Friday, 10 February 2012
What's the point of Government?
Watch the video from The West Wing - http://youtu.be/XyygC0VN9vU. The key dialogue is -
BARTLET: [sits] What's on your mind?
TOBY: [reading from the draft 'State of the Union Speeech'] "The era of big government is over".
BARTLET: You want to cut the line?
TOBY: I want to change the sentiment. We're running away from ourselves, and I know we can score
points that way. I was the principle architect in that campaign strategy, right along with you, Josh. But we're here now. Tomorrow night, we do an immense thing. We have to say what we feel. That government, no matter what its failures are in the past, and in times to come, for that matter, the government can be a place where people come together and where no one gets left behind. No one... gets left behind, an instrument of... good. [pause] I have no trouble understanding why the line tested well, Josh, but I don't think that means we should say it. I think that means we should... change it.
As the preamble to the US Constitution says -
"We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." - some compelling reasons for establishing a Government.