Ezra Benson . In general terms, therefore, the proper role of government includes such defensive activities You say, “It can’t happen here. Government is a creation of the people and ought to be subservient to them. We need to be wary of giving centralized government too much power. The proper role of government [Ezra Taft Benson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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The Proper Role of Government – Ezra Taft Benson – BYU Speeches

But if we permit government to manufacture its own authority out of thin air, and to create self-proclaimed powers not delegated to it by the people, then the creature exceeds the creator and becomes master. It is a firm principle that the smallest or lowest level that can og undertake the task is the one that should do so.

We must not make any further concessions to communism at home or abroad. Should be required reading for every American, it will impact the way you see so much of what our government undertakes. This explains the proper role of the government. The individual citizens delegate to the sheriff their unquestionable right to protect themselves.

If we live and work so as to enjoy the approbation of a Divine Providence, we cannot fail.

He got some of his ideas from Frederic Bastiat who he quotes extensively Benson is much easier to read. These things I believe to be the proper role of government.

I read this book on Saturday at our cousin’s house and we proceeded to talk about the constitution and our government the whole rest of the day!

People who work create wealth. What has destroyed liberty and the rights of man in every government which has ever existed under the sun? To try to do so would be like finding oneself at the controls of a hijacked airplane and attempting to return it by simply cutting off the engines in flight.

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In the end, no one is much further ahead, and everyone sufffers the burdens of a gigantic bureaucracy and a loss of personal freedom. First, there is sufficient historical knowledge of the failures of socialism and of the past mistakes of previous civilizations. This article was published in Feb 18, Kursten rated it it was amazing. If you don’t already happen to believe that, there is nothing that Benson tries to convince you with. As Washington stated so clearly in his immortal Farewell Address:.

My favorite bit is benso test for government programs that all citizens would do well This book is a very short, powerful essay on govrenment what you expect–the proper prope of government. I, for one, shall ever accept that premise. He teaches principles, not facts.

Aug 11, Marilyn rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book fails to follow that advice. The edition I read was full of typographical errors that at best made it slightly difficult to read and at worst completely changed the intended meaning of a sentence.

In light of that knowledge, his politics might be comfortably compared to those of recent GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. If you don’t already happe Benson expresses a classical American conservative viewpoint of government. I regard it as a flagrant violation of the explicit provisions of the Constitution for the Federal Government to make it a criminal offense to use gold or oof coin as legal tender or to use irredeemable paper money. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

It is well to remember that the states of this republic created the Federal Government. May 19, Darryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: May 26, Diana rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: For liberty is to be free from restraint and violence from others, which cannot be where there is no law; and is not, as we are told, ‘a liberty for every man to do what he lists. By deriving ezda just powers from the governed, government becomes primarily a mechanism for defense against bodily harm, theft and involuntary servitude.


The timely proped together of these three factors may make it entirely possible for us to reverse the trend.

We shouldn’t forget the wise words of President Grover Cleveland that ” In some cases sentences ended or began halfway through, sometimes in the same sentence: Be firm in rope conviction that our cause is just.

Apr 03, Eddie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Moreover, Benson relies in his argumentation on extensive quotes from Smith, Jefferson, Bastiat and others and he contributes very little argumentative value himself.

There is much work to be done. So, the question boils down to this. Translated into practical terms, this means that the first step toward restoring the limited concept of government should be to freeze all welfare-state programs at their present level, making sure that no new ones are added. To be sure, there rhe times when this principle of the proper role of government is most annoying and inconvenient.

Thus the government is not legitimized to infringe on the individuals poper.

The Proper Role of Government

You don’t believe that? May 18, Susie rated it liked it. It is significant that in actuality the Russian people have few of the rights supposedly “guaranteed” to them in their constitution, while the American people have them in abundance even though they are not guaranteed.

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One of my very favorites!