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What is limited government?
The answer supplied by Republicans for the past several decades has been â€œlower taxes, balanced budgets, and less government spending.â€ These are all wonderful ideas, although Republicans have hardly put them into practice when given the reins of power. Afterwards, their supporters have chastised them for â€œnot being true conservatives,â€ although Iâ€™m not sure that the conservative movement has ever really been about â€œsmall government.â€ In any case, the fundamental assumption underlying conservative rhetoric is that the limits of government are quantitative. One is led to believe that if the government would only spend less on health care, education, stimulus packages, and other programs (excluding the military, of course), that freedom, peace, and prosperity would be just around the corner.
However, limited government has nothing to do with how much money government spends, but rather what government is allowed to spend money on. Restoring freedom and constitutional government depends not just upon cutting taxes, but redefining what services government can legitimately tax its citizens to underwrite. At one time in America, there was a clear and unambiguous answer to that question: taxation was limited to underwriting the defense of life, liberty, and property.
Politicians have to mince words in order to keep fragile constituencies together, so they rarely make unambiguous statements. When one faction among their supporters opposes a new government health care program, they cannot agree on principle and say that government should have no role in providing health care. This would alienate another faction among their supporters that are currently benefitting from an already well-established government health care program. So, the politician uses words like â€œsensibleâ€ and â€œmarket-drivenâ€ in order to attack his opponentâ€™s program without acknowledging the principle that it violates whether administered â€œsensiblyâ€ or not.
Truly limited government can only mean one thing: enforcing the non-aggression principle, known to our founders as â€œthe law of nature.â€ Jefferson said that no man has the right to commit aggrPost too long. Click here to view the full text.