"Men did not make the earth ... it is the value of the improvement only, and not the earth itself, that is individual property... Every proprietor owes to the community a ground rent for the land which he holds." -- Thomas Paine, Agrarian Justice
I am a "small government" person. My plan of action in achieving this is by teaching kids the value of individual liberty and free market capitalism and letting nature take its course. They will see that big government is anathema to liberty and that government can only grow over liberty. It doesn't require a rebellion.Let me ask you this, are you for a "small" government? If yes, how do you think you are going to be able to achieve that without a fight? Because that ship has long sailed away. If you are for a large government, then I can see where you would applaud the efforts to downplay civil disobedience.
"Small Government" is a colloquialism for limited federal government. A Colorado school board is not the target of "small government" conservatives. States and local school boards can write whatever curriculum they want without running afoul of "small government" conservatives. And when a "small government" conservative objects to the actions of a state or local policy, they will seek state or local redress rather than a federal law prohibiting the state or local action. There are, however, "big government" cultural conservatives who seek federal redress to local issues, but they aren't small government conservatives (even if they say so come election time).Which is why I really don't get why conservatives have this platform of small government yet want to write history books that teach the opposite of that happening. Maybe as a conservative you can help me understand?
So, "small government" conservatives support a federalist form of government with the federal government having a limited number of specific duties (maintaining an army, defending the borders) with the bulk of government charges falling on the states to administer as they individually see fit.
In short, think of "small government" conservatism as applying anti-monopoly sensibilities to national governance.
Last edited by jmotivator; 09-24-14 at 11:44 AM.
Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish and he stops voting for the Free Fish party.
You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo
Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville