Sunday, September 29, 2013

LINCOLN, THE ROAD BUILDER

LINCOLN, THE ROAD BUILDER

[Highway Magazine, February, 1913]


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 do so well, 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.

The desirable things which the individuals of a people cannot do, or cannot well do, for themselves, fall into two classes—those which have relation to wrongs and those which have not. Each of these branches off into an infinite variety of subdivisions.

The first—that in relation to wrongs—embraces all crimes, misdemeanors, and non-performance of contract.

The other embraces all which, in its nature, and without wrong, requires combined action, as public roads and highways, public schools, charities, pauperism, orphanage, estates of the deceased, and the machinery of Government itself. From this it appears that if all men were just, there still would be some, though not so much, need of Government. 



Abraham Lincoln,



Source: Quarterly Bulletin, Bureau of Public Works Manila, 1915

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