What’s a government to do?

THOMAS JEFFERSON LEADERSHIP

… The only orthodox object of the institution of government is to secure the greatest degree of happiness possible to the general mass of those associated under it … unless the mass retains sufficient control over those intrusted with the powers of government, these will be perverted to their own oppression and to the perpetuation of wealth and power in the individuals and their families selected for the trust.

Source: To F. A. Van der Kemp, March 22, 1812
Koch & Peden’s Life and Selected Writings of Thomas Jefferson,
P. 566


Patrick Lee’s Explanation

Liberating leaders keep government focused on its highest purpose.
Van der Kemp was a Dutch immigrant, intellectual and friend. He and Jefferson were corresponding about the Constitution. Jefferson reiterated a common theme: Government’s only proper role is the happiness of its people. (Remember “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness …“ from 1776?)

To maintain such a limited and focused government, the citizens must continue to exercise active control over it. Failure to do so will result in:
– Government’s powers being used against them
– Those in government using their positions to perpetuate wealth and power
in themselves, their families and their descendants.


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