Amendment II). We are taxed to death (and even in death) by a government unwilling to control its own spending.
We should remember: “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of [life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness], it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government ... when a long train of abuses and usurpations ... evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.” – Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

Strict term limits are an effective way to provide new guards for our future security. No one is so good they should make a career of public office.

And we should demand government abide by generally accepted accounting principles the way business does. This will prevent excessive, needless and (sometimes) stupid spending.

“Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” – R. Reagan

Ken Schaefer

Sharpsburg


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