After the Democrats won the presidency and large majorities in the House and Senate in 2008, I watched as they (predictably) went all in for Big Government, expanding their power as fast as they could, stealing freedom after freedom from We the People. Congress continues to cede its authority to the Executive Branch in the form of regulatory bodies, such as the EPA, the Department of Health & Human Services, or the IRS (FairTax, anyone?). And everyday liberals either argued the case for this Big Government surge or remained silent. After all, the people they trusted were running the show, so they were comfortable letting elected Democrats do whatever they wanted.
But I don’t think most of them have thought through the long-term implications of all this.
For the moment, let’s ignore the endless evidence that Big-Government runs nothing well and pretend that it actually can successfully manage an economy, administer free and abundant health care for all, and help people live fulfilling lives, all while healing Mother Earth. And let’s say that the Left ultimately has its way and we end up with the Federal Government managing every aspect of our economy and our lives. For example, imagine that we eventually adopt a universal single-payer health care system—as President Obama has openly stated is his goal—empowering government officials to decide who receives health care, when, and how.
To my liberal friends, I ask, How will you feel about the joys of government-run health care when conservatives win control of the government? What if Sarah Palin is your next president and oversees the Department of Health & Human Services? Will you be comfortable with the amount of power she will now wield because of your support for “benevolent” Big Government?
I won’t either.
I’d like to see an e-book from Voices of the Tea Party that details the most egregious expansions of government in recent years and demonstrates why the Founders labored so hard to implement a Federal Government with limited and decentralized power and extensive checks and balances. Granted, it will be hard to pitch a Tea Party book to liberals, but if we approach it from the standpoint that we are their strongest allies, guardians of their freedoms, asking the questions that they themselves should be asking—and many did ask when George W. Bush was president—perhaps they’ll be willing to listen.
It’s worth a shot, right?
Jon Wakefield is a leader of the Richmond, Virginia Tea Party.