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Nov 17, 2012 07:39:36   #
Richard94611
 
The heading really says it. So many correspondents in this forum have differing views on what are or should be the legitimate functions of government, I'm interested in what you think these functions should be.

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Nov 17, 2012 09:29:34   #
donrent
 
The MAIN and #1 function of the Government is to protect its citizens...

NOT to rule them...

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Nov 17, 2012 11:19:47   #
Richard94611
 
In other words, if I understand you correctly, there should be no laws ? Is that what you are saying ?



donrent wrote:
The MAIN and #1 function of the Government is to protect its citizens...

NOT to rule them...

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Nov 17, 2012 11:22:00   #
tom kf4wol
 
To take your hard earned money, piss it away on Royalty vacations for the buffoons we elect, study the sex habits of cock roaches, give the rest to nations who hate us.....then restrict our Freedoms.....and it is done by all party affiliates, breeds, sex and race...

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Nov 17, 2012 11:24:04   #
Bmac (a regular here)
 
Richard94611 wrote:
In other words, if I understand you correctly, there should be no laws ? Is that what you are saying ?

donrent wrote:
The MAIN and #1 function of the Government is to protect its citizens...

NOT to rule them...


No, he didn't say that at all. He stated the main function of government not the only function. 8-)

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Nov 17, 2012 11:31:09   #
tschmath
 
One of the constitutionally mandated jobs of the federal government is to "promote the general welfare." For me that means making sure I have clean air to breathe and water to drink. It means making sure my food is safe. It means making sure I have health care. It means making sure that I don't live in squalor when I'm too old to work anymore. It means making sure that 10-year olds don't work in sweatshops. It means making sure that everyone has a minimal level of income from their employment. It means making sure that everyone has the right to vote. It means equal pay for equal work. It means that everyone can use the same lunch counters and schools. That to me is a large part of what the federal government is supposed to do.

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Nov 17, 2012 11:37:12   #
Bangee5
 
To uphold the constitution of the United States of America.

What Donrent meant by "NOT to rule them...", and YOU KNEW WHAT HE MEANT, not to oppress its people with laws that burden its people by force. No government is above the law that it imposes. If it is not meant to protect then of what use is it's laws.

You asked a very good question, try not making a game out of it.

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Nov 17, 2012 12:05:53   #
tschmath
 
Bangee5 wrote:
To uphold the constitution of the United States of America.

What Donrent meant by "NOT to rule them...", and YOU KNEW WHAT HE MEANT, not to oppress its people with laws that burden its people by force. No government is above the law that it imposes. If it is not meant to protect then of what use is it's laws.

You asked a very good question, try not making a game out of it.


If this was directed to me, rest assured I was not "making a game of it", as you say. I answered the OP's simple question, what is the role of government? My response had nothing to do with donrent's response. He has his opinion, and I have mine. I was not responding to his opinion, just answering the original question. Back off, big guy.

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Nov 17, 2012 12:10:55   #
Bmac (a regular here)
 
tschmath wrote:
Bangee5 wrote:
To uphold the constitution of the United States of America.

What Donrent meant by "NOT to rule them...", and YOU KNEW WHAT HE MEANT, not to oppress its people with laws that burden its people by force. No government is above the law that it imposes. If it is not meant to protect then of what use is it's laws.

You asked a very good question, try not making a game out of it.


If this was directed to me, rest assured I was not "making a game of it", as you say. I answered the OP's simple question, what is the role of government? My response had nothing to do with donrent's response. He has his opinion, and I have mine. I was not responding to his opinion, just answering the original question. Back off, big guy.
quote=Bangee5 To uphold the constitution of the U... (show quote)


It wasn't directed at you, it was directed at Richard. Read the thread, it's fairly obvious. 8-)

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Nov 17, 2012 12:13:45   #
tschmath
 
Bmac wrote:
tschmath wrote:
Bangee5 wrote:
To uphold the constitution of the United States of America.

What Donrent meant by "NOT to rule them...", and YOU KNEW WHAT HE MEANT, not to oppress its people with laws that burden its people by force. No government is above the law that it imposes. If it is not meant to protect then of what use is it's laws.

You asked a very good question, try not making a game out of it.


If this was directed to me, rest assured I was not "making a game of it", as you say. I answered the OP's simple question, what is the role of government? My response had nothing to do with donrent's response. He has his opinion, and I have mine. I was not responding to his opinion, just answering the original question. Back off, big guy.
quote=Bangee5 To uphold the constitution of the U... (show quote)


It wasn't directed at you, it was directed at Richard. Read the thread, it's fairly obvious. 8-)
quote=tschmath quote=Bangee5 To uphold the const... (show quote)


I couldn't tell because you didn't include Richard's quote. Had you done that I would have known who you were addressing.

