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Save us from the police
Government: What is it good for?

By Tyler Wells
 twells@gladstone.uoregon.edu


In these modern times it would make sense to say that the function of any government would and should be to protect individual rights, as well as collective interests. The U.S. in fact does both, for good and evil purposes. Recently, its purpose is leaning towards the latter of both previous sentences. Here are some questions: What does "individual rights" mean? Does it mean that individuals should be able to do as they please on their own property? Does it mean that wealthy individuals should get a tax break because they reinvest their wealth back into the country, because they reinvest their wealth back into the country? Or should individual rights be referred to the Bill Of Rights? Nobody should be afraid to walk down an empty street at night because the police may be hiding around the next corner, ready to beat to up and falsely arrest you for resisting arrest. I praise the anti-federalists for demanding the addition of the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. And I'm sure if I would have been living back then, I would have been on their side. At the time after the American Revolution, many states' Constitutions already had a Bill Of Rights. The proposed Constitution, written in secrecy by the federalists, however did not. America could have been switching from British aristocrats, to American wealthy, elitist politicians without security. Clearly, privacy and protection from the government must have been on the minds of the farmers. Every day, many people in the fair city of Portland are robbed of their rights clearly stated in the constitution by the police. Who is going to protects us? Our elected representative should, but they're not. Congress is supposed to represent their constituents in their own districts. This was compromised by the federalists and anti-federalists. Congress is for the people, and the Senate is for the national majority. The senate (elitist politicians), who's terms were six years, and the House (Congress), were elected ever two years. Congress was deigned to be radical. Who's representing ME? Nobody... ... read more later.