Sunday, March 21, 2010

Locke's Justified Revolution & This Conservative Government's Arbitrary Power

"Whenever the [government] endeavour[s] to take away, and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any farther obedience, and are left to the common refuge, which God hath provided for all men, against force and violence." - John Locke
Arbitrary power is something John Locke feared as we all should. It is power unbridled, it is power without restraint from the rule of law, it is power without rival. With this Conservative government refusing to follow our Constitution, which sets fourth that our Parliament is the supreme body in our system of parliamentary democracy, it has made its power free from the foundational principles that sought to restrain it.

In going against the Canadian Constitution this Conservative government has made all Canadians subject to its arbitrary power. This government has demonstrated it is not restrained by our Constitution, it is not restrained by anything.
"Whensoever therefore the legislative shall transgress this fundamental rule of society; and either by ambition, fear, folly or corruption, endeavour to grasp themselves, or put into the hands of any other, an absolute power over the lives, liberties, and estates of the people; by this breach of trust they forfeit the power the people had put into their hands for quite contrary ends, and it devolves to the people, who have a right to resume their original liberty, and, by the establishment of a new legislative, (such as they shall think fit) provide for their own safety and security, which is the end for which they are in society. What I have said here, concerning the legislative in general, holds true also concerning the supreme executor, who having a double trust put in him, both to have a part in the legislative, and the supreme execution of the law, acts against both, when he goes about to set up his own arbitrary will as the law of the society.

2 comments:

Eugene Forsey Liberal said...

Well said.

Annie... said...

It scares me, that very rich in Alberta are giving money to the Conservative party like mad and sending money over here (Ontario), to help out Candidates who are not well of, in order to give Harper his majority. We will be in a catastrophe, if you think it is bad now.