But where is wisdom and understanding to be found about the proper role of government?
There are too many people who are pervasively ignorant about the role of government in the affairs of mankind. It is also the case that those who act in the name of government happen to also be ignorant about the role of government.
In the premises, the confusion that ensues has the real effect of undermining the rights of men that a government ought to promote and protect.
How can government actors be expected to protect rights of men when no shared understanding exists as to the source of these rights?
It was Thomas Jefferson who held the view that: “A free people [claim] their rights, as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate.”
He held that free people’s rights are derived from the laws of nature and not as a gift of their Chief Magistrate. A Chief Magistrate is a person of flesh who by nature is incapable of giving what he does not have in his possession in the first place.
Is it important that a shared understanding exist in order to inform correct perspectives on what should be the role of government actors in a constitutional democracy.