By Jerry Todd, staff writer
The fragile topsoil of freedom and enterprise can be clogged with the hardpan of regulations or blown away by the evil winds of “progressivism.” There are simple ways to draw from Subsoil (the combined application of the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity)… See here for more details: http://www.principia-scientific.org/chaos-and-subsoil-where-science-prospers.html
Lawmaking and bureaucracy must incorporate Subsoil into the conception, design and government operations to preserve the American Way of Life as the Founders intended. Sworn Constitutional officers must honor the solemnity of their oaths to protect and defend the Constitution in spite of political agendas.
Five important questions must be asked, truthfully answered and applied with integrity:
1. Will this new law help or hurt initiative or personal responsibility? Is it an entitlement, or will people be challenged and motivated to exceed the law’s intended goals? Are the people allowed to do their best when challenged?
2. Does the legislation or the bureaucracy it authorizes benefit the wider community without focusing on special interest groups (selective privilege) save for specific needs of the helpless? (We’re all needy – we’re not all helpless!)
3. Will this legislation put people or regions in a box? Are individual and community initiative and uniqueness subordinated to a rigid plan for central control through taxes, financial manipulation or bureaucratic overreach in environmental, health, welfare, immigration and energy policies
4. Will the legislation require major government oversight or will it encourage and maximize private enterprise and employment? Personal involvement with open opportunities leads to the development of individual gifts and talents and from these, new technologies, industries and services.
5. Is the legislation less than 100 pages in length, devoid of selective privileges and unrelated riders? Draconian bills of great length are by definition “pretended legislation,” filled with poison pills and bureaucratic license that is always abused. No more passing bills to see what’s in them. If a bill is too long, it becomes impossible to analyze and critique.
It took only 13 “Acts” of King George over 11 years to rile the Colonists to the Revolution that gave us a great country – a Constitutional Republic. Today we have 159 new agencies to “eat out the people’s substance” in Obamacare alone – not to mention 75,000 pages of new EPA regulations no one understands and the bureaucrats are hell bent to enforce for power and job security.
Subsoil could be a good tool for vetting candidates and sorting out the public servants from the bureaucrats. No time better than the present.