The best government is the government that governs least which can only be if we better self-govern ourselves.
Gardening is a form of self-governing.
Gardeners reduce the need for many government programs and bureaucracies as people engage in a free enterprise that rewards in dollars, happiness, family and work ethic, that is, more freedom from the problems of life.
It should be noted that all governments originated within an agricultural society as moving hunter/gatherers became sedentary growers. With the latter, rules were needed to optimize production by eliminating the losses and insecurities of various forms of theft. One can see this in the histories of Greece, Rome, Babylon, China, Japan, India, etc. The origin of most, if not all, currencies was based on the production of food: shekel, dinari, and yen.
In many cultures, Rome and Greece, opportunities for elected office were govern by one's productivity in food production: The more one produced, the more eligible one was for higher office. One's right to govern others was based on practicality: If you could not produce enough to feed yourself, why should you be allowed to tell others how to live their lives? With unqualified schooling designed as paper mills, we suffer educators who cannot educate ... leaders who can not lead ... parents who are parenthetical. Morality without practicality is immoral like the roads to hell paved with the good intentions of bad values.
The basis of Western law as well as many legal, economic and moral terms derive from the Latin word for "gathering"--legere/legein--
The best government is the government that governs least. A lean-to is better than no house in a rising storm of wind and rain. Destroying the lean-to with the belief that the storm will go away is the message of the TEA Party--lapdogs of the very economic and political pupeteers that they decry. Only when the powers-to-be initiating true human and state rights will our problems be solved. Individual rights only exist when the individual is given the power to solve his individual problems--and required to exercise that power to right. Likewise with family, community and state rights.
The best government is the least government which is only possible when level rights are defined and required of the level of responsibility. If the individual has the ability to respond then is right to require responsibility by stick if carrot will not do. Likewise with all other levels. To not enable and require the responsibility to do right is to do wrong and suffer wrongs.
The US national debt of at least $15 trillion in 2013 can be described in many ways. It is a testament to how election-addicted habitual politicians have repeatedly bought their incumbency by abusing the power of purse, that is, borrowing money in the name of the public to "entitle" the public to live beyond the public means. Rather than require citizens to self-govern, incumbents have borrowed money to babysit the electorate long after the voters should have been self-solving or self-governing their own problems.
If the US had had term limits
If you like worsening habitual problems then vote for worsening habitual politicians who are supposed to make "policy to solve public problems," e.g., When politicians make good policy then the polity in the polis will be polite without police. Apathy on a sinking ship is suicide.
Also see Legere/Legein
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