Proceedings, Debates of the U.S. Congress
May 23, 2013
113th Congress, 1st Session
Issue: Vol. 159, No. 74 — Daily Edition
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HONORING EVAN VOSS
(Extensions of Remarks - May 23, 2013)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E761-E762] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] HONORING EVAN VOSS ______ HON. PETE OLSON of texas in the house of representatives Thursday, May 23, 2013 Mr. OLSON. Mr. Speaker, I am privileged to interact with some of the brightest students in the 22nd Congressional District who serve on my Congressional Youth Advisory Council. I have gained much by listening to the high school students who are the future of this great nation. They provide important insight into the concerns of our younger constituents and hopefully get a better sense of the importance of being an active participant in the political process. Many of the students have written short essays on a variety of topics and I am pleased to share these with my House colleagues. Evan Voss is a junior at Pearland High School in Brazoria County, Texas. His essay topic is: In your opinion, what role should government play in our lives? [[Page E762]] A Social Contract At the time when the U.S. government was created, the Framers of the Constitution generally believed that all men, though created equal, were naturally greedy and selfish, and that without proper leadership or guidance, the world would be wrought with anarchy and chaos. The political philosopher. Thomas Hobbes best demonstrated the views of western government officials at the time when he wrote that in its natural state, mankind would instigate a ``war of all against all'', where man would live forever in fear of death, a solitary, isolated, and animalistic life. This being said, the only way to protect mankind from itself was through social contract and the creation of governing body. This body would protect its citizens and in return, its citizens would give up several of their natural rights. This was the original function of the federal government. This original purpose of the government is the true purpose of the government, that is to say that to keep the social contract established between the governing and the governed valid, the federal government must protect its citizens. This desire to protect, however, has, in recent times, changed the government into an overbearing figure. It has been called ``Big Brother'' for a reason, and, although it does fulfill its end of the social contract, it is to the degradation of the people. Yes, the people agreed to sacrifice several of their natural liberties to be secure, but now, it seems that instead of protection from themselves, the citizenry of the United States require guard against the United States itself The interference of the government in individual personal affairs has led to growing mistrust among the people towards the very thing that originally protected them. To resolve this issue, the government must simply return to its foundation, its core. In doing so, the people will feel that the social contract conceived between themselves and their protector has been honored and is valid. Because, inevitably, a well liked and well perceived national government holds more power than that of one that is thought to be dishonest and a threat to the very lives it is obligated to protect.