We the people [Letter]

Maryellen O.Brady (The Capital, July 11), suggests that this is a good time to ask ourselves what "we the people" wish from our government. I suggest that we should be asking what we can reasonably expect from a government. She gives her view of what she thinks the purpose of a government is. This view, like all of our views, is based on a personal idea of the purpose of life and the traditions of the culture is which one person grew up. There are as many such views as there are people having a say in our govermnents. Unless a Democratic government is only empowered to reflect those views that almost all of the governed hold, the government is at best indecisive and in the end must...