_"What was the primary and principal object in the institution of government? Was it — I speak of the primary and principal object — was it to acquire new rights by a human establishment? Or was it, by human establishment, to acquire new security for the possession or the recovery of those rights, to the enjoyment or acquisition of which we were previously entitled by the immediate gift, or by the unerring law, of our all-wise and all-beneficent Creator? The latter, I presume, was the case…"

-- James Wilson, 1790



01/05/2012 5:05pm

The only, sole purpose of government (though it has multiple applications) is to protect, secure, and defend the inalienable rights and liberties of its people. Nothing more, nothing less.


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