It’s been a busy summer, and in the course of it I have become more pessimistic about the willingness of the average citizen to explore the fundamental concept of government.
It is said that familiarity breeds contempt – or, as Joni Mitchell put it:
Don’t it always seem to go,
That you don’t know what you’ve got
‘Til it’s gone
The average citizen has gotten used to the government doing it’s job transparently in their daily lives. We tend to take safe streets and safe food and safe water for granted. All that must be done to give us such security happens beyond our sight. It becomes easy to undervalue these functions of government, or to stop watching the growth of regulation.
This disconnect between the people and their government has made it easy for those who demonize the government to convince them to surrender control instead of fighting for it.
The goal of this blog is to promote an understanding of government’s role in society by putting visitors in the shoes of the Framers and allowing them to debate what kind of government they would design for themselves.