Role of Government Ap Gov

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Introductory Writing Assignment
1. In a representative democracy, the role of the government is, at the most basic level, a tool which carries out the will of the majority of the people. The will of the people is manifested in elected officials who vote on behalf of the people. Our good friend, the Englishman John Locke, argued that a government was supposed to protect the people's rights to life, liberty, and property, and that is the minimal amount of work a government should be doing. And ideally, that would be enough because there should be reason for the government to concern itself with the private business of citizens. Thomas Jefferson, in the good ol' Declaration of Independence modified the phrase to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. By claiming that the government should protect a citizen's indivdual right to happiness, and leaving "happiness" vague, he changed the government's role to one that is forced not only to protect the citizens' basic rights, but one that must also care for and provide for the citizen in times of need. This opens the door for programs such as federal student loan programs and welfare programs. In the representative democracy of the US, the government should be required to, within limits set by the voters themselves, protect citizens from all threats; foreign, domestic, and personal. 2. In a capitalist economy, the role of the idividual is to work hard in pursuit of their own success, where success is defined by the amount of money and assets earned. Individuals are expected to take on a selfish mindset where they work for their own benefit, working towards higher wages, to aqcuire more assets, and to use their resources in the most efficient way to make money the most money. The ideal capitalist individual is expected to be self-sufficent, with a job he created himself where he is own boss. An individual's only materials that are neccessary to succeed are drive and a marketable skill or trade. The government's role...