The government’s purpose is to moderate, lead, and watch a country in all its official affairs: political, economic, social, and military. It is the governing body that unites the nation under a shared system. Gerald Rudolph Ford once said that a “government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have” (Gerald R. Ford Quotes).
He rightfully highlights the issue many people have with the very idea of a government: giving this much power to a small number of people opens up many possibilities for the power to be abused. I agree with this opinion, as it is a cautionary moral for both ruling officials and the state’s people. A powerful government can provide citizens with everything they may need, but without a way to control its actions, the officials may use the power not for the good of a nation but to its detriment.
I believe that a government is a necessary part of any country or nation. As the official ruling body, it can elevate the nation to new heights or lead it to ruin depending on its actions. The government decides the path a country takes in its development.
The officials are meant to perform jobs that ordinary people are rarely qualified for: such as managing the economy, defensive strategies, external politics, and more. Without a government, a country cannot truly exist, as there would be no leadership to unite the state and its people together as one entity. Nevertheless, as previously mentioned, great power leads to no lesser risk of people in power abusing it for their benefit. The government exists for the people, so there should always be means to ensure its choices are made for the sake of the nation and not otherwise.
“Gerald R. Ford Quotes.” Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library & Museum, 2007. Web.