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A very interesting thing happened to me today..

I was sitting in class, socializing with a person or two with the essentially empty class time, when somehow the topic of marijuana legalization in the United States come up. To my surprise, the teacher put forward his view in the affirmative of legalization. Now, what this eventually turned into after a bit of exchange culminated in one girl turning around and saying that government has no purpose.

Clearly, a more than ridiculous statement if you enjoy sleeping the night with the expectancy of waking the next morning alive, but it still brought an interesting (though inadvertent) question.

What do you think the role of government ought to be in daily life; that is, to what extent should government directly affect (and does affect) a person?

Further, what is the simple and direct point and purpose of a government in your personal words?

I realize that these topics may appear somewhat trite and perhaps understood, common sense ideas, but I still think they warrant enough to merit some exploration, especially in the context of modern paradigms.

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The Australian Federal government will obtain complete power in both houses allowing them to do whatever they want. As far as I'm concerned the government should be representing the people, but frankly the people here were stoned when they voted so stupidly.

It's hard to say, in some aspects they should be able to affect a lot. And depending on who you are what the government does may severely affect your way of life. This is certainly an interesting topic and could go on forever, I hope you're aware of that...
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I am, and readily welcome infinity.
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Haha, I hope you're also ready for a severe lack of partipation in this topic too...
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I have always thought that a governments role should always be to protect the land and it's people, to tax said people in order to implement said protection, as well as to line with gold those placed in power by the government. End of story.
OF course, that never is the end of the story, there's always more ways that what Sen. So-and-So thinks is right and just can seep into our daily lives.
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A governments role shouldn't be to cushion those holding positions and give them anything they want. And even more, the government shouldn't keep increasing the military expenditures just so their country can have the biggest dick. <_< (e.i. OUR'S!)
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I echo the sentiments of Thomas Jefferson's famous quote: "Government is best which governs least." Government's base purpose is to bring structure and order to a society by having the people most qualified for leadership using their skills to better all concerned. Where government gets away is because of human nature--people in power want nothing more than MORE power, and this leads to war, the Patriot Act, etc. A truly Democratic society doesn't require a government to hold its hand and lead it through every bump in the road. That is my main feeling--give us a structure but give us some freedom in our own governing, please.
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By definition though, the United States isn't a democracy. It's a Republic. That's why we're getting screwed over; we don't know what to call ourselves.
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I get kind of annoyed when politicans talk about democracy and spreading democracy and such, because if we were truly a democracy and not a republic it would be total mob rule, which I don't consider a very good form of government at all.
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My view on what politicians are doing to the world:

American Politicians: Here have some democracy
Small isolated country: We don't want democracy we are happy as it is
American Politicians: God dammit, take our fucking democracy or we will bomb the shit out of you
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Yeah, "rule by the people" doesn't have that same ring when the people in question are a bunch of douchebags.

(Yes, I am talking about the US government. Shocker!)
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Quale said:
My view on what politicians are doing to the world:

American Politicians: Here have some democracy
Small isolated country: We don't want democracy we are happy as it is
American Politicians: God dammit, take our fucking democracy or we will bomb the shit out of you



Hehe, I always found that course of action to be humorously ironic, although perhaps it isn't for the people who actually have to deal with that nonsense.
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Ziyad said:
Now, what this eventually turned into after a bit of exchange culminated in one girl turning around and saying that government has no purpose.



That's easy. Katrina, stupid bitch.
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