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Offline Eric Bosworth

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Purpose of Government
« on: January 27, 2015, 03:49:36 pm »
What is the purpose of government? I think that the preamble is pretty good at defining the purpose of government but I think I have a better way of saying it.

"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

That is all fine and good but I think it could be easier said simply as:

The purpose of of government is to protect the individual citizens civil liberties.

What are your thoughts?
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Re: Purpose of Government
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2015, 03:53:23 pm »
sure, but they were given to flowery statements sometimes.   :wink:

besides, by listing those few things, there should have been no doubt that the purpose of government was limited.  as we have seen, a term like civil liberties...or as an example "civil rights" can come to mean whatever future generations decide it means. 

They are so divorced from their own interests that even when their own security and that of their children is finally compromised, they do not seek to avert the danger themselves but cross their arms and wait for the nation as a whole to come to their aid. Yet as utterly as they sacrifice their own free will, they are no fonder of obedience than anyone else. They submit, it is true, to the whims of a clerk, but no sooner is force removed than they are glad to defy the law as a defeated enemy. Thus one finds them ever wavering between servitude and license.
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Re: Purpose of Government
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2015, 08:42:37 pm »
I suppose...  Especially considering what the general welfare has become...
All political power comes from the barrel of a gun. The communist party must command all the guns; that way, no guns can ever be used to command the party. ---Mao Tse Tung

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote. ---Benjamin Franklin