|Source: Liberty Pen- Professor Milton Friedman-|
What is the proper role of government, a question that has been debated before the United States was formed and has been debatet around the world even longer. As I see it the role of government, is to protect innocent people's right to live their own lives as long as they are not hurting anyone else with their freedom. Once they hurt an innocent person they are no longer free to live their own life as they see fit, because they just hurt someone else's freedom and will lose their freedom for some time as a consequence. Freedom is literally not free, people are held everyday for their own actions and these actions have consequences as a result of their freedom, good and bad. So innocent people have the right to live their own lives as they see fit as long as they are not hurting anyone else with their freedom. Doing something to them that hurts them in a way that they shouldn't be hurt. The role of government is to protect and promote innocent people's freedom and that everything else that government does in America is centered around that.
Whether it's public safety- To prevent people from hurting each other as well as prevent that.
Or national security- To prevent others from hurting the country.
Or government regulation- To prevent and punish abuses in the economy, when people hurt innocent people in a way that they shouldn't of.
The safety net- To catch people when they fall (so to speak) and help them back up so they can have their freedom as well. Because without the ability to support yourself and be self-sufficient, you're not really a free person, or as free as someone who can take care of themselves.
The whole role of the Federal Government is to protect innocent people's individual liberty. The ability for innocent adults to be able to live their own lives as they see fit, as long as they are not hurting anyone else with their freedom. The role of government is not to look after the general welfare of its people in the sense that try to regulate how people live their own lives. But regulate how people interact with each other.
The role of government is centered around one thing, with everything else being a part of that. To protect the individual liberty of innocent adults. The role of government is not to take care of people who are mentally and physically capable of taking care of themselves. But it can help people who can't take care of themselves to get the skills that they need to take care of themselves. And the role of government is not to reduce the level of freedom that people have to live their own lives. By passing laws that make things that are currently legal, illegal and trying to tell people how to live their own lives. But instead educate the people so they have the intelligence to make their own decisions and are responsible enough to do that. And then hold them accountable for the decisions that they make themselves. Government is good at research and letting people know what consequences can come from certain decision-making. But they shouldn't tell people it is illegal to do this, simple because it may have dangerous consequences.