Since recorded history liberty and freedom have flourished or perished because of government's size over the governed. The economic welfare of the subjects grew to tremendous greatness because of timid interferences by governments.
We started off our new journey of independence that way, didn't we?
We drifted from our sworn compact to be governed by the Rule of Law to being a democracy. It wasn't long before the masses realized that they could use their new government as the "change agent" to provide them with the 'things' and specific interests they felt they wanted by having their fellow countrymen pay or assume a national debt to accommodate them, the renting class. The more we demanded, the greater government grew at all tiered levels, federal to local. Education, Wars, Healthcare, Retirement, Housing, Food, etc.; we want it and we demand it!
So, what happens now when the subsidized classes have gone so far as to have tapped out the piggy bank? The signs are all around us. Those workers and businesses that had been paying for the shirkers' fineries have lost their jobs, and closed their factory doors. There are fewer and fewer hammers pounding the anvils in America today. Sadly, even most still clamor for the government to do something - - like create a job for them. The unemployed are now a special interest for government largesse.
The Gimee class of shirkers now have their own political favorites clamoring for total control by government - at the federal level. To make everyone whole again, of course.
You know, I'm sure, friends and family members that belong to both elements. We have been nudged into class warfare amongst ourselves when the real war should be against the oppressive size of government.
A clash between these classes will determine our futures. Prodded on by those who will profit by greater government, all electioneering for a larger government.
When campaigning politicians come to my door looking for my vote and promising me "better, more efficient government" [today, it's "transparency"], my response will always be, "Why not smaller government?" The puzzled expression still on their face, I shut the door. No thank you.
Ever since I heard former congressman Larry McDonald (D-GA) speak 30+ years ago, I have never forgotten his explanation on the "Political Spectrum on the Quantity of Government".
Here it is, emblaze this image below in your mind. It is devoid of political party nonsense and enables you to understand yourself and what your future may bring.
One thing that could have been an impediment on government's growth would have been a sound, no-debt money. Although the Alexander Hamilton monarchists and those central banking mercantilists since then finally succeeded with their dream of a private debt-money issuing central bank, it doesn't mean we have to keep on losing our liberties.
Hard times ahead...most likely. But, isn't digging a ditch for sound money preferable to digging one with OSHA looking over you?
As for me, I'll choose Americanism. How I get there, is still being determined. Until then, one blog post at a time is the only method I know.