The Purpose and Function of Government

What is the purpose and function of Government?

The first obvious function is to help create an environment in which people can create and live a good life.

Government’s responsibility is to provide a framework and ecosystem that supports its citizens living a good life.

This necessitates a few things.

First, we must understand Human Nature to first understand what is a good life for a human.

So, what are humans? We are a being comprised of Body, Mind, Soul, and Spirit.

{I have written extensively on my theory of the Quadripartite nature of humanity before, but as a quick refresher:
1. Body – The physical and biochemical processes of matter and energy dictated by physics and biology.
2. Mind – The rational conscious thinking part of ourselves.
3. Soul – the creative and emotional part of ourselves. (Not a religious/eternal soul). Part of the subconscious.
4. Spirit – Will, desires, inner power, character, instinct. Part of the subconscious.}

(I am Not going to argue for that breakdown here, as I have done it many times before. It is here merely as a reference to my building blocks and foundation of thought.)

We are beings in relationship to the Universe: We relate to the physical world around us, to nature. We relate to the people around us: to society and our community. We relate to ourselves. We relate to our concept of the divine, be that God, the Muses, Enlightenment, etc. Our individual Relationships constitute the essential truth of ourselves. How we behave and desire to behave toward all of those elements is at the core essence of who we are.

We are Free Will beings of matter and energy living in a physical world that we impact through our choices. We be, while we become. We have physical biochemical needs that keep us alive. We have emotional/creative/psychological/intellectual needs that give us quality of life. We feel a need to have some overarching purpose. We experience time linearly and thus create narratives of our lives. We constantly develop this narrative and accept or reject pieces and parts based on how they fit. Some pieces we have forced into our narratives, and we then must adjust our story to accommodate it. We are social beings. We thrive in a society, and while we can survive completely on our own, we are much more efficient and are better able to meet our needs in a community of our choosing.

We are beings that start with some limited processing power that grow and develop through time in response to stimuli. Our early years are quite formative. Our environment (socio-economic, actual climate, rural/city, country, intellectual, worldview, memes, etc) and relationships all impact the stories we tell ourselves.
Events happen to us, and we process them, creating narratives around them, which are informed by our past experiences, and how others teach us to react to them.

We are creatures that seek pleasure, and tend to avoid pain. We seek fulfillment. We tend to be creatures of habit. We Create and build. We also destroy and ruin. We desire. We crave and need love, and to feel and be empowered in our lives. We seek happiness. We seek to live a good life, by whatever standard we have constructed/been taught. We seek to do good actions, and be good people. We usually seek to live lives of character and integrity, for a variety of reasons. Humans have traditionally been religious beings seeking answers to large questions of meaning, purpose, and living well, outside the physical universe in the realm of the metaphysical and Theological. Due to biology, the normal basic family unit consists of a father and a mother and a child. This, of course expands, and permutates in infinite complexity. Humans tend to bond and feel most strongly about those closest to them in appearance and DNA. Next, they bond through shared experience and taste. Thirdly, they bond through affiliation with tribes, clubs, teams, etc without real prior personal contact.

Humans need Food, Shelter, Protective clothing (personal and portable shelter), oxygen, water, excretion, and general homeostasis in order to merely survive. Sex is important to create and build family units, and propagate the species. These things in proper balance provide health. Proper shelter usually turns into property. The tools by which you gain these basic needs are the most important possessions toward self determination. Shelter grants physical safety for both you and your family. Security of employment means that you can have the means to secure the aforementioned needs. Being able to protect your self and your family means that you have the ability to continue to survive. When your physiological and emotional needs and security are covered, we can have a stable family life, and develop friendships and intimacy with our family and community. This in turn creates confidence and respect for ourselves and others. It allows us the ability to succeed and achieve, if we are so inclined. At this point, our lives are functioning so well, we can create and appreciate creation. We can enjoy leisure, and be spontaneous. We can see possibilities, not just actualities. We can philosophize. In short we can attain our highest personal potential. In rare cases, some people short circuit these, and go out of order, but throughout history, the vast majority of people function this way.

Speaking of Sexuality, humans generally are either male or female, and generally sexually desire the opposite. Now, there obviously are genetic aberrations and socialized differences. Humans, though we tend to be, are not only sexually binary. There are scores of other variations upon the theme. However, the binary propagation model tends to be the normal standard. There is no right or wrong here. It merely is.

