Government is good when limited. Government is progressively more harmful and dangerous as it expands.
“You’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They warn that tyranny is always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices.” (President Obama, May 5, 2013, Ohio State University Commencement Address).
No, Mr. President, most of us who oppose you don’t advocate the elimination of government, we believe in limiting its size and role. And yes Mr. President, tyranny is lurking around the corner. In fact, it has shown itself to us in spades over the last 12 months, and it is a frightening sight to those who would extrapolate where it will lead us a decade into the future. A government that takes over, essentially by fiat and the votes of a single party against the desires of more than half the population, more than 20% of the economy is indeed tyrannical. So is a government that, just prior to an election, weaves an elaborate lie and stubbornly sticks to that lie even during funerals when an ambassador is killed in a foreign land. So is a government that uses it’s most powerful non-military agency to silence critics, to delay, audit, and harass both organizations and individuals that seek to express themselves against that tyrannical government. And tyrannical is a government when it’s top law enforcement officer perjures himself twice before Congress, at least once earning a contempt of Congress citation (for lying about Fast and Furious, approved by 17 Democrats) with another likely on the way (for lying about his knowledge of the illegal search of reporter James Rosen’s emails and phone records).
Yes, this is a tyrannical government. If it wasn’t, would I be concerned about the recent revelation that Obama has expanded the Bush era surveillance programs? No, I would not. President Bush didn’t believe government was the core of our success and future, and under him it was limited in size and principle. But under an administration that believes it knows more than the people it is supposed to serve, that it can tell a once-free people what is right and wrong on almost every issue (including drink sizes, light bulbs, and access to birth control for our 10 year olds), that can greatly expand it’s role and the world will be a better place, tyranny grows. Should we trust the Obama government with metadata on ourselves when we know it lies to search reporter’s records, when it sics the IRS onto conservative groups and individuals, and lies about major international events?
We would be fools to trust this government with such information. Bring in a reasonable person who just woke up from 5 years of sleep and present this context to them: “A government that has done a, b, c, and d in the last 5 years now is revealed to be collecting billions of pieces of data on Americans. Do you trust that government with this data?”. The answer is obvious.
I end with this quote from Thomas Jefferson:
“When governments fear the people there is liberty. When the people fear the government there is tyranny.”