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Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives

  
 

 

 

Congressional Issues 2010
SOCIETY
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Public Service"



Congress should:
  • serve the public by eliminating government restrictions on private service
  • not serve the public by attempting to duplicate private service with compulsory tax-financed "national service."

PRIVATE SERVICE CREATES PUBLIC ORDER


Politicians are often called "public servants." They are seldom of genuine service to society, and usually undermine true service.

It is not enough to say, with Jesus (Mark 10:42-45), that we should not be "archists." Jesus does more than prohibit us from being like the Gentile kings. He gives us a positive command as well. The command to be "servants" is the well-spring of social order.

Many who hear a proposal to eliminate zillions of "government programs" are rightfully and properly shocked, because they have been trained to feel this is a disregard of important social duties, such as education, care of the poor and elderly, and checking crime. Our criticism of the State is not a disregard of these or any other "civil" functions, but a belief that the State is creating disorder in each area where it intervenes in an attempt to create or maintain these civil functions.

Our goal is to encourage greater personal responsibility for the functions of "civil government" and ensure that these functions are carried out efficiently and humanely.

Social order is neither created nor maintained by the coercive apparatus of "organized government." Social order is not the result of threats and negative sanctions. Social order begins in the Family. Social order never leaves the home to take up residence on Capitol Hill. Such social order permeates society and expands spontaneously.

Abraham our Model
"Civil Government" begins at home; "Patriarchy," not Politics
Who Counts the Most Important Things of All?
Not Washington, D.C.
Trusting God rather than the State
"Vengeance is Mine," saith the LORD; so is social order
How Should We Then Live?  
Long-forgotten paths which generate social order
Voluntary Associations
A more potent source for social order than coerced action
Gary North on "social overhead capital"
Significant expenses not always found on the ledger books
America's Founding Fathers recognized this
Statism: The Idolatry of our Age
Obedience in Life
pleases God more than Ritual and Sacrifices in Church
Virtue in a State-free society
Morality, not coercion, creates social order
Morality in a Church-free society
Education must be religious


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