We are much more than this. We explore, we discover, we go new places and seek new things. We are curious about the unknown. We also fear it. We are brave. We are courageous. We are timid. We are loyal to our groups, and fiercely protective of them. We can yet transcend our identities and our groups, though. We can see generals, and infer specifics, and vice versa. We can learn and grow. We seek to change and grow in as much as we seek stability and comfort, and to remain the same.

We are spontaneous, impulsive, and creatures of habit and routine. We are logical, based on known quantities and we are erratic and insane. We see the world as we have been taught to see it, and we can see it as we want it to be. We have vast imaginations that create new possibilities and impossibilities.

We want everything, and nothing.

We destroy. we seek conquest, power, and glory.

We seek immortality, and devise a myriad of ways to achieve it. We fear death, and the idea that there is nothing beyond what we see and feel. We are faced with our own mortality, and insignificance.

We seek to glorify ourselves. We seek to propagate our name through works or through children. We seek to provide for our future immortality lineage.

We take what doesn’t belong to us for them. We think that we deserve rewards for goodness. We do evil things. We think that the world works in certain ways, and we delight and fear the surprises that expectation brings.

Humans are complicated. We think. We feel. We act. Or not. We destroy ourselves and enjoy the destruction. We build ourselves, and love the work. Or we hate all of those things.

What are humans? What are we? We are all of these things and much more.

So, what is the purpose of Government?

Proper and healthy Government is supposed to create an environment in which we can become fully human and reach our fullest human potential, by regulating each other to prevent the unjust exploitation of each other through a system of checks and balances, and watched watchers that answers to the people, is created by the people and is comprised of the people in order to best care for each other and protect each other from each other, in a global community. It is ideal to create a government that allows maximum personal freedom to self-determine our own individual purpose and fulfillment and allow us each the freedom of self-discovery and maximum personal development and growth. This personal realization of potential is great for everyone, for it helps foster an environment of success. Our greatest potential can only be realized in a community. Our greatest potential helps the maximum amount of people in the world. Everyone has a different potential.

Thus the true purpose of Government is to help us each discover our highest potential, and to create an environment in which everyone can potentially discover their highest potential. Our highest potential might be called living “the good life.”

Our highest potential is that which helps the most people in the greatest manner, while providing a sense of fulfillment, and purpose. How can we best positively impact all of our relationships (Divine, IntraPersonal, Societal, environmental, and cosmological)?

How can we most fully create the best possible version of ourselves?

It starts by being people of our word. All character flows from commitment to honesty, and doing what we say we will do, every time. Being trustworthy is the foundation to all other character traits. Foundational in that honesty is a respect of the human dignity and the view of absolute human equality. We respect our equals. We value those equal to us, and thus honor them with our honesty. If all men and women are equal, then we must unequivocally be honest and deal with them as equals. We treat others as we want to be treated because they are equal to us. We help our equals and are kind in the way we want to be helped and have kindnesses done to us. Loyalty, friendliness, conscientiousness, patience, gentleness, discipline, courteousness, cheerfulness, bravery, cleanliness, etc all stems from treating others as equals: the way that we want to be treated. These are the basis of integrity and character. All proper morality and ethics must stem from this basis of human nature and equality. It is more than just a trite truism, it is a foundational truth that underpins all Law, Ethics, Morality, Social Contracts, and social dealings.

So, with these foundational truths as a basis, What is the purpose of Government? How does it look?

