The Incontiguous Brick

September 23, 2008

On Government

Filed under: politics,Wordpress Political Blogs — iknowkeith @ 10:29 pm

The consummate leader cultivates the moral law, and strictly adheres to method and discipline; thus it is in his power to control success.

~Sun Tzu, The Art of War



There is a very strong temptation… for government forces to act outside the law, the excuses being that the process of the law are too cumbersome, that normal safeguards in the law for the individual are not designed for an insurgency and that a terrorist deserves to be treated as an outlaw anyway.  Not only is this morally wrong, but, over a period, it will create more practical difficulties for a government than it solves.  A government which does not act in accordance with the law forfeits the right to be called a government and cannot expect its people to obey the law.  Functioning in accordance with the law is a very small price to pay in return for the advantage of being the government.


~Sir Robert Grainger Ker Thompson, Defeating Communist Insurgency:

Experiences from Malaya and Vietnam (1966)


1 Comment »

  1. Brother,

    I’ve been thinking for a long time about this…

    We now have a system of government that can intervene in any sphere of life, for any reason, at anytime to do anything. All you need are legions of lawyers to make (specious) arguments and (unelected and unaccountable) Justices to agree. We’ve been travelling down that road for decades and now we’re arriving at the logical conclusion of that trip.

    Couple questions:
    1. Is the Constitution a limiting document (on Gov’t) or a permissive one (which allows Gov’t to do not only what is explicitly stated but also other things)? If it is permissive, then what are the limits and who sets them?
    2. What is federalism? Does it exist and function in the way that was intended?
    3. When lawyers and judges can “rewrite” the Constitution at will (by 5 votes) without any ratification procedure (as is required for other proposed changes to the Constitution), is this really a Republic (or some sort of new Kritocracy)?

    We’ve been given a Republic… if we can keep it.


    PS Greetings from VN!

    Comment by Bill — October 29, 2008 @ 4:56 am | Reply

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