Letter: Ending protest petitions undermines good gov’t

By Ernest Askew

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Ending protest petitions undermines good gov’t

Government itself arises from a social contract among individuals who agree for their mutual benefit to obey laws and support the government in exchange for protection of their own lives, liberties and property. Thomas Jefferson incorporated this social contract notion into the American Declaration of Independence. Enlightened self-interest leads individuals to a constitutional contract establishing a government to protect life, liberty and property. The constitutional rules for governmental decision-making do not always ensure that the interests of politicians and bureaucrats coincide with those of the median voter.

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Agreed, Mr. Askew. Refusing to fully disclose suggests there is something to hide.

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