The Quickest Way for a Government to Lose Credibility and ControlSubmitted by dwalters on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 18:54
The quickest way for a government to lose credibility and control is to begin passing laws that will not be followed. Doing so - inevitably - precipitates a predictable chain of events.
The first step is widespread non-compliance with the unjust laws. Second comes attempts by the overreaching government to enforce their will at the point of a sword - in the process needlessly murdering civilians through witch-hunting tactics and executions. Third, the hearts and the minds of the remaining population that once supported the regime are lost once the true nature of the beast is revealed. The productivity of the society becomes decimated leaving no fruits for the government to pillage. Then, the fanciful dreams of the dictators to rule their dreamt of utopia are revealed to be an unrealizable fantasy as they witness the ruin that they have brought to the land. Through survival of the imposed hard times, people once again learn what it means to be self-sufficient and free. Eventually - long after the dictator is gone - productivity returns through the actions of individuals seeking to improve their own situations. Freedom and prosperity once again rear their heads.
The only way to avoid this fate is for the government to have respect for the rule of law and stay within its bounds.
Just as kings were not sanctioned by gods to do as they pleased, neither are "representative" governments sanctioned to do what they wish and claim, like Nixon - "Well, when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal." Those are the words of a tyrant.
Tyrant - a sovereign or other ruler who uses power oppressively or unjustly
Dictates in opposition to established law are unjust and - by definition - acts of a tyrant.