Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Arlington, Texas
The majority of liberals are political lemmings that, like yourself, are too naïve to see the strings being pulled by the puppet masters. Have you ever stopped to consider exactly what is the ‘end game’ envisioned by the left? Do you really think that welfare is designed to lift people out of poverty? Do you really believe that Social Security is an effective utilization of your retirement dollars? Do you really think that a national health care program will result in a better standard of health for all Americans? Do you really believe that socialism is compatible with the constitution?
Conservatives are naturally suspicious of government. Conservatives believe that man is sinful and that governments exist to restrain men.
“But what is government itself but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government of men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”
James Madison, Federalist 51, 1787-88.
Indeed our Constitution is testimony to the ‘conservative’ nature of our fore-fathers who having experienced tyranny wished to devise institutions that could somehow constrain the sinfulness of individuals and institutions.
Because of this distrustful disposition towards the nature of man conservatives place little faith in the savior of ‘big government’. The recognition that “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” steers conservatives away from a strong central authority and its resulting infringements on the rights of the individual.
“When we got organized as a country and we wrote a fairly radical Constitution with a radical Bill of Rights, giving a radical amount of individual freedom to Americans, it was assumed that the Americans who had that freedom would use it responsibly ... [Now] there's a lot of irresponsibility. And so a lot of people say there's too much freedom. When personal freedom's being abused, you have to move to limit it.”
The unfortunate reality is that the expansion of the liberal state means that government has spiraled out of control – bankrupting our future while the slender fingers of tyranny choke our personal freedoms. Since President Johnson declared a “War on Poverty” the federal government, and its waste and abuses of power, has been growing in leaps and bounds.