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A Governing Doctrine

Our Boomer-In-Charge here at BBHQ, Hershel Chicowitz, writes frequently about current events... from a boomer perspective. He is sometimes funny, sometimes provocative, sometimes a little of each. We hope you get a kick out of our Boomer Essays.

The government... not just today, but throughout history... has proved itself to be good at but a very few things. Our founders tried to restrict the powers of the government to those few things. But particularly in this “if it feels good, do it” society which we have created, politicians play on this “touchy-feely” weakness to garner more power for themselves and thus control the people and, by doing so, limit our freedom. And, out of a sense of compassion, just for the heck of it, or because of the guilt the politicians has imposed on us, we have allowed the government to attempt... and ultimately fail... at so many things over which it has absolutely no Constitutional duty, ability or purview. It is time to put a stop to this costly, dangerous nonsense.

A while back I wrote about the Republicans’ inability to “close the deal.” The 2012 presidential election was a rejection election, not an affirmation election. 2016 is mounting up to be the same: who do the voters reject more, Trump or The Hillary.

As part of the essay, I developed a series of principles for good governance. During the week, I expanded on these principles and broadened the scope of my thesis. I present it to you now as a doctrine for constitutional governance.

My doctrine is based on the Constitution and common sense. It is not based on good intentions, wishful thinking, compassion, or what ought to be done. Many many things that ought to be done definitely ought not be done by the government. It is not mean to appease Republicans, Democrats, Litertarians, or any other political party. It is about the United States and the Constitution, not any political party.

This is where so many well-intentioned citizens (and far too many politicians) veer severely off course. The government... not just today, but throughout history... has proved itself to be good at but a very few things. Our founders tried to restrict the powers of the government to those few things. But particularly in this “if it feels good, do it” society which we have created, politicians play on this “touchy-feely” weakness to garner more power for themselves and thus control the people, and, as an inevitable consequence, reduce our freedom. And, out of a sense of compassion, just for the heck of it, or because of the guilt the politicians have succeeded in imposing on us, we have allowed the government to attempt... and ultimately fail... at so many things over which it has absolutely no Constitutional authority, ability, or purview.

And what is the politicians’ answer to these repeated governmental failures? Why, more government, of course.

It is time to put a stop to this costly, dangerous nonsense.

Please read closely, consider carefully, and comment upon my doctrine for constitutional governance.

The Pursuit of Happiness:

As stated so magnificently in our Declaration of Independence, your basic rights — life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — are endowed by our Creator, not by the government. The government exists to protect your rights, not to contrive them.

We will protect your rights, but we will not guarantee happiness or success. No government can; no government should try.

Freedom:

The guiding theme of the U.S. Constitution is freedom. Thus, the principles of good governance should be based on freedom.

We want you to be free to pursue your goals with as little interference as possible from anyone, including the government. And yes, that freedom includes the possibility of failure. Providing the opportunity for happiness and success is our job. Achieving that happiness and success is up to you.

We want you to be able to prosper from your achievements as much as you can. We want you to be free to travel, eat, think, learn, read, and say whatever you want... within the law and with only very narrow and clearly defined limits. And yes, that freedom includes the possibility of making bad decisions. You do not learn from your mistakes or avoid them in the future if the government serves as an insurance policy against those mistakes.

We want you to be responsible for your health and well-being, your job, your salary, your family, and your retirement. That is your business, not the government’s. Your relationship with your children, your school, your doctor... and your employer... is your business, not ours.

We want you to be able to make the decisions that affect your life. We will not attempt to make them for you, or to force you into doing things that we may deem to be good for you. We believe that you can make decisions that affect your life much better than the government can. What is good for you is your business, not the government’s.

There should not be any sanctioned “retirement age.” When (or if) you retire is your business, not the government’s, and not your employer’s. The federal government should provide no incentive for you to retire (or not retire.)

Governmental Authority:

We will help provide for those citizens who cannot help themselves. But we will not support those who merely choose to rely on government largess at the expense of the taxpayer.

We will do all we can to protect you from those who would do you — or the United States — harm. We will punish those who abuse our laws.

We will vigorously protect our borders, our sovereignty, our language, our culture, our traditions, our laws, and most importantly... our Constitution, including the Bill of Rights.

We support reasonable immigration of people who share our values and our love of freedom, and who have skills, ambition, and the potential to enhance our country’s diversity and well-being.

We want the United States to be the most powerful, most prosperous, and most revered country in the world. We will protect our national interests throughout the world as necessary by whatever means are necessary to do so.

We want to support freedom and freedom-loving people throughout the world. We will support those governments that propagate individual freedom. We will not support those that do not.

We want the federal government to live within its means — spend no more money than it collects. We want to balance the budget and pay off the federal debt.

The Last Word

Had someone read this when we were kids, the reaction might have been, “Of course; so what? Everyone knows this. There’s nothing new or special here.”

Today, the progressives would say that this is “extreme, right-wing, small-minded, selfishness.”

OK; so who’s right here?

And, as I so often ask, what are you prepared to do about it?

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