Re: [tips_and_tricks] Acceptable level of interference of government in your life?
- If I may....
A lot of what we have today was not around 231 years ago. Today we have luxuries like paved highways, hospitals, fire departments, and as much as I despise them- police.
I am not a fan of overspending, I despise any abuse of the civil rights of ANYONE in the United States (citizens and visitors alike), but we have luxuries that weren't there before. That is the role of the government. To do for the citizen what the citizen cannot do for themselves. Provide services and luxuries for the citizens, that would not be there without the government. The defend the citizens in time of war or help them in times of disasters. NOT to be our baby sitter.
If you are part of the community, expect to meet certain responsibilities. The next time someone's house burns down, the firefighters may be volunteers but they are not paying for the tools and supplies to fight your house fire out of their pocket. It comes from the community pocket.
But in no way do I endorse the abuse of our rights. There is a fine line between a responsive & respectable government and the government we have now. And they can't see that.
Or perhaps they just don't want to see it.
I can respect a certain amount if intrusion in exchange for the luxuries. But by no means does that mean they have the right to my life.
On 2/21/2011 3:05 PM, E Junker wrote:> 11. What is the purpose of government? Who gets to decide this?
2nd question - the people. 1st question, to provide things & services the people (collectively) want but are unable to provide for themselves (individually) - i.e., build highways, provide fire departments, etc. & to protect their rights. Perhaps best defined in the Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."
Whoa, pardner! We have unalienable rights to firehouses, roads and such?I submit the government is instituted among men to secure the people's rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of (money) happiness. The Federal government isn't instituted to provide me with anything other than protection from those that would deny me my listed rights. There's no income or housing or medical care listed as rights. Nor can they be.