What is the government’s job?

By William R. Toler

What exactly is the role of the United States government supposed to be?

Well, that depends on whom you ask and on what side of the political spectrum they reside.

It appears that those on the left think the goverment should take care of the people. Those in power seem to want to intervene to keep everyone healthy and safe and educated. How noble.

Those who support these ideals are being led to the belief that the government should take care of everyone. They want the government to take care of them. Soon, if not remedied, it will reach the point where the people will not be able to make their own decisions and will rely on the government to do that, too.

President John F. Kennedy once said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

So why compare one of the most revered Democratic presidents in the past 50 years to the current messiah, Barack Obama, who, along with the rest of the Dems, promises to make everything better by gaining more control of our everyday lives?

Today, while filling in for Rush Limbaugh, guest host Jason Lewis broke down Kennedy’s infamous quote. He agreed with the first part, saying the country shouldn’t do anything. He said the job of the government was to protect freedom.

Lewis added that he disagrees with the second part. “People shouldn’t be slaves to the government.” And with that…I agree.

The more control we give the government, the more control is lost by “the people.”

It has been said, “The people shouldn’t fear the government…the government should fear the people.”

Let’s just see what the Declaration of Independence has to say:

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, that whenever any form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

That’s the way it should be…but unfortunately that’s the way it isn’t.



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  1. Richard C. Evey

    Bill, you opened the can. According to the US Constitution there are only 4, yes FOUR, things the US government has to do.
    1. Defend the country from invasion
    2. Coin, not print, money
    3. Run a justice system
    4. Run a post office.
    Where have they gone wrong

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