Assistance For State, Local, And Tribal Governments
The Constitution is known as a “living” document because it can be amended, although in over 200 years there have only been 27 amendments. Laws are made to limit the power of individuals in society – government’s job to legislate, enforce laws and judges. Consider two big-picture ways that the Preamble affects how the Constitution is to be interpreted.
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That meme, as I think I justifiably call it, is that small government is ideal. The need for essential health trumps excessive wealth every time. The above abstract is just a gist of the basic purposes of a government.
Self government refers to government by the people, and separation of powers divides power among three branches of the United States government. The intent of establishing governmental regulations was to prevent the society from collapsing and descending into lawlessness and chaos. The purpose of government, then, is to shape and create individuals.
This is not in dispute by any political theorists, but they do tend to argue on the definition of “reasonable.” Some people define “reasonable” as “the right to vote.” I agree that’s a good minimum standard, but I go a little farther. Thus the right of revolution follows logically from the purpose of government, just as the purpose of government follows logically from the existence of unalienable natural rights in all human beings. In presenting their Declaration of Independence in the form of a logical syllogism, the American Founders justified their action not only to themselves, not only to their “British brethren,” but to a “candid world”—to all human beings who think rationally, wherever and whenever they live. Central to a democratic government is the principle of the rule of law – the idea that all people and institutions within a state are subject to the same laws. These laws must be publicly recorded and forced equally across the population and interpreted by an independent and unbiased body such as a judicial branch. Both the governed and those who govern are equally protected and accountable for their actions.
The battles that are birthed from that conflict are reflected in the process of government decision-making for budgets, policies, and programs. The challenge of government and the citizenry is achieving a meaningful system of grassroots governance. As an analyst, my job is to help policymakers conceptualize the tradeoffs between competing goals. Most people would agree that the government should work to grow the economy, reduce poverty and inequality, and help its citizens live more free, meaningful lives.