Government As An Institution Of Social Control

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While each system of government is set up differently, in general the purpose of government is to be an institution of social control. The American government was set up to protect the rights of all of its citizens, particularly to protect the minority from the will of the majority. The foundation of the American government is the Constitution, and it is from this document that we can understand the basic role of the American government. Beyond what is outlined in the Constitution, the American government also has the duty to protect its citizens basic human rights. As outlined by the United Nations, some basic human rights are: life and liberty, freedom of speech, to hold religious beliefs without persecution, quality education, right to health, not to be murdered, tortured, or enslaved or imprisoned without charge. It is the duty of every government to make sure each one of these rights are upheld for each of its citizens. other than this, it is up to each collective society to decided how their government will be run. This being said, I believe in order to uphold basic human rights the American government needs more control in areas such as health care and education. Access to quality health care is a basic human right. This being said it is the duty of a nation to ensure that its citizens have equal access to quality health care. This basic human right is unfortunately not upheld very well in the United States. The United States has the highest cost of health

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