The Weight of Government


Lately, this designated conservative has been ruminating on the weight of:

…Politics:

The Conductor’s Podium as Political Platform

By Jay Nordlinger

One reason I became a conservative, many years ago, is that the Left in my hometown — Ann Arbor, Mich. — insisted on politicizing everything. There was never any respite from politics. There was no “safe zone.” Politics was infused into everything — and it was one kind of politics, of course: Left.

This sort of “creeped me out,”… (more)

…Burdensome Regulations:

Washington toy story shows why regulation helps big guys

By Timothy P. Carney Examiner Columnist

Thousands of self-employed businessmen, artists, and boutique owners who make or deal in hand-crafted children’s toys, clothes, or furniture could be out of work next month. A 2008 federal law, with the salutary-sounding name “Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act,” could drive these craftsmen out of business….  (more)

…Radical Islam:

Enough of Radical Islam

by Ben Shapiro

Enough with the pseudonyms. Western civilization isn’t at war with terrorism any more than it is at war with grenades. Western civilization is at war with militant Islam, which dominates Muslim communities all over the world…

Enough with the psychoanalysis. They don’t hate us because of Israel. They don’t hate us because of Kashmir. They don’t hate us because we have troops in Saudi Arabia or because we deposed Saddam Hussein. They don’t hate us because of Britney Spears. … (more)

…Losing Someone You (mostly) Trusted:

A Heartfelt Thank You To George & Laura Bush

http://www.thankgeorgebush.com/

This site gives everyone a chance to thank George Bush for his 8 years in service.  Not everyone will agree with everything the president did, but I think everyone can be thankful for his humanitarian work and for keeping us safe everyday since Sept 11, 2001.

Bono on Bush about AIDS: “There will be few things that he will do in his administration that will touch more lives.” …  (more)

…Dumbing Down Public Education in the USA:

Christians called to abandon public education

WorldNetDaily

You’ve heard all about the disputes: “Silent Night” banned at the “holiday” program, artistic references to the Bible censored and faith-inclusive children’s programs facing discrimination.

Now some people are fed up with public school treatment of Christianity and have launched a campaign calling for a rescue of kids from government education programs… (more)

…and Bloated Government:

The Weight of Government

By Christopher Chantrill

How was it that…the Republican Congress of 2001-2006 could have so increased the weight of government on the backs of the American people — including that most shameful spending of all, earmarks?

The answer is simple.  Republican politicians know that the American people don’t really want to cut government.  …

… A century of progressive politics has accustomed ordinary people to the vast powers of the state, and now most people cannot imagine a life that is not rigorously controlled by the political sector.

Conservatives are different.

  • Our belief system is founded upon a vision of society with limited government and limited powers.
  • We understand that this is only possible in a society where the power of the political sector is checked and balanced by equally powerful economic and moral/cultural sectors.
  • Conservatives ask citizens to live a life of faith and trust.  Conservatives say: put not your trust in princes, but in the love of God.
  • Conservatives say: get yourself a skill and then offer it to the world.  Trust that the world will value your skills and offer a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.
  • Conservatives say: give to the world. Give to your spouse, your family, your neighborhood, your city, and the world will give back.

Why in the world would anyone believe stuff like that? … (more)

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