Ezra Taft Benson: Foundation and Function of Government

Ezra Taft Benson


No people can maintain freedom unless their political institutions are founded upon faith in God and belief in the existence of moral law. God has endowed, men with certain inalienable rights, and no legislature and no majority, however great, may morally limit or destroy these. The function of government is to protect life, liberty, and property, and anything more or less than this is usurpation and oppression.

Source: Ezra Taft Benson. Excerpt from his April 1968 General Conference address, “Americans are Destroying Americans.”

Called Unto Liberty is researched, compiled, and edited (with occasional introductory or explanatory notes and commentary) by Steve Farrell, Editor-In-Chief of The Moral Liberal.