Wherefore, honest men and wise men should be sought for diligently, and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold; (D&C 98:10)

Friday, April 20, 2012

"a contrast between two ways of governing"

I'm going to try to draw a contrast between two ways of governing. I think this contrast is the choice we have to make. We have to decide if we are going to be governed one way or the other. I don't think they are compatible. I don't think this particular house can remain divided against itself indefinitely .
- Centralized, administrative, bureaucratic rule
- Constitutional rule
They depend on different principles. They have different ways of proceeding. I think they can be distinguished. I think you can tell the difference between the works of one versus the works of the other. 
This come from the fourth part of the introduction to the Constitution 101 series.

Principles and Arrangements of Government

"These are the things to know"

Equality             good
Separation of Powers
Limited Government

What a great introduction to the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.  Watch them all.  I am enjoying them ever so much. He talks about these principles and arrangements in part 4 of the introduction.

If these principles are true, they are describing a being of such a kind that he may not be governed except with his consent. But, also, being of such a kind, he must be governed in these ways.  Because we are the kind of creature that will take advantage of each other, if we get a chance; either the many or the few of us.