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GOVERNMENT: Big Government is the enemy of democracy

Letter by Joyce C. Hamrick, University Place on April 30, 2010 at 1:35 pm | 41 Comments »
April 30, 2010 1:35 pm

Our founders were determined that power could never be focused in a central government. The Constitution lays out a definite pattern of checks and balances between the branches of the federal government, with explicit limited power in the executive branch. They were well aware of the corruption that flows from power too narrowly focused, leading to tyranny. Primary power was vested in the hands of the people and the states.

Our founders suffered immense personal peril to escape from the tyranny of big government. The new government was carefully planned to ensure freedom from government intrusion. This led to success not seen under heavy-handed and tyrannical central government. Freedom allows creativity and entrepreneurship, from which flows economic advantages to all of society.

There has been erosion of the separation of powers. Much additional power has been given over to the president, including environmental protection, a national housing program, agriculture, land and resources, etc.

Over the past year and a half, this transition to centralized power has proceeded as though on steroids. Central power has taken over banks, auto companies, health care, student loan programs, etc. As our founders predicted, this deviation from their careful program of checks and balances has led to increased corruption that has been openly displayed by the careless spending of taxpayer dollars, by the pandering to special interest groups in bills passed by congress and the “buying” of votes from Congress members.

I am fearful for our future.

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