One of the first things you hear from liberals is that conservatives are “anti-government.” Consider these comments on possible government spending cuts from fake conservative David Brooks:
“[T]he Republicans are in a position politically where they have to show the country they’re mindless anti-government fanatics, they can separate good government policies from bad government policies. This is a piece of mindless anti-government fanaticism, which doesn’t separate the good from the bad. It just cuts.”
The men who drafted and signed the Declaration of Independence were certainly more radical than today’s Tea Party advocates. They wanted a complete break from the government of England.
Were the people who opposed Stalin, Hitler, Mao, and Fidel anti-government?
Conservatives are not anti-government any more than liberals are anti-government when a Republican is in power. Liberals and conservatives are anti-government in specific ways be better to say that conservatives are anti-Statists. An anti-Statist is someone who believes that civil government at the national level should be very limited.
Nearly everybody agrees that we need some form of government. Our nation is built on that premise. The founders, however, believed in a specific definition of the authority and power of government and outlined their limits in a very specific way in the Constitution.
The Tenth Amendment ensures that only granted powers are the jurisdiction of the Federal Government: “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Simple, direct, and ignored on a daily basis by Congress, the President, the Courts, and the people who vote to expand the power and authority of government to grant them political favors with other people’s money.
It’s no wonder that Benjamin Franklin stated, “In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the constitution.” Congress doesn’t like the chains of the Constitution, and neither do a majority of voters.
Hardly anyone talks about how the programs that Republicans and Democrats are fighting over are not constitutional. Every time there’s talk about cutting spending, neither side wants to cut its special interest group programs. That’s why there’s a fight. Republicans have their pet spending programs. A true conservative is against both parties in this regard.
Conservatives are anti-government when the government is doing things it ought not to do and taking our money to do them. There is no wholesale anti-government worldview operating. We’re not revolutionaries.
The thing of it is, hardly anything ever gets cut, but taxes always seem to get raised. Sometimes it’s necessary to come to a complete stop to get people’s attention. If it doesn’t happen now, when will it ever happen?
There are a number of ways to reduce spending without gutting whole unconstitutional programs. An across the board cut in programs would do the trick with no one being laid off.
“Even with $85.4 billion in cuts, the federal government will spend over $3.6 trillion this year. This is an astronomical sum.”
Can anyone claim that 2.6 percent reduction in spending is draconian? Any 10th grader taking consumer math could figure out this mess. It’s not hard at the rational level. Households and businesses make these types of cut every day.
It’s unfortunate that Republicans don’t do a good job arguing their case. That’s why so many of them need to be replaced.