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Nov 17, 2012 12:14:37   #
Bangee5
 
tschmath wrote:
Bangee5 wrote:
To uphold the constitution of the United States of America.

What Donrent meant by "NOT to rule them...", and YOU KNEW WHAT HE MEANT, not to oppress its people with laws that burden its people by force. No government is above the law that it imposes. If it is not meant to protect then of what use is it's laws.

You asked a very good question, try not making a game out of it.


If this was directed to me, rest assured I was not "making a game of it", as you say. I answered his simple question, what is the role of government? He has his opinion, and I have mine. I was not responding to his opinion, just answering his question. Back off, big guy.
quote=Bangee5 To uphold the constitution of the U... (show quote)


It was directed at the OP. Did you say anything about Donrent's commit? No, you did not. Don't be so sensitive. You gave your opinion which was good and to the point rather I agree or not.

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Nov 17, 2012 12:16:32   #
Bmac (a regular here)
 
tschmath wrote:
Bmac wrote:
tschmath wrote:
Bangee5 wrote:
To uphold the constitution of the United States of America.

What Donrent meant by "NOT to rule them...", and YOU KNEW WHAT HE MEANT, not to oppress its people with laws that burden its people by force. No government is above the law that it imposes. If it is not meant to protect then of what use is it's laws.

You asked a very good question, try not making a game out of it.


If this was directed to me, rest assured I was not "making a game of it", as you say. I answered the OP's simple question, what is the role of government? My response had nothing to do with donrent's response. He has his opinion, and I have mine. I was not responding to his opinion, just answering the original question. Back off, big guy.
quote=Bangee5 To uphold the constitution of the U... (show quote)


It wasn't directed at you, it was directed at Richard. Read the thread, it's fairly obvious. 8-)
quote=tschmath quote=Bangee5 To uphold the const... (show quote)


I couldn't tell because you didn't include Richard's quote. Had you done that I would have known who you were addressing.
quote=Bmac quote=tschmath quote=Bangee5 To upho... (show quote)


Ha, and it wasn't me doing the addressing, that was Bangee. Come on Tshmath, it's late, you should be done with your coffee. Get the cobwebs out. :D

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Nov 17, 2012 12:20:11   #
Bangee5
 
tschmath wrote:
Bmac wrote:
tschmath wrote:
Bangee5 wrote:
To uphold the constitution of the United States of America.

What Donrent meant by "NOT to rule them...", and YOU KNEW WHAT HE MEANT, not to oppress its people with laws that burden its people by force. No government is above the law that it imposes. If it is not meant to protect then of what use is it's laws.

You asked a very good question, try not making a game out of it.


If this was directed to me, rest assured I was not "making a game of it", as you say. I answered the OP's simple question, what is the role of government? My response had nothing to do with donrent's response. He has his opinion, and I have mine. I was not responding to his opinion, just answering the original question. Back off, big guy.
quote=Bangee5 To uphold the constitution of the U... (show quote)


It wasn't directed at you, it was directed at Richard. Read the thread, it's fairly obvious. 8-)
quote=tschmath quote=Bangee5 To uphold the const... (show quote)


I couldn't tell because you didn't include Richard's quote. Had you done that I would have known who you were addressing.
quote=Bmac quote=tschmath quote=Bangee5 To upho... (show quote)


Yes, I should have used Quote Reply to Richard. Sorry, my bad. I will try to be more careful about that from now on. Let us get back to the OP's question and try to learn something here.

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Nov 17, 2012 18:06:26   #
Remoman
 
tschmath wrote:
One of the constitutionally mandated jobs of the federal government is to "promote the general welfare." For me that means making sure I have clean air to breathe and water to drink. It means making sure my food is safe. It means making sure I have health care. It means making sure that I don't live in squalor when I'm too old to work anymore. It means making sure that 10-year olds don't work in sweatshops. It means making sure that everyone has a minimal level of income from their employment. It means making sure that everyone has the right to vote. It means equal pay for equal work. It means that everyone can use the same lunch counters and schools. That to me is a large part of what the federal government is supposed to do.
One of the constitutionally mandated jobs of the f... (show quote)


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Nov 18, 2012 05:24:46   #
Dixiegirl (a regular here)
 
Absolutely!!!!!
donrent wrote:
The MAIN and #1 function of the Government is to protect its citizens...

NOT to rule them...

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