By Don Jans
My son told me many years ago that the most efficient and perhaps even best government would be a benevolent dictator. Under this form of government, the best decisions would be made to promote liberty and prosperity and they would be made in the most efficient manner. A common definition of benevolent would be characterized by or expressing goodwill or kindly feelings, intended for benefits rather than profits. A benevolent dictator would always do what was in the best interest of the people.
Benevolent dictators exist, if at all, for only a short time. We know why.
“The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time” (Genesis 6:5).
“Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me” (Psalm 51:5).
This is not the self-assessment of the average western person. David is brutally honest about his basic condition: sinful. Despite his many good works, even David would fit the description that God gave around the time of the flood.
1 Samuel 13:14 “But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be commander over His people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”
Samuel was speaking to King Saul about David when he said God sought for himself a man after his own heart. And yet we learn about David’s many sins including his sin of adultery and murder while he was King. David was noted to be a wise and good man, but David was a human with all the weaknesses that implies. This is the very reason benevolent dictatorships last for a short time.
History reveals that more evil has been wrought on people by others who stated they were doing what was for the “greater good.” This very day in our nation, we have people who have not been charged with any crime and yet have suffered for months in solitary confinement with no court date, because those in power say they are acting for the “greater good.”
Government is evil. Government is an institution of people. People are inherently evil. Our founders understood this. Our founders had suffered under the evil of government, the evil of a King and a Parliament. The goal of our Founders was to limit government. The powers government was given were limited to those enumerated in the Constitution. In addition, the government that was created was created with three independent branches and each branch had a check and a balance against the other. This was all done with the intent of limiting government.
Despite these precautions and limitations, our government has grown to the point where it has a control on every aspect of life in our nation including how each individual lives their life, the choices they can make, and the thoughts they can have. This has happened despite our founders intending to keep us from ever living under the tyranny of government. Tyranny is when there is cruel and unfair treatment by people with power over others. Tyranny reigns in the United States today.
The question is what do we do about this situation. Thomas Jefferson told us what must be done when he said, “When once a Republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”
Our Republic has been corrupted. We have forsaken the principles of republic for the tyranny of democracy. The Republic must be restored. We have extended the power of the federal government far beyond the limited powers enumerated in the Constitution. These extended powers must be removed including but not limited to the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Agriculture which would include the elimination of welfare, the 16th amendment, The EPA, and so many others. We must restore all law-making power to the legislature and remove any law-making power from both the executive and judicial branches of government.
Our lost principles that must be restored is that all rights and liberties come from God and not government, we are a Republic and not a Democracy, the Constitution is the Supreme law of the land, judicial rulings are opinions and not law, the President’s role is to administer the law as written and not to create law, we will have a limited government, we are a nation under “rule of law” and not a nation of “arbitrary law”, the government that governs least governs best, and that the nearest government should be the ruling government which means that the federal government would have the least involvement and local government would have the most involvement.
This will require real resolve from the people. Honest and virtuous people must be elected to be our representatives. We all must become participants in governing. We must all become informed and involved citizens committed to the patriotic calling of civil disobedience. But, before we can restore our Republic, we must all go back and learn or relearn exactly what a Constitutional Republic is and why were we founded on the principles upon which we were founded.
A benevolent dictatorship can only be for a short time because of human nature. A Constitutional Republic is designed to minimize that evil that is human nature. The evil of government, due to human nature, has reared its ugly head. Let all who are Freedom Loving Americans be prepared to do whatever is necessary to restore our founding principles, to reverse the concerted move toward tyranny, and to once again have as our foundation the Jude/Christian principles as did our founding fathers.
Don Jans is a national acclaimed author and speaker. He is also a lifelong student of history, with a special emphasis on Russian history. His study of Russian history led to 1917 which led to the study of the teachings of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Don has written five books on the topic of Collectivism (Marxism, Communism, Socialism, Fascism, and Progressivism).
Don has been a guest on numerous nationally and regionally broadcast radio programs. He is a weekly guest on a nationally broadcast radio program where he discusses collectivism and how it is impacting the United States, relating current happenings to the collectivist agenda.
Don has spoken to numerous groups across the nation on the topic of who and what is the United States and who and what is collectivism. The collectivist movement has called for a transformation of the United States. What is critical for all to understand is what is the transformation; what are we now and into what will we be transformed.
Don’s speaking approach is the same as his writing approach, and that is to be direct and straight forward with no regard for the current mandated approach of political correctness.
Samuel Adams said, “It does not take a majority to prevail… but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men.” If we are to remain free, we must be about setting brushfires of freedom.