Principles are Always at Risk to Management

Any entity established with principles is at risk to the administrators charged with executing those principles. At a fundamental level a government is simply a transactional engine. It takes resources in and distributes them according to a predetermined set of principles or instructions in order to accomplish a political agenda. Similarly the benevolent arm of the church simply serves as an infrastructure to collect needs and match them with collected resources. People entrust money to these institutions with the hopes that it will be distributed according to the principles the institution espouses. The problem with these institutions is that they depend upon the integrity of a human administrator to facilitate the transactions. Humans are prone to fraudulent behavior and error, and all of history is full of examples where people have established institutions of noble principle that ultimately have fallen due to human corruption or ignorance.

Our Constitutional government is no exception to this rule. The founders developed the system of government with explicit rules. These rules enumerated the specific powers that the federal government was to have. Because they still had to rely on human administrators to ultimately facilitate the transactions according to the principles of the new government, they developed intricate systems of checks and balances of power in an attempt to offset corruption and ignorance.

The principles upon which the institutions they created were founded were well documented, however over time human corruption and incompetence has eroded the founding principles that operate our government. As the government began to step further and further outside of the roles prescribed to it by the Constitution, it began to divert more and more political authority away from the people by the means of taking on the dependency of the poor. In the past century this transfer of authority has been all but completed as more of the population of the United States than ever depend upon the federal government for all or part of their needs.  This dependency is a shift away from the people, in the forms of families, charities, and churches and with it goes the political power of these individuals and institutions.

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