The Role of Government
Section 3: Guardian Against Tyranny and Oppression of its People
Section 3A: Guarding from within the Government
The government, at all levels, must guard against itself from becoming a
tyrannical power. It must guard against the unfocused pursuit of improvement.
By imposing means of improvement upon the people of the community or
nation, a government becomes oppressive by burdening the citizens with
activities and actions not natural to their own manner of accelerating to their
desired ends. The government of a city, state, or between the states, or
between counties, or at any level must not act for the people. The people must
act for themselves. The representatives cannot assume authority to act on
behalf of their constituents. The representatives making up the government
cannot impose upon the people, whether for better or for worse, intentional or
unintentional. The constituents must impose upon the representative to act for
them. No matter how innocent and pure the intention of the government, the
representative, may be, acting on behalf of the people without the explicit
specific consent of the people is tyranny. No matter the seeming impracticality
of referring back to constituent for a decision or action, no legislative body can
take action without that explicit specific consent for every action taken. Only in
the most dire and tragic of circumstances requiring immediate action can the
head of the executive branch of any level of government act without first
communicating with the constituents they represent.
Members of government; legislative, executive, or judicial, must always
support each other and ensure that they are each representing the constituents.
When a matter is brought to legislation and a representative responds
immediately, the other representatives must be wary of this. Other
representatives present must press the quick-tongued representative to ensure
the constituents are responding and not the representative. When the
legislator brings bills for the government executive to sign as laws, the
executive must ensure that all individuals involved were speaking through their
representatives, and not being spoken for by the representative.
Representatives and executives must be ever vigilant in this, especially when
agreeing with each other. Representatives and executives must be ever vigilant
in this, especially when disagreeing with each other. With these courtesies and
manners, the government can be effective in their pursuit to properly and
accurately represent the individuals of the Nation.
Section 3B: Monopoly Must not Harm
The individuals and the government must guard from allowing one person, or
one group of people, the arbitrary power to control the manner of life of
individual citizens. A true monopoly must not exist.
The individuals affected must refuse the service of the monopolizing power
before the government can interfere. The individuals of a population must
revolt against the tyranny which rules over them. Only when the power of all
the individuals cannot change the behavior of an arbitrary authority shall the
government be called upon to make laws, binding against the oppressor.
A privately owned electric company is the only provider of electricity in the
region. This electric company decides to use a meter that frequently causes
electrical fires, thereby endangering the lives and property of its customers. All
of the customers in the region rail against this method of monitoring electrical
use. However, the electric company continues to impose this hazardous
monitoring method on its customers.
Some customers attempt to create a different electric company, or to get
power brought in from a different plant in a nearby region. Although, due to
deals and private regulations in place there is no way to get electricity to this
region without getting it from the oppressive company.
Now is the time to involve government. The individuals must gather their
government and create a law, binding against the use of the dangerous meters.
This law must contain the behavior which it is binding against, a reasonable
solution to the problem, and the method of forced correction if the electric
company does not concede to the law (such as forcing the company to replace
the meters with their own profit, or allowing a second or third electric company
into the region, or turning over the electric company to a different owner).
This type of action is only allowable when the oppression harms such a great
amount of the population that social devastation will occur. Simply not liking
the behavior of a person or group is not grounds to burden them with law. It is
not prudent to say a person can or cannot smoke tobacco in a privately owned
establishment, even if the establishment is accessible to the public. Nor is it
appropriate to dictate to a person that they can or cannot smoke tobacco in an
open public area. If an individual or group of individuals does not desire to be
affected by the smoke, they may simply avoid the area. If a bar owner does not
want smoking in his bar, let him decide. If a community does not want smoking
in a park, let that community decide. However, a high school administrator
cannot allow teachers to smoke in class rooms because the inability of the
students to remove themselves from the harm. No level of government can
dictate the behavior of individuals when no oppression, or tyranny, or harm, or
cruelty has occurred; this would only become oppression by the government.
Each level of government must tend to oppression and tyranny within its own
jurisdiction. No city can make the laws of another city. No State can make the
laws of another State. The level of government applicable must create laws
appropriate for itself. If a State make a law that only sprockets or cogs are
allowed to be had, then the one community that uses widgets will be burdened.
