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Does bad government result in too much government?


It seems that most Americans agree with John Locke’s philosophy when Locke speaks of a state of nature where men are free, equal, and independent. Although Americans, agree to be governed by consent; they expect that government respects the rights of individuals under Natural Law. Intrusiveness by a government is not acceptable to American citizens.



Our founding fathers desired a small government with less power over individuals and not allow the federal government to expand beyond control. As Thomas Jefferson  famously said,

“Bad government results from too much government.”

Some of the synonyms of intrusiveness are annoying, interfering, troublesome, irritating, and disturbing. No matter how a government injects intrusive policies and law upon its citizens, it will do so without an invitation from its citizens.

Founding Fathers Government
Founding Fathers

That can be construed as a violation of Natural Law.

Our founding fathers wrote in part in the Preamble of the Constitution, “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice…[to] secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity…” Another words, Americans belief in the Rule of Law.

With that, our founding fathers wrote in the Fourth Amendment:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Thus, restricting government from being in any manner intrusive in our personal lives.



Americans must be watchful that our government does not reduce American rights under the guise of American “security.” For example, the government cannot arrest a person without probable cause, and cannot confiscate any item or search, without probable cause. A warrant signed by a judge is required, by the Fourth Amendment.

Have any federal agencies attempted to undermine the Fourth Amendment? Yes. The U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI believe they can review Americans’ e-mails, Facebook chats, Twitter direct messages, and other private files without a warrant. One U.S. attorney stated that a subpoena signed by a prosecutor, not a judge, is sufficient to obtain records.

FBI agent
FBI agent

(DITU) is part of the FBI’s Operational Technology Division, which gathered information ends up in the hands of the U.S. National Security Agency. DITU “ensures that phone companies as well as Internet service and email providers are complying with surveillance law and delivering the information that the government has demanded and in the format that it wants.”

Americans must keep in mind that no matter how much “security” government wants to impose upon its citizens, it must be lawful, and constitutional, grounded on good faith.



The last part of The Preamble states,

 “…do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.” The purpose of The Preamble is to explain systematically and in detail the application of the powers actually conferred by the Constitution and not to create them.

The Constitution
The Constitution

The application of American “security” must be executed under the application of good faith and not in an intrusive manner. Angela R. Holder and John T. R. Holder (1997) wrote in The Meaning of the Constitution, “To Locke, natural law meant that men, because of their humanity, have certain inalienable rights that should not be transgressed by the state or other men, and that among these inalienable rights are the right to life, liberty and property.”

Let’s pray that the federal government strengthens its good faith in the U.S. Constitution and not tyranny.


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