Benson expresses a classical American conservative viewpoint of government The government has the duty to protect individuals rights, liberty and property but no right to redistribute wealth or establish welfare programs This relies on the premise that individuals rights are god given and the government is created by men Thus the government is not legitimized to infringe on the individuals rights.The problem is that he just claims that these rights are given by God If you don t already happen to [...]
I can now see clearly why it takes a moral, educated people to be governed by our Constitution If people do not value truth than convenience, and principle than entertainment, this form of government truly is inadequate to govern them This book helped me to see that we are far Socialist as a nation than I had before understood.
The edition I read was full of typographical errors that at best made it slightly difficult to read and at worst completely changed the intended meaning of a sentence For example If we accept the premise that human rights are granted by government, then we must be willing to accept the corollary that they can h.e sic denied by government I, for one, shall ever accept that premise In those two sentences my complaints are made evident Obviously h.e should be be and though it may not be clear from [...]
This book is a very short, powerful essay on exactly what you expect the proper role of government The author shows very clearly the fundamentals of government and compares the good the proper roles of government with the bad the improper roles that have entrenched themselves in modern America He quotes Frederic Bastiat and Thomas Paine and John Locke and Thomas Jefferson and George Washington quite a bit My favorite bit is his test for government programs that all citizens would do well to impl [...]
This is a quick read but you will want to spend some time with it because it is so meaty Benson s arguments are very solid as he describes the role of government and why we have them I especially love the examples about how taking from one group and giving to another is really legalized plunder He got some of his ideas from Frederic Bastiat who he quotes extensively Benson is much easier to read It makes so much sense that our leaders and the way we vote should be based on principles and not jus [...]
This is definitely worth reading, despite when it was actually published The message and principles that President Benson teaches in this book are simple, basic, and precise.President Benson s teachings of moral, just laws for social, economic, and political are of great value even in our times in the 21st Century The ever growing need to restore our republican form of government in the United States could never be better than now We need to cast off the chains of socialism and the false ideals [...]
Starting with the dictionary defined flaw that we should all agree on, Benson speaks of socialism as if synonymous with feeding the poor but fails to mention economic subsidies.He also gives a fictitious history of the fall of the Soviet Union affording no credit to the Balkans, the Russian people, Gorbachev, mass executions and national hunger at the hands of Stalin, or Stalin s corruption of socialism itself and attributes the entire collapse to the very concept of socialism By this logic, the [...]
There must be numerous versions of this out there My library copy has the same cover as this edition The Proper Role and Improper Role of Government, but without the words and Improper Role It also has additional credits on the bottom crediting the compilation to Hans V Andersen, Jr Inside, Governments May Be Used to Preserve or Destroy Freedom by H Verlan Anderson is included after the Benson article I agree with much of Benson s philosophy of smaller government, but disagree with many of his s [...]
I was initially surprised at all the discussion of the Church of LDS on here, until I discovered the pamphlet s author, Ezra Taft Benson, had presided over that church until his death in 1985 In light of that knowledge, his politics might be comfortably compared to those of recent GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney Here, Benson spends the first sections establishing the nationalist viewpoint, and the second half of his text enumerating the reasons why America should fear and shun socialism, [...]
I feel like this article is the modern version well, relatively speaking of Thomas Paine s Common Sense Benson gives a compelling argument using everyday illustrations and examples of the restriction of freedom due to legal plunder He s drawing on and quotes the works of French economist and philosopher Frederic Bastiat This article was published in 1968 The common sense principles of why men create a government in the first place and what happens when those selected to represent step outside th [...]
Ezra Taft Benson served in various government capacities, including serving on Eisenhower s cabinet as Sec y of Agriculture until his death in 1994 He was an outspoken critic of socialism in all its forms and this pamphlet really speaks to his political philosophy as well as giving a very broad history of tax policy, welfare, etc He successfully brings to light the perversions of authority and ignorance of the original intent of founders and statesmen that has plagued the U.S for the past hundre [...]
I have been so concerned with the way our government is being run The foriegn policy, the economy, open borders, the North American Union There is so much out there that needs to be understood for what it is I have read this pamphlet before, but I took it off my shelf and read it again today It is AWESOME If you wonder what you should vote for or against read President Benson s talk He gives you some guidelines or questions to ask yourself that will help you to know whether or not the laws they [...]
Every American needs to read this I wanted to quote a small bit in this review that struck out to me mostbut looking back through The Proper Role of Government, I can t decide Everything he said struck me as true that I m just going to settle with his ending words All right thinking Americans should now take their stand So I urge all Americans to put their courage to the test Be firm in our convictions that our cause is just Reaffirm our faith in all things for which true Americans have always s [...]
I agree with quite a bit of the basic principle in this pamphlet, but I am troubled by the logic 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 is instituted by men and only possess the powers entrusted to them by the governed If, in fact, governments are in [...]
Should be required reading for every American, it will impact the way you see so much of what our government undertakes There is such power in simmering things down to basic principles against which all actions can be measured In conjunction with studying this, I highly recommend either reading or listening to a speech given by Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research and one who has studied extensively the idea of giving Find the speech here speec [...]
Updated 2 24 11 I read this for the second time, also watched the video at jbs I was struck by how pertinent the information is for today s political climate They were aware of the principles of correct government policy then and we are farther away than at that point in time I wish people would wake up, open their eyes, and see the peril we are in The United States is nearly lost This is a must read for all LDS members and for anyone who cares about the United States It is truly remarkable how [...]
The philosophy of this manifesto should be central to all Americans regardless of age, race, position, or any other such demographic within the United States of America It serves as a primer to a serious study of moral law and the proper role of government Through careful review of Benson s sources and their respective literary works, a powerful message can be delivered to the heart of mankind regarding morality and the true nature of our existence.
A short but hard hitting synposis of the PRINCIPLES underlying good government How do you tell if the government should be acting in any particular role This short treatise gives you the tools to understand whether or not anything should be a function of the government Along with the Constitution and Declaration of Independance, his should be mantatory reading in any high school government class.
Everyone in America should read this 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 He teaches principles, not facts You can read this online somewhere It s really short I ve acted out the sheriff story many times to my children and to seminary students, etc In five minutes everyone from the five year old to the teenager gets it
A most excellent paper Well researched Just for an example, a sentence from the Alabama Constitution That the sole object and only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of life, liberty, and property, and when the government assumes other functions it is usurpation and oppression Art 1, Sec 35
A must read for every single American, particularly if you are a governement official In this document we find the answers to all our countries ills If we started to live the advice layed out here, I wonder if our country could not be turned around within one presidential term I would absolutely love to see a political debate between Ezra Taft Benson and Karl Marx.
A must read Member of the LDS church or not, whether right wing, left wing, center or independent, you must pick this up and learn about how the government should be run, what is it s role and what is not, the dangers and truths about communism socialism and what we should do to preserve America and our freedoms Profound Also a short, quick read.
This book is a masterpiece of sound reasoning on the proper role of any government, especially ours the U.S under our God given Constitution One of my very favorites I gifted it to several of my neighbors after attending the last Republican caucus I am not a Republican , and will continue doing that.
I read this book on Saturday at our cousin s house and we proceeded to talk about the constitution and our government the whole rest of the day It s a quick read that shed a different light for me on the direction our government is heading Having total respect for the author, it s given me lots to think about
This is another must read It s short less than 20 pages I think But I have never seen socialism spelled out clearly than in these pages We must never succumb to socialism even though we now live in a socialistic society Loved this book too.