Government originated through tribal nomads. The family unit was the original basis of government. Families and small groups were able to diversify their talents and secure the basic necessities. Because strength secured the ability to breathe, get food, build shelter, choose better choices, and maximize freedom, strength was originally most prized. Strength allowed the ability to have freedom. Strength also gave the ability to take freedom away from others, and to take their resources. Wisdom quickly developed as an alternative, and soon whomever held both wisdom and strength ruled the tribe of families, and later cites, then city-states, then kingdoms, and empires. Wisdom alone is not enough to rule. Strength must necessarily be a part of it. Wisdom also governed Strength’s targets, timing, tactics, and reasons for attacking. It also countered other Strength’s attacks. Thus Government was born to lead people to safety and security, as well as to protect against outside uses of strength. It is very difficult for one man to grow food, build shelter, and care for all of his needs with any long term stability. More people meant that more tasks could be outsourced to others who were better and more productive at certain tasks. At first, all was held in common, and the Patriarch ensured that all received what they needed or at least received a fair share. As groups grew larger, it became increasingly difficult for one person to arbitrate and to ensure universal dispersion of resources to the needy. Trading the fruits of the labors became currency. Hard work creating desired resources necessary to the survival of the tribe became important. And with the burgeoning trades came people who helped the suppliers get their goods to the demanders. And relative value currency was created to help arbitrarily evaluate the relative value of one good to another, or one service to a good. Government helped ensure that this ran smoothly, and took a tax as payment for creating a safe environment in which to trade, without fear of robbery, cheating, or other hazards to livelihood. It also became necessary to create arbitration and means of recourse for wrong doing. Thus courts were born, and legal standards that were held as equal for all men. No men were above the law, not even kings or government. It created a standard of punishments as deterrents and a system of justice. Also, in primitive societies, Kings had counselors who gave recommendations to the ruler on how they thought society was best run, or on matters of immediate policy or danger. In early societies, this was a counsel of elders elected by the people to speak for them, and represent their interests around the counsel fire as matters of grave import were discussed and decided on. The king could either reject or accept their counsel, but often found that his rule was easier if he listened to the popular votes of his counselors. He found that they became his careful allies and helped convince people of long term strategy and of what was truly in the tribe’s best interest.

Thus, the basis of a democratic republic has its foundations in the earliest forms of human government. Our three branch system has existed in one form or another, with varying degrees of balance since the earliest tribal nomadic days of human history.

The King casts a vision for his people, and makes decisions with much input from the popular representatives and counselors, while a court system arbitrates disputes, and ensures that the King and Counselor’s decisions are based on precedent, and law, and are in the best interests of the country.

In the earliest tribes, people all lived as one. They all either starved, or feasted. When there was plenty, everyone succeeded. When there was famine, everyone starved. Everyone lived and died as a unit. They cared for each other, and made sure that everyone was cared for. If someone didn’t have enough, or have what they needed, their contribution was significantly diminished, so it was in everyone’s best interests to make sure that everyone was properly taken care of. As the support net has grown, the individual impact of successes and failures has diminished. It is spread out over a much larger area. It has become easy to ignore the devastation of others’ lives. It has become easy to ignore those who are starving, who are naked, who have no water, or who have no shelter or home. They have no means of contributing to society, for they are often ostracized.

What a job really is is a means to contribute to the success of the whole. Can you hunt? Can you cook? Can you farm? Can you create art? Do you build fire? Do you craft tools? DO you watch children? etc. How do you contribute? If a stranger wanders in out of the cold, and is naked, without food, and is sick, get him warm. Feed him, heal him, then figure out how he can contribute to the whole.

All that democratic socialism proposes is to help the people who cannot feed themselves, who are sick, and can’t heal themselves, and who have no homes, and cannot build one do these things. Once you care for the body, you can care for the spirit and mind and will. When these things are cared for, we can help them become a productive and contributing member to society. This is the central and core tenant. Help people survive long enough and raise themselves up to no longer worry about the basic essentials of life. Then habilitate them toward meaningful productivity and contribution.

The purpose of Government is to help people live the good life. Other people create the environment in which you live. If you help others, or empower others to help others, all of those others will help you create a better environment in which you can grow and live a good life. When the tide rises, so do all of the little boats.

Streamlining Immigration is about helping people become good citizens that can contribute to the overall well being – combining the other tribes resources into our own. Universal Healthcare is about the developing a populace that doesn’t need to fear disease and be destroyed by it. Welfare, the same purpose. Foreign Policy should be about how best to help the whole world live the good life, for that helps us life a good life.

Government is merely the extension of ourselves to help us live a good life, and to help others live a good life, and that requires that we contribute to the betterment of the government and society. It means that the way to best maximize our personal freedom and benefit is to force each other to pull our own weight and the weight of the cart. The role of government is to help get everyone off of the cart, and get everyone running toward a better tomorrow, without leaving anyone behind.

Let us help each other reach our maximum potential. We really don’t have a choice, if we want to truly be free.

