[T]he moral test of a government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life—the children; the twilight of life—the elderly; and the shadows of life—the sick, the needy, and the handicapped.
Hubert H. Humphrey, at the 1977 dedication of the Health and Human Services Building*
This is not a universal truth. It is not what everyone thinks government should do. But it is what I think government should do.
Similarly, there a many reasons why one could think this way, including personal revelation. But, the reason I think this should be the role of government is that I am a Christian.
* I hate to quote people without authority. I couldn’t find a speech transcript from 1977, but if Donna Shalala says he said it, that is good enough for me.