Do We Need Limited Government?Posted: 12 July 2012
College of Political Knowledge
Is it a smaller government or a limited government? Which is the one that all conservs are screaming about? One day it is a smaller federal government and the next it is more limited government……which shall it be?
Let us look at limited government……by definition our government is a limited form of government…..the real definition, not some tag line in a candidate’s debate performance or some PC slogan that misinforms the voting public…..in today’s political world it is the later….for not one of these people has any idea of what is meant by “limited government”.
Limited Government is a precept of constitutionalism. It states that a government’s power over its citizens has limitations. The governmental authority is prescribed, restricted, and limited by law or by the constitution. An individual’s rights and liberties are protected against governmental power even if that power is exercised in the name of a majority of people. In a limited government, there exist minimal governmental intervention in personal liberties and the economy.
The type of federalism that we have was the founders brain child and by the very definition it is a limited government….hence the three branches….that are employed to keep this government from over extending its reach and thus keeping the size of government contained…….
What all these yahoos are yelling about is SPENDING…not necessarily the size of government….although they try to equate spending with the size….I wish that were possible I would be a well hung political historian….
We cannot call a government limited if one part accuses another of intruding into the lives of the citizens while they are intruding into the lives of citizens……it is that simple. One cannot oppose the government for imposing ….say health care and at the same time you propose to keep women from their personal decisions…..and then call yourself a warrior for a more limited government….sorry….. just not kosher.