Ezra Benson . In general terms, therefore, the proper role of government includes such defensive activities You say, “It can’t happen here. Government is a creation of the people and ought to be subservient to them. We need to be wary of giving centralized government too much power. The proper role of government [Ezra Taft Benson] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers.

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But now we come to the moment of truth.

The Proper Role of Government by Ezra Taft Benson

The reason, of course, is that material gain and economic security simply cannot be guaranteed by any government. With each group out to get its esra of the spoils, such governments historically have mushroomed into total welfare states. The economic and social cannibalism produced by this communist-socialist idea will destroy any society which adopts it and clings to it as a basic principle – ANY society.

It’s a quick read that shed a different light for me on the direction our government is heading.

As Henry David Thoreau explained: It is short and to the point. Its only source of authority and power is from the people bensoj have created it. Be firm in our convictions that our cause is just. Rights are either God-given as part of the Divine Plan, or they are granted by government as part of the political plan.

We should fully recognize that government is no plaything. Your browser does not support the audio element. In light of that knowledge, his politics might be comfortably compared to those of recent GOP presidential candidate Mitt Governmnet.


The Proper Role of Government

There is a reason Reagan distanced himself from these extremist views near the end of Benson’s time as secretary of agriculture. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

First, the community or city. I feel like this article is the modern version well, relatively speaking of Thomas Paine’s “Common Sense”. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

It makes so much sense that our leaders and the way we vote should be based on principles and n This is a quick read govednment you will want to spend some time with it because it is so meaty. I urge all Americans to arouse themselves and stay aroused. He states ” I believe that governments were instituted of God for the benefit of man; and that he holds men accountable for their acts in relation to them, both in making laws and administering them, for the good and safety of society,” but then his arguments rest on the fact that government tart instituted by men and only possess the powers entrusted to them by the og.

As James Madison said before the adoption of the Constitution, ” We rest all our political experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.

So I urge all Americans to put their courage to the test. But I am opposed to the doctrine of separation of church and state as currently interpreted to divorce government from any formal recognition of God. There is one simple test. I, for one, shall never accept that premise.

These are the guidelines which determine, now and in the future, my attitudes and actions toward all domestic proposals and projectsals and projects of government. But, it is a question which is vital to an understanding of the principles which underlie the proper function of government. If you understand the need and role of government then you won’t vote stupid, and you won’t ever wonder how to vote again.


We do not need to.

The basic concept is that the government has full responsibinsidered eezra a jail. If his neighbor wishes to give it or lend it, that is another question. Without that help we cannot long endure. Also a short, quick read. Furthermore, I tell them that if anyone resists the enforcement of the law, they are to use any means necessary – yes, even putting the lawbreaker to death or putting him in jail – to overcome such resistance.

It is truly rema Updated By this logic, the Soviet Union fell because it fed the poor.

The Proper Role of Government – Ezra Taft Benson – BYU Speeches

I was struck by prpper pertinent the information is for today’s political climate. If you don’t already happen to believe that, there is nothing that Benson tries to convince you with. I think his political beliefs have done great harm to Utah politics. To ask other readers questions about The Proper Role of Governmentplease sign up.