To secure these rights
Next Wednesday, we celebrate the 236th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The document reminds us that the reason we institute governments and elect public officials in the first place is to secure our rights. At a minimum, we ought to be able to expect our representatives to be concerned with those rights—like the right to life and health—even if they may not agree with us as to the best way to go about it.
It also reminds us that when government starts forgetting its obligations in this respect, “it is our right, it is our duty,” to do something about it.