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That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
posted by apocalypticon
Good question yer' Benevolence,
2. Fiscal Responsibility: a necessary attribute especially . . GOVERNMENT . . It means using what you have WISELY.
4. Compassionate Governance: As far as possible, a government should have a compassionate social policy for those who are truly in need of assistance. The "People's Purse" should be used at home first.
5. Strong Military: give the Nation a well armed, supplied, supported, and highly trained military. Use it only as a last resort, and mercilessly defend the Nation with it in case of real threat.
The Media grow a spine and do some "as-truly-as-possible impartial" investigative journalism. Enough of the freakin' dog-and-pony show that passes for information. [Edited by Don W]