Thursday, May 8, 2014

The Proper Role of Government

The following was written in November 2013 as a response to the questionnaire for federal candidates seeking an endorsement from the Liberty Caucus of the Republican Conference (i.e., the Republican Party).

Here is the link to the original questionnaire:

This is my answer to Question #1.

1. B & D
   (The proper role of government is to protect individual rights and support useful commerce; not to provide for the common good, nor to preserve American culture)
   The proper role of government is to (B) protect individual rights, such as the natural rights to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness; and to (D) support useful commerce by ensuring that interstate commerce is well-regulated – that is, uninterrupted, unobstructed, and free from the effects of monopolies and trusts which are harmful to competitive markets.
   The Congress does not have any enumerated constitutional authority to (C) preserve American culture aside from fixing the standards of weights and measures. (A) Providing for the common good is not the proper role of the U.S. federal government (I will explain why in my answer to Question #12, which concerns the General Welfare Clause).

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