NAPOLITANO: Government of waste and lawlessness

Friday, April 20, 2012
By Paul Martin

Washington repudiates the Constitution every day

By Andrew P. Napolitano
Thursday, April 19, 2012

What can we learn from allegations against a half-dozen supervisors in the General Services Administration (GSA) about wasting – and perhaps stealing – taxpayer dollars on foolishness in Las Vegas and against a dozen Secret Service agents about dangerously procuring prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, while there to prepare for a visit by the president?

If the allegations are true – and they seem to be – the behavior of those federal workers reflects a view hardly consistent with the ideas of limited government and public trust. The United States is the only nation in history founded on the principle that people voluntarily give up some personal freedom in order to form a central government of limited powers and for limited purposes. Those purposes, according to the Constitution, consist primarily of the maintenance of personal freedom, natural rights and property rights, civil liberties and commercial liberties.

In all other nations where there is some freedom, government power begrudgingly permits limited freedoms. In the United States, personal freedom has permitted the government to have limited powers.

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