March 12, 2016 AD
While at SXSW in Austin yesterday, Friday March 11, Barack Obama “made a passionate case for mobile devices to be built in such a way as to allow government to gain access to personal data if needed to prevent a terrorist attack or enforce tax laws”, as reported Jeff Mason of Reuters News Service
I point to two of the first ten amendments to our Constitution.
The Fourth Amendment limits government from warrant-less “unreasonable searches”.
The Fifth Amendment limits government from forcing us to “be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself”.
Looking a little deeper into the aforementioned amendments, one discovers another tenet of the Founding Fathers: government accountability. I hasten to point out the difference between accountability and responsibility.
Still a fourth tenet of the Founding Fathers is found in the Declaration of Independence which is at the foundation of republican government. Governments are instituted to secure our inalienable rights, rights that are protected by the Bill of Rights, thank you George Mason.
On the matter of government accountability, (1) where was the president the night of the Benghazi attack when our ambassador was denied military protection?; (2) Why was Eric Holder allowed to unlawfully ship thousands of high-power firearms to Mexican criminals with impunity?; (3) Where are the answers to questions by Congressional committees on the actions of federal agencies?
Yes, we citizens are bound to be accountable for our actions; even more so government. The underlying idea of George Orwell’s Animal Farm distills to this: the book was a satirical tale against Joseph Stalin whose name today represents all-powerful tyrannical government. Orwell’s underlying message to us today is we should always question the actions and motives of government and we should never blindly accept government dicta.
While I can present ample arguments against big-and-getting-bigger government, I believe I better serve my fellow citizens by pointing to an appropriate cure for corrupt government, as outlined in the Bible, 1 Timothy 2:1-3 NLT.
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior…
Even I have difficulty praying this way for Barack Obama, but this is nonetheless the prescribed action to which God calls us.