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Government By And For The People?
Government By And For The People
Government By And For The People
What's does that really mean? How does that play out in real life?
If our government is really By And For The People. Why are some people so against the government helping people? Isn't this a representative form of government? Don't we elect candidates from each state, to represent the people of each state, to run the government on our behalf? So isn't the government really us, the people?
Some people say the government shouldn't help, those who are less fortunate than they are, or give them a "hand up", because that's socialism. But if the government is by and for the people, what's the problem with the government, helping us, the people, when we need it?
The United States Family
I see the United States as a family and all Americans are members of that family. Shouldn't we "look out" for our family? If your family needs, help don't you try to help them if they're in need of help? What's wrong with having that same attitude, toward all members of the American family? But, just like in some families, some people don't care about all of members of the family.They only care about themselves and those they favor or identify with.
Some People Don't Care About The Family Of Americans
Some Americans don't care, or give a damn about other members of the American family.They're only concerned about, their little slice of the American pie, and not the whole pie. Which is really short sighted, and self-defeating, because if you don't take care of the whole pie, you might end up not having a peice of the pie, yourself, to call your own
Complaining About The Government
A member of my family, was complaining that the "government" had passed or was trying to pass a law, requiring all kid to attend preschool.They didn't think that the "government" should be able to require parents, to send their children to preschool or school, at all for that matter. And that the "government" shouldn't be able tell us, what we can and can't do with our children.
I can understand that sentiment, from a self-centered, I only care about me and mine perspective. But is that the way a family is supposed to operate? Isn't the family supposed to look out for the good of all members of the family? Many parents are sending their children to preschool. Now when kids start kindergarten, they're learning and doing things that previously weren't being learned or done, until they were in first grade. Children who don't attend preschool, are more likely to fall behind those who do, or will have a harder time when they enter kindergarten, than if they did attend preschool.
My family member's attitude was, "let parents look out for their kids or home school them". Can you Imagine kids education, being dependent on what their parents know?
Kids of the less educated, or drug addicted, alcoholic or just don't give a damn parents, would be at a severe disadvantage, compared to the kids, that didn't have that disadvantage, wouldn't you agree? Would that be looking out for the good of those children, or the good of the American family, or the good of future of this country? I don't think so
Mandatory Public Education
That's the way it was before there was, a national education system. And there were many illiterate American citizens. Concerned citizens saw this as a major problem for this country because, competitor countries, were making sure that their people were being educated and, America had fallen behind in that area.
In 1852, Massachusetts became the first state to pass compulsory education laws, followed by New York a year later .By 1918 all kids in the United States, were required to attain at least, an elementary school education
Some Countries Help Their Citizens Get Higher Levels of Education
Countries like Germany, make it easy for their citizens to get a college education because, they know that investment in education, can only help Germany and its people in the long run. And Germany and other countries, are starting to pass the United States in education, technology and other areas, because our system makes it, hard (very expensive) for our people to get a college degree. Is that really looking out for the future of America or taking care of the American family?
I don't think so
What do we call people who think that "freedom" and Individual rights" means, they can do whatever the hell, they want to do, and let every man, woman and child look out for themselves? Do we want to live by "might is right" and let the strongest, smartest, most vicious, most wealthy, run over the rest of us who may be weaker or less fortunate then they are?
That might appeal to those who are aggressive, competitive, bullies, or have the need to dominate others. But is that really the way you want to live?
I didn't think so
There is no such thing as unlimited individual rights. All individual rights are limited or no individual would have individual rights. Your rights end, where my rights, begin.
If there were no restrictions on any one's rights, it things would be, just like during the "Old West" out in the frontier, were every "man" was a law into themselves. And we saw how well that worked out didn't we?.
If we were all kindhearted, benevolent people, who respected and appreciated the rights of others. We probably wouldn't need restrictions anyone's rights or behavior, because, we would all just do what's right on our own, but is that the case?
True Government By The People
If our form of government, were truly government by and for the people.Then why are some people so against the government, helping us the people, when we're in need? Wouldn't we really just be, helping ourselves? I thought you'd agree