Government has a basic, wholly acknowledged role in providing for the safety and security of its citizens – freedom from fear. Likewise, under our constitution, all citizens are granted freedom of religion. In addition, people desire freedom from basic wants (food, clean water, sanitation, health care, shelter, etc.). Government plays a role in providing these needs.
Government also plays a significant role in human rights and voter rights issues to assure equality and justice for all – freedom from discrimination and unwarranted incarceration, and choice of spouse.
On the other hand, as an enlightened nation, government should not impinge on the freedom of individuals to engage in such matters as drug use or sexual behavior except as may be necessary for the protection of minors.