The government’s role as a protector is to only protect the rights of the people of its state to maintain their freedoms and to not be shortchanged by any other member within or without the state. Cultural traditions are often a point of conflict under the overarching realm of government protection, and very ill-placed based on the previous definition. The government should not be partial to a particular group’s interests in any regard as it is the duty of the government to maintain neutrality and be an objective judge when it comes down to conflicts between cultural groups. The US government is no different in the fact that it stands as the balance for the United States and should maintain its neutrality and protect every citizen’s inalienable rights regardless of their cultural group affiliation.
A cultural group brings its traditions wherever it goes and at its own peril of sideways glances from the rest of the population, but it maintains the government’s job to ensure that these cultural groups have their rights protected on a level playing field that all participants in the state share. The government’s task is to ensure that everyone maintains their personal rights, especially when one group unjustly attempts to stymie another group’s freedom of religion, expression, speech or any of the basic freedoms that United States’ citizens enjoy. The government acts as a mediator between groups to ensure that one group cannot affect the other groups in a detrimental fashion, and thus the duty of the government falls to ensure the neutrality of its policies and the precise exaction of the rights it protects for everyone within the state.
From the libertarian standpoint, government is only established in order to ensure that people cannot harm other members of the state. By protecting cultural traditions of certain minority groups the government inherently short-changes other cultural groups by not equally protecting their rights. So, it follows that the government can only step in to ensure that no one group cripples another group and to allow groups their freedoms while maintaining the freedoms of all members of the state as well. The US follows this path as a libertarian state as its duty is to the people, and not to minority groups. The “American voice” is often alluded to in slanted political discussions as of late and yet no one cultural group represented in the media makes up the drastic majority of the United States of America. The American people consist of every American citizen who all share the same rights as human beings and members of the state and it would be wrong of the US government to show favor to a select few while paying little attention to the plights of others.
The American tradition is one of freedom and equality, and our nation has always drawn back to those settings under times of stress and hardship. The American state was set up as one of ultimate personal freedom of choice, there would be no government influence on who you worshipped, who you called your friend, and thus it cannot follow that the US government could protect anything more than these ultimate freedoms. As the neutral observer and protector, the government ensures that the people maintain their freedoms without denying those of others, no more, no less. Anything more would deem an overstepping of the government outside of neutrality and favoritism would arise. Anything less would render freedoms useless if they were not enforced and protected and thus undermine the core fundamentals of the state. The United States can endeavor to help out the less-fortunate swaths of people in the United States but only as far as they do not do harm to the other members of the state. The United States cannot hope to please every single minority, every cultural group, every religious cult, but it can ensure that all of its citizens maintain their inalienable rights as declared by the United States Constitution (and Bill of Rights) with no favoritism or cultural disparities.
If the government were to start protecting individual culture’s traditions things would soon fall to chaos as the American people are not dim-witted enough not to see the favoritism presented in their protections and soon dissent would rise. The American people have always been famously hands-off in their approach to government and it remains one of the largest issues not entirely up for debate but one in which the government continually toes the line. The role of the US government is only and totally to ensure the rights of the members of the state as ensured by the Constitution and not an ounce less or more. Cultural traditions may be important to those personal cultures but they do not receive the same personal protection as individuals do under the protection of the state and therefore the US government cannot protect them. The groups are not individuals, and if the government decides to protect one set of cultural traditions and then repudiates any others, then it has involved itself in favoritism and lost its credibility to protect all members of the United States in an equal manner.