Can We Agree that We Need Good Government?

One of our founding fathers, the fourth U.S. President, James Madison, wrote: “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. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.” (The Federalist No 51, 1788).

So, if you, like us, agree with Madison  that men aren’t angels and angels don’t govern men, then you will agree that we need government. And, yes, you, like us, will agree that we also need tight controls over government. But since first and foremost, it would seem that we do, in fact, need government, we shouldn’t be trying to belittle it, or halve it, or eliminate it.

Can’t we all agree that we should be working together to make the U.S. federal government the most efficient and effective government possible?

This is the key reason we believe it is critical for federal agencies to take it upon themselves to explain to the general public what they do and why they do it. It would also be quite worthwhile to keep the public informed on their major accomplishments.

Notwithstanding the necessity of government, we do believe that we should be working together to determine how much government we need. The amount of government we need doesn’t correspond to a set number, but it fluctuates based on the needs of the times. Our Constitution’s preamble states that the federal government is to “provide for the common defense.” Given factors such as the rise/proliferation of radical Islam and the desire of some non-democracies throughout the world to steal from others rather than build wealth through hard work, sometimes we need to fight and will need a strong military and protective services.

The preamble also states that the federal government should “promote the general welfare.” For much of our nation’s history, strong families, businesses, churches, schools, and other civic organizations were the primary promoters of the general welfare. If some of those organizations begin to weaken, as they seem to have in recent years, government must, unfortunately, step in to a greater degree. Admittedly, government is only a stopgap measure. At the same time, we also believe that government is necessary and should be about the business of strengthening the various groups that are best positioned to promote the general welfare.

Supporting civil service activities that promote  the public welfare is an essential, as well as a worthy and noble, effort. We are asking all of us to do our parts to promote government, specifically, good government that strengthens groups that promote the general welfare within our various spheres of influence. In so doing, we hope that, by our collective efforts, we will help restore honor to the U.S. Civil Service.

Excerpt  from We Are Not the Enemy:  Restoring Honor to U.S. Civil Service 2014 Review and Update –


About djaubey

I am a proud thirty-year federal employee and civil servant. Now retired. As a creative writer (both traditional and innovative), I provide a fresh perspective with a sound foundation in all my work. I am a researcher, writer and speaker with a love of the written word and in search of the truth.
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