SMALL GOVERNMENT ≠ NO GOVERNMENT
68 New Regulations every day! That is what we have under the Obama regime. Stacks and stacks of paper piling us under unnecessary and redundant regulations, many with fines attached. PHOOEY! “President Barack Obama’s administration withheld some of the most controversial environmental and healthcare regulations during October so as not to jeopardize his reelection chances. However, the federal government has still posted an average of 68 regulations and notices a day for the last three months.”
So … Why is this a problem? It limits my freedom and yours!Does this mean we want NO REGULATIONS? Uh, let me think … NO! Just for contrast’s sake, let’s look at how GOD did regulations.
Originally, there were 5 BOOKS of regulations contained in the Old Covenant/Testament- The Pentateuch, or Torah, which consists of the first five books of the Bible (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, & Deuteronomy.) These are the Books of the Law given by GOD to the Israelite nation.
Exodus 20 contains the Ten Commandments. These are’]ppppp the outline for the “government” of GOD, and though He went on to explain these rules in phenomenal detail, the rules didn’t change or expand. Then later, under the New Covenant, Jesus gave two Laws:
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus was not negating the Ten Commandments or the other “Laws” of the Torah. He was paraphrasing them into an easy to grasp, condensed version. He was not doing away with the Law, but simplifying it for easier compliance.
One does not have to be a Christian to buy this concept any more than one must be a Christian to be moral. All of the major religions share relatively identical moral codes and admonish its devotees to live in peace with one another, except Islam. Our morality does not rely on identical personal beliefs, but it is essential to have a moral code of absolutes as the foundation for a civilization. No one has ever suggested since the Constitution was framed that any specific religion be declared the law of the land, and heaven forbid it ever come to that. In other words, it is obviously not necessary to be a Christian to understand that murder is morally wrong. Does one have to be a Christian to understand that incest or adultery are morally wrong? NO! We know these things in the depths of our being because we are humans. While many of these “sinful” behaviors are also “unlawful,” one need not be a Christian or a Mormon or a Catholic to perceive them as morally wrong and detrimental to society. Still they can all be contained in the simple concept of the Golden Rule.
At the rate of 68 new regulations a day, who on this earth is able to keep up? Who even keeps track of whether the new regulations contradict or modify former regulations? The Obama administration, like other before it, seem intent on micromanagement of the American people. Micromanagement, if you’ve ever experienced it, depresses creativity, ingenuity, and motivation. Those of us who work under the supervision of someone else understand the loss of freedom some supervisors can impose. The end may be the same, but forced to do things the supervisor’s way restricts my own ability to do it my own way.
The point is, the more regulations pushed onto us, the less liberty we have to make our own decisions and pursue our own brand of happiness as guaranteed us by our unchanging Constitution! We’re all familiar with KISS – Keep it simple, sweetheart! The Golden Rule (the Great Commandment above) is a paraphrase of the 10 Commandments. If we are loving (as in caring about) our neighbor, we will not steal his goods or his wife. We will not hurt his children or his property. We will not speak untruths about him or his family members. If we understand what caring about our neighbor means, we don’t need the details spelled out for us. We can actually figure it out ourselves, at least, most of us are able to do this, right?