People on the Street: What is the Purpose of Government?


{Off screen} What do you think the purpose of government is? I believe the purpose of government is to protect people, and to help them when they need it. {Music} It’s to basically be scared of the people, and to listen to the people, and to protect the people. So, the government is in place for the people. It’s their responsibility to oversee everything that goes on throughout the entire United States. To protect my sovereignty… and nothing more. Well, the purpose of government is to make everything run smoothly. There’s a lot of things going on in the world— economy, there’s a lot of different issues, relationships with other countries… and I think it’s important to have people who are well-educated in that field make the important decisions for the country since you voted for them. I guess to just keep people safe and make regulations so that everything doesn’t go to hell, basically. And to listen to what we want as a whole nation, not just the individuals. To provide guidance to our country, to help it in times of recession, and to back off in times of economic growth. It’s to provide foundation and to give us something to interact with other countries— a face to represent our country. I think the purpose of government is to ensure the well-being of those that are in society and basically to set guidelines, maybe, boundaries and regulations which we can all abide in peace together. To make the best decisions for people as a whole and then to promote the great values that this country was founded upon. I think that’s what the government should be about. The purpose of government is to take a million people’s ideas into a funnel and to just drip it down in a line onto paper and the ones that fall out you look at those, then you decide which of those will be the best, and then you run with one of those. But then what happened to the ideas that were left over in the funnel? That’s the only problem. That’s what I find. Especially with the way that Congress is situated and all the earmarks and everything that’s going on, The purpose of government is supposed to be to take what’s in the best interest of everyone and to make it policy for everyone. But the problem is, there’s no such thing as an objective view that one person can give for other people because you’re always going to be affected in some way by what you want or how you feel. So, the true purpose of government can never be a thing. There are a number of things I could say to this. But I have to say, there needs to be some type of structure to actually facilitate and organize the nation, our country. And people who actually have to work, make a living, don’t have the time actually to facilitate that. So they elect people who are actually— that is their job, and we put the trust in them and it’s basically to make sure everything is run properly. To provide for the people when they can’t provide for themselves, and in a way to protect people from each other because we do have all these natural rights, things like that, but when we start to infringe on other people’s natural rights, that’s where the government mostly comes into play.

Maurice Vega

13 Responses

  1. The pre-amble outlines what the US government is set out to do in order to form a more perfect union.
    Establish justice insuring domestic tranquility. Provide for the defense of the common people.
    Promote the welfare of the general population.
    Secure the people's liberty and prosperity.

  2. Interesting. Out all those interviews with young people, only one had something along the lines of preserving liberty, when that guy said 'the government should fear us'. Other than that no mention of liberty, only this idea that government is to rule over us and to 'take care of us ' (which is really dependency and control). What about freedom and liberty? How is what most of these people are in favor of different then an oligarchical despotic system? That's what a dictator tells the people, r

  3. …to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity…

  4. Bravo to the woman @ 0:42

    People of all ages need to look up the definition of Liberty, then read below:

    "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, …" – Declaration of Independence, July 4th, 1776.

  5. Hephaestus
    2 years ago
    no one mention how the government is taking advantage of the people

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    The dude near the end did

  6. kill the whole world U.S. and then bomb yourselves up so,GOD could judge our sins and virgins.so,all could go to heaven and hell.

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