Sunday, November 04, 2007

THE CREED OF FREEDOM: final

PROPER ROLE OF GOVERNMENT
I believe that the proper role of government is negative, not positive; defensive, not aggressive. It is to protect, not to provide; for if the state is granted the power to provide for some, it must also be able to take from others, and once that power is granted, there are those who will seek it for their advantage. It always leads to legalized plunder and loss of freedom. If government is powerful enough to give us everything we want, it is also powerful enough to take from us everything we have. Therefore, the proper function of government is to protect the lives, liberty, and property of its citizens; nothing more. That government is best which governs least.

Edward Griffin

1 Comments:

At 7:02 AM, Blogger John M Reynolds said...

But then you get NDPers who would suggest that redistribution of wealth is defending the little poor folk who are being taken advantage of by evil corporations. Once that word defend is in there, it is negative and should be within the realm of government.

 

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