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Government Has a Responsibility to Protect Its Citizens From Themselves

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brendathompsen1977's picture


really people? not even from those people who are retarded or addicted or mentally weak?

timedesign's picture


Yup. Couldn't agree more. Protect the retards.

MrShaw's picture


Enforced contraception, neutering and lobotomies would protect society from further generations of toe rags, but I can't see this happening. Oh for George's "Party".

bulbul's picture

Hmmm. It seems to me that one

Hmmm. It seems to me that one of the fundamental reasons for having government is precisely that--to create laws that, when appropriately enforced, protect us from each other. Am I wrong?
From drunk-driving laws to laws concerning disturbing the peace, from private property to laws concerning assault and battery... I suppose you could argue that such laws are for creating a more orderly and civilized society, but are they not also to protect each us from actions of others?
Or should that not be the government's job?
In Indonesia, a land where laws exist yet there is little or often no enforcement of those laws, I would say that people have very comparatively little protection from others, which is likely why groups like the FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) can do what they do with near impunity. If it's not up to the government to ensure that groups of people are not allowed to vandalize building and attack others at will, then I suppose you advocate vigilantism, where everyone takes care of themselves, and the government has no power to protect its own citizens. I'm not so sure that would work well.

dathor's picture


government is responsible for protecting people from the actions of others, not ourselves.

"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." - declaration of independence.

with that said, government has no right, nay they are giving us the right to rebel when they start interfering with our pursuit of happiness so long as we are not preventing the happiness of someone else in our pursuit.  immediately following the previous quote:

"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." - declaration of independence.

our country was founded on the right to do our own thing, for better or worse, without government intervention in our personal affairs.