Self government begins at home in the most fundamental of commitments, marriage and family life. It comes from having a set of spiritual principles that dictate ones behavior when no one else is watching. If one can't be true to these they should not be public officials. They have no ability to lead to anything worthwhile.
The pursuit of life as mentioned the Declaration of Independence begins with the family. Only after that do the pursuit of liberty and happiness follow. Life must come first.
The loss of moral integrity is in my opinion one of the greatest losses an individual or a society can face. There is no integrity at all without it, moral or otherwise. After all what is integrity? It is being true to who we should be and an unwavering standard of truth and the principles that uphold it. It comes from only one spiritual source.
To act outside of these principles is to put freedom at risk. Only truth can make us free. Free from consequences of error, fallacy and outright falsehoods.
These are all based on the fallacy that if the government doesn't do it, it won't get done. It is in this situation that the people making the laws are also usually corrupt in their personal philosophy and think that the solution to this problem is more laws.