Well, government is on everybody’s mind particularly in an election year such as this one, and like just about every element in modern life, there are differing opinions as to what government is and what it should and should not do. Nearly everyone agrees that government should not control our daily lives, until someone points out that our daily lives include traffic stop signs and traffic lights. Then we say, “Oh, except for those. Those are OK.” And also OK are the paved roads, the sense of safety provided by our police and firemen – well, you get the picture.
So the best definition of government I’ve heard to date is attributed to U.S. Representative Barney Frank: “Government is the name we give to the things we choose to do together.” And personally I dearly love the thought of we, the people, doing things together for the good of all of us. And if government, any government from local city council to our national forum, is not perfect, well, dear friends, neither are we.