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ColbertWatcher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-22-08 11:44 PM
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32. My suggestion...
Edited on Fri May-23-08 12:04 AM by ColbertWatcher
...use his own words against him.

"Government exists to protect freedom..."

Remind him that you're talking specifically about American government, not some obscure, random government, which can be used to keep moving the goal posts.

America's government was created based on what had existed previously with the goal of avoiding past mistakes. America's government continuously strives to do things better for more of its citizens; it does not exist in a vacuum or safely removed from reality. The most important component of America's chosen government is that it is made up of the people, by the people and for the people.

One of the things America's citizen government tries to do is provide for all its citizens. When our country started, there were only four types of citizen:
* land owning males
* males who didn't own land
* females
* slaves

We've come a long way and the government has grown the entire time based on the needs of the citizens and at the speed the citizens have dictated.

(ON EDIT fixing this sentence for grammar) It has not been easy, but we've always risen to the challenge and have forced our representatives not to betray our vision.

When America was finally ready to dissolve the institution of slavery, the government had to adapt. When women were given the right to vote, the government had to adapt. When children were no longer considered employees, the government had to adapt. To believe that any group that opposed the new way (ending slavery, allowing women to vote, preventing children from being exploited) would simply change their beliefs just because the government said so is naive. The people the government elected to represent them had to have something to back up the laws they created and provide an infrastructure that insured checks and balances, a capacity for citizen to petition any redress and a way to change or amend any existing law.

If there is a sincere belief that the government is becoming too much of a "nanny state", but our government allows for any dissent or disapproval without punishment.

The government also allows, however, for programs and structures that prevent a minority from losing protections based on the beliefs of a majority. That's why we longer have slaves, women can vote and children can get an education to learn about their government instead of working a job they may not be ready for.

(Hope that helps)
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