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Economic Rights Under Seige

July 13th, 2011 1 comment

We are living in a time when the prophetic words of the French historian Alexis De Tocqueville are coming true:

“America will last until the populace discovers it can vote for itself largess [gifts or handouts] out of the public treasury.”

We currently have a situation in America where more people are employed by the Federal Government than by the private sector.

We are also seeing higher salaries and benefits given to government employees than those being paid in the private sector.

We must keep in mind that government jobs are not real jobs. They are positions created by politicians and supported by the tax dollars of those working in the private sector. I am not suggesting some of these positions are not both necessary and valuable. What we need to keep in mind is that they are historically public service positions where one did not expect to be paid as handsomely as those working in the private sector.

This is no longer the case. Our politicians have figured out the secret of extracting money, your money, through taxation and then redistributing that money into the very populations they seek to garner for future elections. The more people they can employ in government jobs, the more secure they will be when the next election comes along. What better way to build loyalty than to hire people with someone else’s money and then pay them better than their friends in the private sector!

Listen to the words of Founder James Madison:

“Government is instituted to protect property of every sort…. This being the end of government, that alone is not a just government which impartially secures to every man, whatever is his own.… That is not a just government, nor is property secure under it, where the property which a man has in his personal safety and personal liberty is violated by arbitrary seizures of one class of citizens for the service of the rest.” (James Madison, The Complete Madison, p. 267.)

We are currently in a grave financial crisis precisely because of our leaders have violated our inalienable right to economic freedom. Actually, it’s more a political crisis than a financial crisis!
Government redistribution schemes in the name of “social justice” are nothing but the “arbitrary seizures” James Madison warned us about.

Property a God-Given Right?

July 11th, 2011 No comments

Where did our Founding Fathers come up with the idea that the right to own property is a God-given, inalienable right?

Answer: They read their Bible!

Our right to own property flows out of our duty to work. This goes back to the Dominion Mandate in Genesis 1:28:

“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

As we take the raw materials of the earth and mix them with Holy Spirit ingenuity to create something that blesses and serves people, we have the right to own that idea or property.

The duty to work leads to the power and privilege of creating. That which we create through our labors, we rightfully own. Consider the words of Solomon:

In all labor there is profit, but idle talk leads only to poverty. (Proverbs 14:23, Amplified)

Private property is designed to give incentive for hard work.

Luke 10:7 says, “the laborer is worthy of his wages.”

When you work, you are entitled to enjoy the fruit of your labor.

Listen to the words of the Prophet Isaiah:

“They shall build houses and inhabit them, and they shall plant vineyards and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build and another inhabit; they shall not plant and another eat [the fruit]. For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, and My chosen and elect shall long make use of and enjoy the work of their hands.” (Isaiah 65:21-22, Amplified)

God is the Owner of all things. However, He has not only given us the authority to steward what He has given to us, but He also expects a return on His investment! We are called to maximize the gifts and talents God has placed in our hands for the service of others and for His glory! (Matthew 25:14-30)

To obey God fully in the stewardship of His stuff, we create governments for the purpose of protecting our lives, our freedom of conscience, and our property. This is why God gave the command, “Thou shall not steal.” Government exists to protect private property.

Revisiting Our Inalienable Rights (2)

July 7th, 2011 No comments

While most Americans are aware of the inalienable rights to life and liberty, many are oblivious to the fact that our founders considered the right to own property as a God-given right.

Listen to the words of patriot Samuel Adams, the cousin of John, and the “Father of the American Revolution”:

The grand end of civil government, from the very nature of its institution, is for the support, protection, and defense of those very rights; the principal of which…are life, liberty, and property. (Samuel Adams, Life of Samuel Adams, 1:504.)

Here’s what his cousin, John, had to say about the importance of property rights as inalienable rights:

“The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. Property must be sacred or liberty cannot exist.” (John Adams, The Works of John Adams, 6:9, p. 280.)

These are strong words! Adams argued that true liberty is impossible without secure property rights. When governments can come and take what rightfully belongs to its citizens, then eventually the people become mere pawns and slaves of the State. The government must protect the property of its people or anarchy and tyranny will be the result.