An anti-government screed posted on our comment boards brought this response from another reader: “Great letter! Posted by someone who understands American values, traditions AND the CONSTITUTION!”
Funny thing though, as carefully as I peruse my copy of the U.S. Constitution, I can’t find that part about being so anti-government. I always thought the Constitution was written to replace the failed Articles of Confederation with a stronger, better government, not get rid of government.
“The legitimate object of government,” Lincoln said, “is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but cannot do at all, or cannot so well do for themselves, in their separate and individual capacities.”
What those needs might be is certainly debatable, but I see nothing in the Constitution that says the government cannot do for us what we as individuals are incapable of doing as well.
Could someone please cite for me the sections that say government is bad? Or that favor one form of economy over another? I anxiously await enlightenment on this point.
About The AuthorMarc Charisse is the editor of The Evening Sun. Dr. Charisse has a Ph.D. in First Amendment law and history, and has taught communication law and constitutional law at the University of Washington in Seattle and Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla. Charisse can be reached at email@example.com.
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