LETTER: Lincoln speaks government’s purposeTo the Telegram: Abraham Lincoln, in July 1854, said:
To the Telegram:
Abraham Lincoln, in July 1854, said:
The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but cannot do, at all, or cannot, so well do, for themselves —in their separate, and individual capacities.
In all that the people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not to interfere.
From this, it appears that if all men were just, there still would be some, though not so much, need of government.