Should the government take a role in promoting certain moral attitudes? When the United States made Matin Luther King Day a holiday, it (intentionally) endorses the moral attitudes Martin Luther King dedicated himself to. These may be admirable attitudes, but it seems to me that citizens should project their attitudes onto the government, not the other way around. Has anyone written on this topic?
But if citizens project their attitudes onto the government, won't that amount to electing legislators who favor certain policies? And won't that likely result in the passage of laws that favor certain points of view and mesh with certain attitudes? And by the way, would MLK day have been made a holiday if there hadn't been broad public support for doing just that?