If an apartment building does not want to allow smoking in its common areas,
let the tenants come together and create this law. If the bar owner does not
want hats in his bar, let her decide so. If a city does not want to allow widgets
within their borders, let them decide so. However, one tenant in a building
cannot impose regulations on other tenants, just as one city cannot set the
speed limits of another city. All the patrons of a bar cannot force the owner to
allow hats in the bar. One business cannot deny the use of widgets.
These law-imposed controls are very dangerous; they must be nigh
unanimous. This is why only the most intimate local levels of government can
enact such imposing regulations. The level of government involved in the law
making comes through jurisdiction. If the electric company is using dangerous
meters throughout the State, then State level government must enact the law.
If the electric company is in only acting this way in a county, then the county
government must enact the law. If the United States is held in law with Canada
concerning behavior and activity in Lake Superior, then it is the Federal level of
law that must be enacted. Do not assume different levels of government are of
different importance. A law against murder enacted by a city of 100 is just as
powerful, and prudent, and formidable as a federal law against murder. The law
that a county enacts has no effect on the law of the State, the law of the State
has no impact on the law of a City. They can be the same law or different. It is
the matter of jurisdiction that is decisive.
Section 3C: Tyranny of the Majority
Individuals must not hide within the title of majority. Simply because 51 of
100 people prefer, for whatever reason, eating bread with the butter side up
instead of butter side down does not make it proper to do so; or improper to eat
bread with the butter side down. These 51 people cannot make it illegal for
anyone to eat bread butter side down. Preference of individual behavior is not
justifiable cause to force an action through rule of law. Simply because
1,506,239 out of 1,594,012 people would like for any particular behavior to be
suppressed and illegal, does not mean it should be so. By doing so, the
majority is oppressing the minority.
If 1,506,239 people pass a law that drinking alcohol is illegal, it is not
1,506,239 people limiting the behavior and action 87773 people. It is 1 person
limiting the action and behavior of 1,594,012; this happens 1,506,239 times.
Every person forces the rest of the people out of a choice. Before creating the
law, each individual has the choice to drink or not to drink alcohol; after creating
the law, no individual has any choice whether to drink alcohol or not. This can
be applied to any law limiting action.
In the United States of America, it is simple to accept that just because 98
people in the 100 Person City are Catholic, that there is no expectation, or law,
or imposition that the remaining 2 people must be Catholic. Even though the
large majority goes to church and behaves a particular way, no one attempts to
force the remaining minority to do so through an act of law. Then how is it,
that just because 98 people believe that smoking marijuana is wrong, that the 2
individuals must also believe this? Just because 98 people refuse to smoke
marijuana, why are the remaining 2 individuals expected to concede to the
desire of the 98 people and also not smoke marijuana? This stands for any
activity undesirable to the majority; whether it be marrying a sibling, raising
veal, cutting grass on Monday, driving faster than 45 miles per hour, having a
clay shingle roof, eating meat, not eating meat, or using a lunar calendar
instead of a solar calendar, there is no authority for a majority to dictate the
behavior of the minority. Those 98 people may appeal peacefully to the 2
individuals (without harassing them), but the 2 individuals should not be
expected to behave like the 98 just because there are 98 people behaving the
Regardless of the majority or minority, both groups are made of individuals;
and no individual can burden another without the explicit specific consent. The
majority cannot impose upon the minority. The minority cannot impose on the
Section 3D: Guard Against Foreign Oppression and Tyranny
Just as a woman cannot allow a man to rape her body; individuals and
populations, States and nations, governments and people cannot allow each
other to forcibly burden one another. It is the most important duty for the
government, the individuals that make up government, to shield the
constituents from foreign tyranny. The greatest responsibility bestowed upon
the State and Federal governments is to maintain the chastity of the individuals
of the nation which has charged them; to keep the individual citizens of the
Nation pure from blemishes of any invasion be it physical, economical, social,
cultural, or any other; and to allow only the courting of those that the
individuals of the Nation desire.