Lincoln On Purpose Of Government
The Post-60s progressive liberals go further, however, and see the purpose of government above all to be that of protecting the rights of the less advantaged – women, the poor, racial minorities, sexual minorities, the disabled – the least among us. Society has oppressed and wronged these less advantaged and it is the task of government to right the wrongs and create a new socially just society. The purpose of government becomes that of promoting policies that spread the wealth around.
This site is maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. The purpose of this site is to provide information from and about the Judicial Branch of the U.S. High school journalists share what the promises of the preamble to the Constitution mean to them. This video can be used as an inspirational element in a courtroom, classroom, or community program. It also can serve as an effective discussion starter to stimulate conversation about the Constitution.
Also, they were afraid that enumerating some rights inherently would be taken to deny the existence of other rights that were not mentioned. They wanted liberty to be broadly protected and not confined to specific aspects of freedom mentioned in the text of the Constitution. The preamble sets the stage for theConstitution(Archives.gov). It clearly communicates the intentions of the framers and the purpose of the document. The preamble is an introduction to the highest law of the land; it is not the law.
Their pastor, John Robinson, charged them to elect civil leaders who would not only seek the “common good” but also, in a radical departure from practice in the rest of the world, eliminate special privileges and status between governors and the governed. The Pilgrims followed by organizing a representative government and holding annual elections. What if those wishing to use violence against others to gain their own advantage are able to seize the reins of government and direct its power to promoting their selfish ends? Instead of pursuing its true purpose in society, the government may actually be used as an instrument of destruction. The result of such action produces chaos and discord in society.
For Hume, the primary purpose of government is to provide public goods, since these are things that require groups of people to create, for the benefit of everyone involved. He argued that the purpose of government is to protect the property rights of individuals. The purpose of just government is to protect the rights of citizens against fellow citizens. Protection against fellow citizens means deterring crime by making and enforcing criminal law and making it clear to people who commit crimes that they are going to pay a penalty.