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Regarding Poverty: On the Balance of Libertarianism and Government

“By the standard of all scriptures, neglect of the poor, of widows and orphans, of the sick, the homeless, the insane, is an abominable perversion.”
-Wendell Berry
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  • Richard Bloodworth yes but where in the scriptures does it say that that is a government and not an individuals responsibility
  • Richard Bloodworth No one argues that we should not take care of those individuals we argue that it is an individual responsibility not a government one. Also using this argument negates any mention of Separation of Church and State. You cannot on the one hand say that religion has no place in government and then make an argument from a religious perspective for a government welfare.
  • Col James RW Hiatt All that government is is the collective action and will of all individuals working together.Specific Religion has no place in government. Unless you want the Scientologists to institute Scientology law, if they ever take over.The term “Scriptures” here could actually refer to almost any holy book in the world, from the Torah, to the Bible, to the Quran, to the Vedas, to the writings of Confucius. The perspective embraced is a universal one.Personal Religion has a role in individual lives. The nature of the doctrine of “Separation of Church and State” is designed to keep any singular faith from foisting their individual doctrines upon a people, the way the Anglicans and Catholics and Orthodox have done in the past in Europe. State sponsored religion is intellectual and spiritual tyranny.

    The right wing does not have the corner on faith. Nor should they. There are many left-leaning people with a strong faith. However, they do not legislate their religious faith. They use reason, and ethics as the basis of legislation, and when Scripture reinforces that, a wonderful synchronicity follows.

    The teachings of Jesus are specifically and wondrously socialist. He urges societal principles which cause Ayn Rand to slit her wrists and vomit in rage. Government is the mean collective will and actions of individuals.

    Thus it is right and proper to encourage spiritual arguments when they line up. Also, it is useful to use Scriptures to persuade when speaking to people who believe them. It becomes a matter of urging internal and intellectual consistency, and discourages hypocrisy and Pharisaical behavior.

  • Dulce Chalé · Friends with Robby Strong and 1 other

    If you read the Old Testament, most of the directives to help the poor, the widow and the foreigners were to the nations, and the nations were the ones who were judged, not just individuals.
  • Richard Bloodworth but government is not the collective will of all individuals since there is dissent so obviously your definition is false.
  • Col James RW Hiatt That is the definition of a democratic representational constitutional republic, aka our government.
  • Richard Bloodworth dulce but we do not live in a nation that lives under old testament law and if you read the new testament Christ brought it to the individual level and the individual who shall be judged. Obviously James and I disagree on this because he is wrong. It is was and always will be the responsibility of the individual to take care of the less fortunate. This is a necessity of a FREE Society. Government infringes upon personal liberty and so should be controlled not trusted. The private sector is far more efficient at handling things. Government breeds bureaucracy and waist. Private sector breeds efficiency and results. ALWAYS.
  • Richard Bloodworth oh and I never said that the right had a monopoly on faith nor do I believe in theocracy. I am pointing out the hypocrisy of using a religious argument on the one hand while on the other saying religion has no place in politics. It is logically inconsistent.
  • Andrew Thomas Hussmann loved the Ayn Rand bit haha
  • Nathan Richter “All that government is is the collective action and will of all individuals working together. ” True! Unanimity is the basis of government. Hence the lack of laws and police.On a significantly less dishonest note, it turns out that government is composed of those most able and willing to commit violence.Which is really what the core, profound evil warned against by those who condemn institutionalized socialism on a governmental scale: it turns out that being willing to do violence upon the non-violent, even if one takes their wealth and inefficiently distributes it to others, is not a virtue. A lot of folks try to dress it up in fancy language in order to obscure the issue, but every law that collects money for redistribution is a gun pointed at the wage-earner’s head. It is an act of violence, even if we sanitize our language and hire many degrees of separation to act as middlemen.A fun thought exercise!
    Charity : Wealth redistribution :: Healthy sex : ?

    Hint: just add the threat of (or actual) violence, and see how the virtue flourishes!

