Citizens should be able to rely on their government to promote the general welfare of society and work for the common good. A government’s basic functions are providing leadership, maintaining order, providing public services, providing national security, and providing economic security. The government creates laws and policies that avoid or manage problems, like environmental laws to protect resources and reduce pollution and economic policies to prevent recession. The government sets a direction for society and protects the public interest in dealing with the reality that there are many issues in which the actions of an individual can cause problems that are too large for others to overcome on their own. The government should not be picking “winners” and “losers,” but is meant to ensure that laws are just and human rights are protected by ensuring that equitable opportunities exist for a healthy, stable and successful life no matter a person’s race, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age or familial status.
The Role of Government
- by Sara Wolf