Abraham Lincoln On The Nature And Objects of Government

During president Obama’s State Of The Union Address last night I was impressed to hear him quote, or attempt to quote, Abraham Lincoln. All thoughts on the present administration aside, I do sincerely believe that if this administration, or any administration, would truly live by these great words of freedom.. that it’s people would truly be free.

“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.” Abraham Lincoln, July 1, 1854