Self control is key to successful government

Aug. 6, 2012 at 3:06 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

"It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible." This is what George Washington and the others who established this nation believed. Alexis de Toqueville also noted that though religion was not directly involved in the political process, it is it's primary foundational support.

National government based on God and the Bible has to start with self government, or self control. Notable historians believe at the time of the War for Independence 96 to 99 percent of the citizens were professing Christians. Even with doctrinal differences, there were some basic beliefs among all the different denominations. These common beliefs built one of the most moral and successful nations in world history.

There has been a steady erosion of these core beliefs, but many look back at the turbulent 60s as the watershed year. Since then, like flood waters recede, so have our morals. Not only in the sexual arena. From frugality to work ethic, to honesty, to charity, yes even civility. We have become a covetous people. Not believing in sacrifice and hard work as the way to prosperity, but wanting what others have and using government programs to get a "piece of the pie."

I read somewhere that if your cause needs government support to survive, it is a cause not worth the public interest. We fuss and fume about our leaders, but do we have the character and integrity necessary to make things better from the bottom up? Thomas Carlyle said, "In the long run, every government is the exact symbol of its people." It's similar to what Benjamin Franklin said, our Constitution will only last as long as the people do not become despotic. The long road out of this morass of abusive overbearing government is the influence of private character. If you are of the mindset that our government has not become overbearing and enjoy eating at the government table, then be ready to do the dishes, and it will take more that "Dawn" to clean them.

Tony Corte, Victoria



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