Friday, June 14, 2013

What the Government is

“Good man or bad, crazy or sane, Edward Snowden may be our best chance to find out something, probably only a little, about what these firms are actually doing in the name of We, the people.” –Richard Reeves, In the matter of Edward Snowden

New Lisbon WI – A government without a people is no government, but a people without a government are still a people.
The Scriptures state (Romans 13) that the civil government’s purpose is to reward the good and to punish the evil; to carry the sword as a terror to evil doers. They are to administer justice.
In 1776 our founding father realized that there was no longer any justice in the government of Great Britain over the colonies of America. Rather than sit an things would hope that things would become better, they petitioned, were rejected, then rebelled.
They revolted to “secure the blessing of liberty” for themselves and us. Some of them lost a great deal because of their actions. However, they did not simply bow to the king on the throne because he was the king on the throne. A position is only respected in as much as the one that holds it demands respect.
Just because a man is the president does not exempt him from being a part of We, the people. In fact he is to be the most honorable and upright of all the citizens. The president, not Walter Cronkite, should be the most trusted man in America.
If Edward Snowden was right in what he did, then he should be praised, and all those who lied to the public, and spied on the citizens of this nation, should be removed from office. If the government begins to act unjustly, then they begin to act like Julius Caesar, who set himself as total dictator over his nation. He crossed the Rubicon, the river that you may not cross and go back. A general who passed over that river with his army was at war with his people. Once it was crossed the civil war began.
We know what happened at the end of that civil war. Octavian became a dictator.

Through His Strength We Will Conquer,
Andrew C. Abbott

1 comment:

  1. This post brings to mind the quote that was on Chamberlain's lips in Gods and Generals as he was about to lead his men into the hell at Fredericksburg:

    "How swiftly Caesar had surmounted the mighty alps and in his mind conceived immense upheavals, coming war. When he reached the water of the little Rubicon, clearly to the leader through the murky night appeared a mighty image of his country in distress, grief in her face, her white hair streaming from her tower-crowned head, with tresses torn and shoulders bare, she stood before him and sighing said, "Where further do you march? Where do you take my standards warriors? If lawfully you come, if as citizens, this far only is allowed." Then trembling struck the leader's limbs, his hair grew stiff and weakness checked his progress, holding his feet at the rivers edge. At last he speaks, "Oh Thunderer, surveying Rome's walls from the Tarpeian Rock. Oh Phrygian house gods of Iulus, Clan and Mystery of Quirinus who was carried off to heaven, Oh Jupiter of Latium seated in lofty Alda and Hearths of Vesta, Oh Rome, equal to the highest deity, favor my plans! Not with impious weapons do I pursue you. Here am I, Caesar, conqueror of land and sea, your own soldier, everywhere, now too, if I am permitted. The man who makes me your enemy, it is he who be the guilty one." Then he broke the barriers of war and through the swollen river swiftly took his standards. And Caesar crossed the flood and reached the opposite bank. From Hesperia's Forbidden Fields he took his stand and said, "Here I abandoned peace and desecrated law; fortune it is you I follow. Farewell to treaties. From now on war is our judge!" Hail Caesar! We who are about to die salute you!