St. Paul viewed the Roman state not only as benign, and protective of the rights of its citizens, but even as in some way part of the Providence of God.
Government, on this view, is limited to the specific function of protecting individual rights and has no other function.
We happen to be present at a point in time when being armed with that truth is the most important single tool in the world.
Government may occasionally violate the Constitution, and that when it does, a citizen's loyalty may consist of resistance to government.
With the recognition that ideas do have consequences, the question arises as to how ideas make their way into the Washington political process.
Through much of its history America has been assumed to be a religious nation, and indeed a good deal of the time a Christian nation.
Alexis de Tocqueville, wrote these words: “The American republic will endure until the politicians find they can bribe the people with their own money.”
In sum, our technology has propelled us into a new era where we have achieved an awesome power to disrupt the very rhythms of life and to inflict costs
Unions yield power, prestige, and income to their officers; but they would not be supported by the members if their interests were not served too.
The kernel of my charge against the regulatory agencies is that their structure might have been contrived to make them responsive to pressure from media and consumerist groups.