Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat
I agree with Ron Paul on one thing here. Chris Rossini makes a good point that I’ll mention as well. But Representative Paul said that government is one of the last institutions to legislate morality. Why is that? Because government represents and governs the people. Government is only as good as the people they represent. Rarely if ever better and in many cases worst. Americans tend not to avoid paying their taxes and taking bribes. Legislatures who vote for bills because thats what their donors want them to do. But a lot of politicians do and you could argue every politician takes bribes at least in the sense that lobbyists tell them that if they vote for or against this piece of legislation, they’ll give them their support. Financial support, as well as their endorsement.
Its what’s called legalized bribery. Joe Jones (or whatever name you want to use) tells Senator Smith or Wilson, that if they vote for or against this legislation, they’ll back their reelection campaign financially and verbally. But if a private citizen offers a police officer 20 bucks if they don’t write them a ticket, that person could be arrested for attempting to bribe a police officer. If people want a moral government, than they need to vote for moral people to represent them in government and then hold them accountable.
Its easy for anyone to run on morality in a political campaign. But that old cliche of actions speak louder than words, the intelligent person who came up with that quote must of had politicians in mind when they said that. Because behaving in office and actually doing what you campaign on, is hell of a lot different than saying we need morality and I’m in favor of this against that and this is what I’m going to do if you elect or reelect me.
Government is only as good as the people it represents and that is government when its at its best. And there are good moral politicians and I believe most civil servants, as well as law enforcement officers, foreign affairs officers, military personal, as well as a lot of politicians, are generally good people who want to do the right thing. (No, I really believe that) But if government wants a moral society, than they need to set the example and not try to hold the people they’re supposed to represent to a higher standard than they are willing to hold themselves simply because they think they can get away with it and have the power. Because at the end of the day the people always have the power in a liberal democracy. The power to fire politicians who don’t do a good job representing them.
Ron Paul Liberty Report: Ron Paul & Chris Rossini- Government’s Can’t Legislate Morality
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