guest post by Theorist D
The U.S Constitution is a contract between the citizens of the United States and their government. The Citizens of the United States pay taxes to their government, the contractor, so the government may provide security and act as a neutral arbiter in conflict. Payment of taxes by citizens obligates the government to provide national security of both a physical and a financial nature. This security allows citizens to spend their time and resources pursuing their own self interest. Ultimately, this paradigm places U.S. citizens as superior to the government, which naturally places the government in a position of inferiority. Due to a combination of political ambition and public apathy, this paradigm has been inverted over the past 200 years.
We no longer find citizens as the dictators of public policy, but rather government as the micromanager of private life. Government heavily influences individuals through regulations and tax policy by picking who starts businesses, and what business opportunities may be pursued. Opportunities perceived by government as “for the public good” are blessed by government’s removal of inhibitory regulations or by the award of tax credits. On the other hand, opportunities and pursuits to which government is either indifferent, or perceives as “contrary to the public good” are rendered nearly impossible through regulation and taxation. This attack on individualism is diabolically opposed to our founding document’s statement that each citizen “has a right to live, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
The best way to reverse this trend of government intrusion is to teach and advocate the same rigid individualism applauded in our founding documents. Succeeding generations must be taught that the United States Constitution is a contract for security and procedure, providing for the pursuit of their dreams and interests. At the same time, they must also be taught that the United States Constitution is NOT a contract for governmental micromanagement.