George Will – The Danger of a Government with Unlimited Power

George Will - The Danger of a Government with Unlimited PowerMadison vs. Wilson

“Wilsonian government, meaning (in Wilson’s words) government with ‘unstinted power,’ is hostile to Madison’s Constitution, which, Madison said, obliges government ‘to control itself.’ Thus our choice is between government restraint rooted in respect for nature, or government free to follow History wherever government says History marches.”

The Danger of a Government with Unlimited Power. Read the column HERE.

“Lack of ‘a limiting principle’ is the essence of progressivism, according to William Voegeli, contributing editor of the Claremont Review of Books, in his new book ‘Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State.’ The Founders, he writes, believed that free government’s purpose, and the threats to it, are found in nature. The threats are desires for untrammeled power, desires which, Madison said, are ‘sown in the nature of man.’ Government’s limited purpose is to protect the exercise of natural rights that pre-exist government, rights that human reason can ascertain in unchanging principles of conduct and that are essential to the pursuit of happiness.”

Read the full column HERE.

“The cheerful assumption is that “evolving” must mean ‘improving.’ Progressivism’s promise is a program for every problem, and progressivism’s premise is that every unfulfilled desire is a problem.”

Read the full column HERE.

“Today, government finds the limitless power of dispensing not in Madison’s Constitution of limited government but in Wilson’s theory that the Constitution actually frees government from limitations.”

Read the full column HERE. (have I made the point?)

“Lacking a limiting principle, progressivism cannot say how big the welfare state should be but must always say that it should be bigger than it currently is.”

Read the full column HERE.

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