Throughout history, the human race has been forced into systems of government control based on the same coercive ideology. At the core of this ideology is contempt for the belief that all people possess the moral right to equality, liberty and self-governance. This ideology is known as collectivism and it undermines the very identity bestowed to mankind by his Creator.
Collectivism attempts to attribute a person’s significance to their contribution or role as the member of a group, rather than as a separate individual. Collectivism proposes that the “group” is the source of a person’s rights and therefore has the power to administer them. Within collectivism, an individual’s rights are subordinate to the desires of that “group” which therefore has ultimate power to control its individual members.
Communism, Fascism, Feudalism, Imperialism, Socialism… Are all collectivist forms of government. Despite common misconceptions, the differences between these forms of government are superficial, amounting primarily to variations of rhetoric and style. Although great battles have been waged between the collectivist governments of different nations, these conflicts have been struggles over dominance rather than philosophy. Ideologically, they remain similar, upholding the same argument that the rights of individuals are not intrinsic, but are dictated by the state. By this thought, collectivism proposes a ruling class is needed to control the “masses” because people aren’t inherently good enough or smart enough to govern themselves based on the rule of law. Therefore, at the heart of collectivist government rule is the assertion that an all-powerful central authority is necessary to forcefully regulate all human behavior.
This philosophy of unilateral government control stands in direct contradiction to the teachings of Christianity. The Scripture teaches us that mankind was made in the image of his Creator, an individual being, separate, complete and whole. God created mankind with an intrinsic right to freedom of will and equality. According to Scripture, God doesn’t impose His will upon mankind but respects our freedom of choice. Thus, the collectivist ideology, which grants government unilateral and coercive power to control society, is contemptuous toward mankind’s identity as a free and independent being.
The founding fathers understood these principles of Christianity. They described it as “natural law” and wove it through the fabric of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. In declaring independence from British rule, they rejected this subversive collectivist dogma and created the great American experiment. For the first time in modern history, an entire nation was constituted on the principle of natural law and the idea that individual liberty could not be undermined by the coercive powers of the state.
The U.S. Constitution was written with the intent to define the role of government based on natural law not collectivism. That role is to serve the interests of the American people by protecting their freedom, property, and life against violence. America’s greatness does not lie in the power and reach of its government, but in the freedoms and rights of the people. The true gift of our forefathers was the forging of a nation built on the revolutionary idea that empowering America’s sons and daughters with liberty and self-reliance was the true path to a just, peaceful, prosperous and enduring society.
Presidential nominee Ron Paul understands the constitution, Christianity, and the dangers of collectivism. He firmly believes in the principles of individual liberty and has always fought to protect them. Dr. Ron Paul will right our ship away from the pervasive collectivism in Washington and direct us back to our God given freedom and inalienable rights. Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate that will take us back to our limited constitutional republic.
Special thanks for Thomas Tinsley for authoring this article.