Days of Change

An Idea Too Powerful

August 17, 2015

Today, I was listening to another debate about the size of government and laws piled on top of laws when many of them aren’t followed anyway. Something important occurred to me. This is bigger than one person. The solutions to the problems in the government lie with all of us, but more importantly, with the people we elect. When the Tea Party rose in 2009, they knew a presidential election was years away. Instead, they put their efforts into local races and Congressional races. They won big.

Democrats are geared to win in big cities, some states and in a national election. They want legislators as a rubber stamp for a central government. The imperial presidency is the perfect tool to do what they want with only the impossible threshold of a veto override to stop it. The problem with Republicans is that they only saw the gains in 2010 (and even 2014) as a stepping stone to getting the presidency back. They don’t want to make bold moves, because it may take away their chances at central control.

This is something else that worries me about Donald Trump. He tells us all the things he thinks and he wants to do. I think too many of his supporters think that a “good” version of Obama will be the solution. Trump is not the great and powerful Oz. Unfortunately, the voters like the authoritarian, be it Trump, Ross Perot, or Teddy Roosevelt running against the Republicans as a Progressive over a century earlier.

I’m voting for the Republican nominee. What I want, however, is to have enough Republican candidates in lower offices so I am not forced to choose a RINO or a Democrat. Small government is not only the back bench for future higher office, it is also the backbone of that regulatory state we all criticize. One man isn’t going to fix that.


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