God Morning

We have come to a place where we have to ask ourselves, what are we?  Are we a government with a people attached to it ?  Or a people, with a government attached to them?  If so, what is the proper role and limit of government in the lives of the people? Should it dictate our every choice in return for responding to our every need? Or should individuals hold the power of choice and take the responsibility for fulfilling their needs under conditions of freedom of choice and equality of opportunity.