  • Richard Bloodworth ooo ooo ooo I got it rape?
  • Col James RW Hiatt Money has no real existence. It is created by a government as a means of transaction, and is regulated by the Gov… It isnt sacred, and neither is wealth. Money is a societal tool.
  • Nathan Richter Is your point that citizens have no right to property? Is your point that because money (like liberty and dignity) is not fundamentally material, it cannot be owned by those who earn it? Or is it reasonable and right for violence to threaten or be committed against the non-violent as long as that of which they are being deprived fails to reach a certain threshold of being sacred? These are, on the face of them, absurd. I cannot understand how so many can consider a course of action reasonable that denies the simple and obvious truth that for every one who receives without earning, there is one who earns without receiving.
  • Col James RW Hiatt Things like Land ownership, Money, etc are created and regulated by Government. They are effectively “leased” to the people for a fee which we call taxes. You do not own your land in the ultimate sense. You do not own your money in the ultimate sense. You do not own or even run the economic system that you have flourished in. You must pay your entry fee into the arcade, and then you must pay for each game that you play. You do not own the game, and you do not own the tickets that you receive for playing the game. The tickets are simply transactional material as well. The arcade can choose to take a percentage of your tickets used in each transaction. You do not own the arcade, or the games, nor the system. You lease it. Taxes are your lease payments. 
  • If you wish to not be governed, go start your own anarchy based or libertarian based society, and see how well that works out for you. I bet Canada would give you a town (because they are such nice people) for this experiment. I bet that it would work perfectly if you keep the numbers small, and hand select the people in your community. As soon as you reach a certain point, it will crumble. It’s like your arguments against Swedish ways of doing things: you claim that things like Universal Healthcare will only work in small places with low population (while in this case I disagree).Libertarianism is truly only viable when there are few people. The Wild West was probably the best example of a laissez-faire economy and libertarianism practically instituted. It was lawless chaos. Gangs and Criminals ran things. Powerful and wealthy ranchers oppressed the small farmers and the smaller ranches. They would dam rivers upstream of whole towns and effectively kill the town, and sweep in and take the abandoned land. Whatever anyone wanted was theirs for the taking if they could build a gang and take it. This is the true face of unchecked capitalism, laissez-faire economics, and libertarianism. Too much personal liberty steps on personal liberty.People are not capable of governing themselves any more than children are capable of babysitting themselves or blind people are capable of leading blind people. A Democratic Constitutional Republic is the best form of Government. It is Government of the people, by the people, and for the people. It is government by a group of men for the benefit of all. Is our current government corrupt? yes, but not irreparably so. Government costs money. You have given your implied consent to be governed by your government, by choosing to live under its rule. Ergo, you have given your implied consent to be taxed and for your taxes to benefit society. You reap the benefits of our government every day. You pay for them. You reap other more indirect benefits by the government choosing to invest in other avenues that come back to benefit you. The Government takes responsibility for certain services so that you don’t have to do it everyday, like warfare, care for the sick and poor, education, etc.Should people only get the education that they can afford? If you can’t afford an education, does that mean that you are screwed, simply by the bad luck of being born to a poor person. Same goes for healthcare: because you are in poverty, and can’t afford to eat healthily, or get vaccinations, or preventative medical or dental care, should you just be allowed to rot and die? This standard of living is the natural end of unchecked libertarianism, and is a violation and an insult to the idea of human value and human dignity. We all benefit if everyone is well educated and healthy. More well-educated people means more entrepreneurs. It means less poverty, which actually means less welfare, and less Government assistance in the long run. Healthy people are more free to innovate and to create a stronger society. Sick and rotting people are innately limited in what they are likely to achieve. They are held back by their physical limitations.

    I strongly believe in Human dignity. Homelessness is an abomination. People Starving Is an abomination. People being held down through a lack of education is an abomination.

    You and I did not choose to be born in the culture that we had the good fortune of landing in that promotes values such as hard work, determination, growth, intelligence, discovery, etc. We did not choose our specific cocktail of genetic traits that makes us successful. We did not choose the socio-economic status that we were born with. In effect, very little of who you and I are is actually due to anything we consciously chose; “but for the grace of God, goeth I.”

    You argue that it is not the governments role to assist us. The government is comprised of the most fortunate people in society, who are leading society, and voting to help take better care of people. Wealthy and Powerful people are voting to take money out of their pockets, universally and equally to help those who most need it. The Government is not some inscrutable organizational Monolith. It is a group of people who see problems, and then decide the best way to fix them, and the best way to get everyone involved in fixing them. It is like a neighborhood association: you pay your dues, and they hire a security guard, or street cleaning, and sign painters.

    The Government is the aggregate will of the people through time.

The Basis of Government in America

Spending ShowdownIn the distant future, approximately 25 years from now in the year 2038, I will make my foray into politics. My minimum goal is to become a Senator. However, I am laying the framework and foundation now. The contacts and legacy that I create now and over the next 25 years is what will build up into a successful framework that will allow me to shape the future of this country for the benefit of the citizens of this great land.

That being said, in order to devote one’s energy and time with the highest level of commitment to some system, one must first have a belief that this system is something of benefit, and believe that his work in such a system is a good thing, if not the highest responsibility.

governmentThe purpose for the American Government is spelled out in the Preamble to the Constitution: “We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, 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.”

