Kerry says, "The ethical test of a good society is how it treats its most vulnerable members." True. But Kerry -- as a typical liberal -- equates "society" with "government". He sees government as a parent-surrogate, upon which we depend for food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and psychological satisfaction. He has no conception of government as a "night watchman" -- a neutral protector who defends us from predators so that we may advance beyond dependency and fulfill our potential.