Do you believe government is trying to do too much?
We do. Government at all levels has taken on responsibilities that should be left to individuals, families, churches, and communities. People look to government to be their savior - to provide for their needs, to bail them out of bad decisions, and to impose their own agenda on other people through the force of law.
What can be done?
First, our leaders - and those who want to be - need to be reminded (or taught) that the office they hold or seek does not exist for them; it is a position of trust, which they are to occupy for a time in order to preserve and strengthen the foundation of liberty.
Second, our leaders need to know how to exercise that trust, including how to apply the right principles to their own ideas and to those that are presented to them. They need to know they will be supported if they exercise their obligation responsibly - and held accountable if they do not.
Third, our citizens need to be involved in governing, not only by voting, but by making their elected officials aware of their views on important issues. To exercise that responsibility, citizens need sufficient information to make proper evaluations of their elected officials and of the policies those officials are considering.
Returning Mississippi government to its proper role -
to guard the liberty of its people.
Now is the Time
This year in Mississippi, all 174 legislative seats, eight statewide offices, and numerous regional and local offices will be on the ballot.
Now is the time to shape the way our leaders and potential leaders think about the role of government and the way they apply the principles of liberty to the decisions they make.
Election campaigns also provide the opportunity to help voters understand the important role they, as citizens, must play in helping - or forcing - candidates to focus on the right principles and the right issues. If voters are not involved at this stage, they are even less likely to hold their officials accountable between elections.
With the public's heightened awareness of government intrusion into every aspect of our lives, now is the time to engage the public in restoring government to the limited scope our nation's Founders intended - and that liberty demands.
Leading Toward Liberty
Mississippi Center for Public Policy's Leading Toward Liberty campaign is designed to return our state government to its proper role - to guard the liberty of its people.
As the campaign's title suggests, MCPP will be equipping our leaders to lead with the proper destination in mind: liberty. The title also acknowledges the reality that
Leading Toward Liberty will not provide an all-encompassing plan for the ideal
government; it will provide a path toward that goal.
To accomplish this goal, we will:
We will not endorse candidates (as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, we can't do that), but we will endorse ideas - specific ideas on which candidates can campaign that will apply the principles to our state government.
Perhaps just at importantly, Leading Toward Liberty will drive home the importance of using the principles to evaluate all policy ideas, not just our own.
In our Leading Toward Liberty campaign, we are providing:
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