Duty is to uphold law, not coddle those who won’t work


Representative government: It used to be that students in school were told that the United States was a ”constitutional representative republic.” They were told that their freedom consisted, partly, of the fact that they ”had a voice” in their government through their representatives.

I know because many years ago I was a student who experienced this.

Let’s briefly examine this idea. We’ll take four ”classes” of people.

1. The folks who want to be free to worship, work, earn all they can, build an estate (ownership of property) and leave it to their children. (Inheritance without interference of a probate court or eminent domain.)

2. The folks who want to work, have the ”government” supplement their income and maybe leave something to their children.

3. The folks who don’t want to work, have the ”government” supply their income and complain about those who are in the first category.

4. The folks who don’t want to work, but beg, borrow and steal whatever they can in order to try to match the lifestyle of Nos. 1 and 2, with no interest at all in the well-being of their posterity.

Now, suppose a representative has some of each of these in his district. How is he going to represent them? He can’t pass enough laws to accomplish that.

The answer is in his oath of office.

He is to represent them by doing all that he can to “preserve, protect and defend” the constitutions of the United States and of his home state, county, city or township, depending on where he is serving. This would apply to judges as well.

This means that he must oppose anything that violates ”the laws of nature and nature’s God” or is clearly unconstitutional, refuse to give it his support, and expend every effort to insure that it does not become ”law.”

The true representative will even work to undo the errors of those who preceded him by attempting to cancel all ”illegal laws” that had been passed.

If he fails in this duty, he cannot be truly classified as a representative of the people, but becomes a dictator to the people. This is, possibly, doubly true of judges.

Maybe, before you vote the next time, you might want to ask the candidates about their philosophy of governing. If all they talk about is jobs, economy, health care, etc., you might not want to give them your votes. The possibility of them honoring their oath is probably nonexistent.

Jim Koehler