Our government's first responsibility is to protect and defend the individual lives, liberty and property of its citizens. Our government's second responsibility is to promote the general welfare of its citizens. The government should not violate its first responsibility in any of its attempts to fulfill its second responsibility. No lives, no degree of individual liberty and no amount of private property should ever be sacrificed to promote the general welfare. On the other hand, the general welfare may well have to make some sacrifices to protect and defend the individual lives, and the liberty, and the private property of its citizens. Our 1st & 2nd responsibilities reflect our priorities as a nation. One of the things that makes the United States of America exceptional is that we are constituted to prioritize individual life, liberty and private property over the general welfare. As an American, I would not trade my liberty for everything else. Even if I was offered the whole world, my answer would be the same, "Give me liberty, or give me death." That priority is enshrined in our constitution, and it is exactly what makes America great.