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I want to remind people what the purpose of government is: to protect our God-given inalienable rights. When our Founding Fathers sought to ratify our constitution, it was resisted by many states until the Bill of Rights was added to it. The First Amendment states our freedoms regarding religion, speech and the press, and to peaceably assemble.

In 1866 the U. S. Supreme Court commented on how the Constitution should be applied in difficult times. It stated, ‘The Constitution of the United States is a law for rulers and people, equally in war and peace, and covers with the shield of its protection all classes of men, at all times, and under all circumstances.”

Government may be persuasive in presenting the facts, but must not be invasive of our God-given rights. If the facts are unclear, both sides should be presented so each citizen can make an informed choice. The need for government transparency is increased when media and internet sources suppress information to promote their preferred agenda.

The role of government during this pandemic of the Wuhan flu is to provide the public with an accurate understanding of the virus in order to assist families in making informed decisions. Mandates must be short lived while we are discovering the facts. When we go beyond that limited time, compliance wanes as people see no evidence of results. It contributes to a lack of respect for government authority. The most respect is given to an authority that respects the rights of its citizens.

Author: Dennis Guth