The best purpose for government is to maintain the rule of law—to preserve and defend those conditions which allow individuals and families to pursue lives of freedom and virtue. Thus, we have the need for laws against such things as murder, theft, and fraud. The problem occurs when the rules begin to violate, rather than protect, our rights to life, liberty, and property. Bad regulations can be truly harmful. They can cost us our time, our money, our freedom, and our dignity. In some cases, they can even cost us our health, our safety, and our lives.