NYT – “Essential Role of Government…Protect the Weak”

Denying Children 

“The health of millions of children who lack insurance cannot be held hostage to the president’s visceral distaste for government and its essential role to protect the weak, or his desire to protect the tobacco industry.”

As might be expected, the New York Times has the roles of government backwards; opposites of what they truly are.

The only legitimate end of government is to protect the citizen in the enjoyment of Life, Liberty, and Property. “The purpose of government,” said Thomas Jefferson, “is to allow for the preservation of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Any other function assumed by government is usurpation and oppression.

The Times says the essential role of government is to protect the weak. Either the Times is ignorant of the role of government or it is intentionally misinforming its readers. The statement that the essential function of government is to protect the weak from the strong is a tenet of liberalism. In truth, it is no more a function of government to protect the weak from the strong than it is to protect the strong from the weak.

To protect the weak from the strong is to imply the weak should get more of an advantage from government. Since most of us are weak rather than strong, we find little fault with that reasoning. And yet if we put aside our own selfish interest for that of the nation as a whole and how it may grow strong and endure, it seems absurd the government would favor weakness over strength. A nation that favors weakness over strength will soon find its action self-fulfilling.

Regardless however, the function of government is neither to protect weakness from strength nor strength from weakness. The purpose of government is to protect life from harm, liberty from enslavement, and property from seizure. It matters not whether the illegal act is performed by the strong or the weak, it is to be repressed.

The protection of the tobacco industry is a function of government. The tobacco industry is property and as such, it is inherent upon the government to protect it.

For the government to confiscate an undue portion of its wealth without consent or compensation to give to another is nothing more than illegal theft of its rights to protection of property

The New York Times is incorrect. The essential role of government is to maintain a national military and local police forces for protection against loss of life, loss of property, and loss of liberty at the hands of either foreign enemies or domestic criminals. Nothing more, nothing less.

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2 Responses to NYT – “Essential Role of Government…Protect the Weak”

  1. Harold Lamb says:

    The true role of government is to “insure justice” in society. Government may not keep a standing army; appropriations for the cost of an army are limited to a period of 2 years. Government must maintain a navy permanently. Local police are not to be federal agents maintained by the federal government. Heaven will be the only hope we have if that should ever come to pass.

  2. J says:

    Government has several roles, and the value of protecting the weak cannot be denied as one of the central justifications for establishing a system of checks and balances. While you are correct to say that government is tasked with protecting the weak AND the strong, that does not preclude instances where the government should be required to protect the weak from the strong. In an instance where the weak are being oppressed by the strong, “protecting the weak” means protecting them from the strong and, thus, favoring them. See Madison, below.

    “In a society under the forms of which the stronger faction can readily unite and oppress the weaker, anarchy may as truly be said to reign as in a state of nature, where the weaker individual is not secured against the violence of the stronger; and as, in the latter state [anarchy], even the stronger individuals are prompted, by the uncertainty of their condition, to submit to a government which may protect the weak as well as themselves; so, in the former state, will the more powerful factions or parties be gradually induced, by a like motive, to wish for a government which will protect all parties, the weaker as well as the more powerful.”
    -Madison, Federalist Paper #51

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