Friday, October 24, 2008

Nothing has changed.

I can't help but note that nothing has changed. Nothing is new under the sun. The same debate that rages over our election on Nov. 4th is the same debate that raged in the 1780s as we were writting our constitution. How BIG should the government be?

Men are evil by nature. So, if government is not big enough, who will protect men from other men. In the same right, men run governments so who will protect men from government?

Isn't that exactly what we are faced with in our two candidates? How big SHOULD government be?

My favorite American quote summarizes this tension:

"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself."

James Madison

Which leads me to the realization that the Cure is not political. The Cure is a Person.