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An Essay Concerning The Creation Of Government Using The Early American Texts (E.G., The Federalist Papers)

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Civilization, if not by definition then certainly out of necessity, mandates the existence of government if for no other reason than to protect the rights of citizens and to ensure a civilization's continued existence, if not, prosperity. So then, if a government exists solely because of necessity, should it not be the duty of any citizen to make it the best government possible within the limitations of humanity and human nature? Furthermore, ought not the purpose of any government be to protect its citizens by providing order, that is protecting property and preserving life (Janda, 7); to empower its citizens by protecting their freedom, that is, the rights of its citizens to do what they will within the confines of the law (Janda, 6); and to unite its citizens by providing a system of equality, that is a system where its citizens are guaranteed equal treatment by the law (Janda, 7)? Civilization, or society, exists and flourishes because of government. However, to argue that all governments are beneficial to society is, for obvious reason, fraught with error. If government is partially responsible for a civilization's existence and civilization is partially responsible for a government's existence, then does government not have a responsibility to its citizens, and, in turn, does a society not have a responsibility to its government? That is to say, cannot the created require a certain amount of accountability from the creator? Is it not the creator's responsibility to do what is best for the creation? That is the task then, not only to determine what is best for the creation, the society, the civilization, the government, but also to determine how each best serves the other given the limitations of a society. Furthermore, it is also the task to determine "whether individual men and women will have to serve some system of government or economics, or whether a system of government and economics exists to serve individual men and women" (Roosevelt, 420).Certainly, the fundamental pillar of any government is its right to existence, established through a Constitution. This constitution is written by the entities that first see a need for an ordered governmental structure. While Thomas Paine's statement that "A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom" (Paine, 73) may be considered true to a certain extent, it also implicitly raises the need for something more concrete, yet fluid when the society demands it. "In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself" (Madison, 121). What is required then, is a Constitution, however not merely a static, firm and unmoving set of rules, but a living and dynamic document, that is capable of adapting the fundamental principles of human...

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