No day, week, or month passes that isn’t officially commemorated for some reason. Take April, the month we’re in for a few more days: What have you done the last 27 days to honor National Poetry Month, Stress Awareness Month, or even Fresh Florida Tomato Month? That’s what I thought …
In the meantime, there are important causes that definitely deserve greater awareness, like this one: Limited Government Week. If you can get down to Colorado Springs anytime in the next few days, you may find one or more valuable events to attend. The highlight is a Tuesday dinner with keynote speaker Amity Shlaes, author of The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (an excellent book). For more details on the week’s activities, go here.
Why limited government? As James Madison succinctly wrote in Federalist #51:
But what is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary.
An honest assessment and understanding of human nature makes the case. As much as the more devout elements of the hopey-changey crowd might believe otherwise, Barack Obama is not an angel. Since we are not governed by angels, we need limited government.
If you can’t make any of the Colorado Springs events, I at least hope your awareness of Limited Government has been raised — as well as your desire to stand up for this important principle.