What Is The Proper Role of Government? Part 2

The guys over at Defending Utah discuss principles five through eight of Ezra Taft Benson's powerful speech, The Proper Role Of Government, in this podcast episode.

Do our current government officials obey these principles?

Five:
“I HOLD THAT THE CONSTITUTION DENIES GOVERNMENT THE POWER TO TAKE FROM THE INDIVIDUAL EITHER HIS LIFE, LIBERTY, OR PROPERTY EXCEPT IN ACCORDANCE WITH MORAL LAW; THAT THE SAME MORAL LAW WHICH GOVERNS THE ACTIONS OF MEN WHEN ACTING ALONE IS ALSO APPLICABLE WHEN THEY ACT IN CONCERT WITH OTHERS; THAT NO CITIZEN OR GROUP OF CITIZENS HAS ANY RIGHT TO DIRECT THEIR AGENT, THE GOVERNMENT, TO PERFORM ANY ACT WHICH WOULD BE EVIL OR OFFENSIVE TO THE CONSCIENCE IF THAT CITIZEN WERE PERFORMING THE ACT HIMSELF OUTSIDE THE FRAMEWORK OF GOVERNMENT.” 

Six:
“I AM HEREBY RESOLVED THAT UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL THE FREEDOMS GUARANTEED BY THE BILL OF RIGHTS BE INFRINGED. IN PARTICULAR I AM OPPOSED TO ANY ATTEMPT ON THE PART OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO DENY THE PEOPLE THEIR RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS, TO WORSHIP AND PRAY WHEN AND WHERE THEY CHOOSE, OR TO OWN AND CONTROL PRIVATE PROPERTY.” 

Seven:
“I CONSIDER OURSELVES AT WAR WITH INTERNATIONAL COMMUNISM WHICH IS COMMITTED TO THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR GOVERNMENT, OUR RIGHT OF PROPERTY, AND OUR FREEDOM; THAT IT IS TREASON AS DEFINED BY THE CONSTITUTION TO GIVE AID AND COMFORT TO THIS IMPLACABLE ENEMY.” 

Eight:
“I AM UNALTERABLY OPPOSED TO SOCIALISM, EITHER IN WHOLE OR IN PART, AND REGARD IT AS AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL USURPATION OF POWER AND A DENIAL OF THE RIGHT OF 

PRIVATE PROPERTY FOR GOVERNMENT TO OWN OR OPERATE THE MEANS OF PRODUCING AND DISTRIBUTING GOODS AND SERVICES IN COMPETITION WITH PRIVATE ENTERPRISE, OR TO REGIMENT OWNERS IN THE LEGITIMATE USE OF PRIVATE PROPERTY.” 

You can watch Ezra Taft Benson deliver this speech, himself, in the video below!
What Is The Proper Role of Government? Part 2