With all the finger pointing between democrats and republicans over the “SHUTDOWN” of the national government, we have constantly heard that our government is “broken,” and, of course, each party blames the other for causing the damage.

This got me to wondering: Is the system really “broken” as we are being told? Or is our present Godless system of government simply working the way a Godless system works?

Put another way, if Senators and Representatives are simply supposed to represent the will of their constituents, and the wills of their constituents are divided, then shouldn’t the government, by definition, be divided? Shouldn’t there always be “gridlock”? Shouldn’t there always be a “stalemate”?

All of which leads us back to the question that will NOT go away: What is the function of civil government?

The answer is simpler than you might think.

Since civil government is ordained by God in order to protect God-given rights, then the function of civil government is to obey God and to enforce God’s law – PERIOD.

It is not the role of civil government to house, feed, clothe, educate or give heath care to…ANYBODY! (Or to operate a Panda-cam at the National Zoo.)

So aren’t we just reaping the whirlwind we deserve when we ignore the limits that God has placed on civil government?

When God’s law is ignored, chaos ensues.

And, if you understand The American View of law and government, doesn’t this whole mess demonstrate with a vengeance the political and spiritual bankruptcy of the Republican Party?

During the entire debate over Obamacare, have you heard any Republican make the legal argument that to tax anyone for the healthcare of another exceeds not only the God-ordained jurisdiction of civil government, but the clear language of Article One and Section Eight of the U.S. Constitution? I haven’t.

Michael Anthony Peroutka
Michael Anthony Peroutka
A Christian and an attorney, Michael Anthony Peroutka is co-founder of Institute on the Constitution (IOTC), headquartered in Pasadena, Maryland. He is a graduate of Loyola College (now University) in Maryland and the University of Baltimore School of Law. The Constitution Party’s candidate for President in 2004, Michael had a platform which sought to honor God, protect the family, and restore the Republic. The platform came to be known as “The American View of Law and Government,” and inspired the name of his website, TheAmericanView.com. Michael travels around the country, graduating classes from IOTC’s course on the United States Constitution, in addition to teaching classes in IOTC’s Pasadena, Maryland classroom.