The purpose of our government is strength and cohesion of our people and land; peaceful existence free from hate, harm, crime, and anarchy; national security; health, education, and freedom from poverty; and the freedom to determine your own course, dreams, hopes, and aspirations for you and your descendents, provided that those goals do not damage or impede any one else’s within the constraints of the game of life.

The purpose of Government is to care for its citizens on a macro scale, and to mediate disputes, both macro and micro. The purpose of Government is to act on behalf of all its citizen’s best interests.
5875676-Statue_of_Asklepius_GreeceThose elected, appointed, and hired officials must remember that their entire purpose and being revolves around service and care. It is their job to care for people, and to help. In fact, Politicians would be well-served to swear by a modified version of the Hippocratic oath. Here is the modern Hippocratic Oath:

“I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:

I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.

I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures [that] are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.

I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.

I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.

I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their 316ab593802041159396f654f2d233737problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. If it is given me to save a life, all thanks. But it may also be within my power to take a life; this awesome responsibility must be faced with great humbleness and awareness of my own frailty. Above all, I must not play at God.

I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.

I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.

I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.

If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.”

It should be readily apparent the similarities between doctors’ and politicians’ responsibility. Both should take oaths to put the people first, and to do no harm. The corrupt power brokering happening at government-reduce-emissionsthe highest levels today, (consider the revolving door between Monsanto and the FDA, or the CIA and various “Security Firms”). Laws are passed that only truly benefit the stock portfolios and economic positions of the men and women who voted for the laws, on the Tax payer’s dime. This year, my tax burden is approximately 10%-20% of my income. eagle-clawsWhen you make $20,000 a year, $2,000+ is a lot of money to not have. That $2,000 is the difference between extreme worry and stress and less stress. It is an abuse of my attempt to merely “squeak by” and survive at this stage in my life for Government to use my tax dollars in a way that are not in my best interest. I do not begrudge my tax dollars if they are being used to benefit me. However, if people are reaching into my pocket in order to benefit themselves; this is the pinnacle of corruption and is wrong.

The Government should take its responsibility more seriously as the protector of the Public’s best interests. Everything they do, all bills/riders whitehouseproposed must serve the Public’s best interest. VOX POPULI, VOX DEI. Even the way we do “business” in Washington should serve the People. Bills should be voted for or against on their own merit. Enough of these stupid Quid Pro Quo games, and Rider Games. If something is good, who cares what party proposed it, or voted for it: VOTE FOR THE DAMN THING! Let each Party fight over who gets to do more good for the people of this great country, rather than squabble over credit in the public opinion.

Government exists because there are too many people to allow a true democracy: allowing every single person to vote on every single issue was not previously efficiently possible until the last 10 years. What if we allowed the people to have a much more direct hand in policy federal picturemaking? What if there was a secure website that everyone could log into and cast votes for or against bills? People would have the option to either read the summary or the complete bill, and cast their vote. There would also be a forum or comment section on each poll, so that issues could be debated as they are prone to be! I think that at the very least, it would be a useful poll for policy makers to use when considering the thoughts and feelings of their constituency. If we could train all 300 million Americans to log in at least once a week to vote and to debate, our country would be a lot better educated, more involved in the political process, and could begin to move us out of this political ignorance and apathy. School Children would have a version that they “play” with once a week to ingrain in them the habit. It would be increasing difficulty: 1rst graders would be asked questions like: is it ok for Susie to hit Sally if Susie takes Sally’s juice box. High school students would be asked questions on their thoughts about the war in Iraq, or legislature banning assault weapons. 4th-of-July-NYC-Fireworks-2012This would also serve to allow the country to screen for intelligence and aptitude in order to find the best and brightest and offer them scholarships to study political science, economics, global politics and international finance, etc and give everyone a chance to have that leg up. Once you turn 18, you begin actually voting on important issues in the national database: the results of which are distributed to the various appropriate heads of state and media outlets.

The basis of Government in America is consent. We are a people governed by consent. We are a people who have delegated decision-making away to intelligent educated people, who we mistrust, for good reason. We are incapable and inefficient at governing ourselves, so we have roughly 650 people that we allow to do it for us. We trust them to act Senate-bill-to-turn-US-into-battlefieldin our best interests according to principles and ethics: according to standards, and philosophical ideals. We expect them to hold themselves and be held to a higher standard than anyone else. Tis is how they ear the trust and ear the responsibility. Ergo, the basis of Government in America OUGHT to be principles, not money – which is what is often seems IS.