A primary assumption in democracy is that people should be capable of managing their own affairs. So, what is a governments responsibility to those citizens who cannot do so? I think the key word here is should be capable of managing their own affairs. In other words, people who cannot manage their own affairs are in fact at a disadvantage. Citizenship is defined as having certain rights and responsibilities within a country. In fulfilling their responsibilities, they are granted certain rights. If a citizen, who takes on the responsibilities of citizenship, is at a disadvantage physically or mentally, the government should then put into place certain arrangements so that the person can be at an equivalency with the rest of society. The key here is equivalency. That is to say that the person with a disadvantage should not be favored or given any advantages that the rest of society does not receive. Yes, they are at a disadvantage and should be helped, but if they have been given arrangements to help their disadvantage what more is a government liable to do? We all have struggles and problems. A person with a disadvantage is no different and therefore should not be put above the rest of society.
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