Source: The New Democrat
Keep in mind, this video is from The John Birch Society, which is sort of like The National Enquirer or The Star when it comes to political and governmental news. Not exactly award winning when it comes to news, because they tend to be made of antigovernment Libertarians and Far-Right conspiratorial Nationalists, who believe the 9/11 attacks were made up or an inside job, the CIA murdered President John F. Kennedy, etc, not exactly people with a good deal of judgement and perhaps even honesty.
Having said all of that the speaker in this video ( whoever she is ) did make some good points about big government and the solutions to big government. I don’t agree with her that current makeup of the U.S. Government is unconstitutional, misplaced and at least in some areas doing too much and overwhelmed and doing things that should be left up to the states, sure! But that’s different from being constitutional or unconstitutional.
If you want to get rid of big government, you should at least know what it is. And I know what you’re thinking, that sounds like some crazy commonsense that anyone with half of a brain could understand. But the two words big and government get thrown out a lot by people who think they know what they mean together, but in a lot of cases don’t know what big government is and believe in a form of big government themselves and perhaps aren’t even aware of that. So, before you bash big government, make sure you know what you’re bashing. Which sounds as crazy as making sure your parachute works before you jump out of an airplane 20,000 feet in the air. But try it and you might see the benefits from that of actually knowing what you’re talking about before you actually talk about it.
According to Wikipedia
“Big government is a term used to describe a government or public sector that is excessively large and unconstitutionally involved in certain areas of public policy or the private sector. The term may also be used specifically in relation to government policies that attempt to regulate matters considered to be private or personal, such as private sexual behavior or individual food choices. The term has also been used in the context of the United States to define a dominant federal government that seeks to control the authority of local institutions—an example being the overriding of state authority in favor of federal legislation.”
Big government is not just government that’s too big, because why is it too big in the first place, because it does too much and has too much authority in areas that should be left up to the states or localities, private sector, or involved in areas where it has no business being involved in, in the first place.
Like telling consensual adults who they can sleep it or live with.
Regulate how people communicate with each other because they’re worried about people being offended.
Telling consensual adults who they can marry.
Or trying to prevent people from a certain religion from even entering the United States.
Telling people where they can get their health care and health insurance.
Taxing people to the point where it makes it hard for them to run their business or even pay their bills on their own, because their taxes are too damn high. ( Pun intended )
These are all examples of big government which is government either doing too much or being involved in areas where no level of government should be involved in the first place like being involved in free adults private affairs and lives.
So, now that we know what big government looks like let’s then look at how we get it and can get more of it. The easy answer to that and something that a layman might say would be that big government comes from our politicians and the government itself. Well, that would be partially true, but that would be like saying food comes from the grocery stores, but without farms growing and producing the food that we eat, the grocery stores wouldn’t have food to sell at all.
Big government doesn’t come from our politicians and government officials, but where do they come from? To paraphrase the great political satirist George Carlin, they didn’t just suddenly appear from Mars or the Moon, they came from the communities and states that elected them. In order words big government comes from the people who vote for the politicians who support big government and then back it while they’re in office. If a solid majority of people in a community, state or country wants big government, then that’s exactly what the people will get in a representative democracy, at least until it gets thrown out by the U.S. Supreme Court.
So, if you don’t like big government and don’t want it, I have another commonsense solution for you which might give you more reason to believe that I’m not only crazy but have my very own mental institution or at least ward that was built just for me and others who also believe in commonsense. If you don’t want or like big government, don’t support it, don’t vote for it, and campaign against it. Know the people you’re considering for public office before you actually vote for them. ( Another commonsense solution )
No more blind voting and vote for people that share your political and national values, instead of voting for people who you think sound cool or look hip. Vote for people who actually represent your values and if that means you believe in individual freedom and free choice and you do your homework, you’re going to vote for people who believe in those things as well and against big government. And as a result you’ll get less big government in the process.