Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Don't Start Believing

Trust in government is low but partisan, according to Gallup:

Almost half of Americans, 49%, say the federal government poses "an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens," similar to what was found in previous surveys conducted over the last five years. When this question was first asked in 2003, less than a third of Americans held this attitude.

The key thing to me is that, under Bush, mistrust was higher among Democrats while the percentage shifted when Obama took office.  Republicans are now the ones more likely to be wary of the power of the federal government. 

What I sincerely hope is that, having found my skepticism and cynicism toward government in general growing into an outright antipathy, I would "cling" to it still should "my party" be victorious in the next election cycle.  What I am seeing as regards the Republican-controlled House and Senate leads me to believe that my mistrust of the motives of all politicians will remain quite healthy for the foreseeable future. 

Government is bad.  There is no such thing as good government, only smaller, less powerful, less obtrusive government.  Keep it small and weak and it lacks the power to do serious damage.  We are in the mess we are in globally because too many people were far too trusting of central governments and their quest for power.

Republicans have ceased to be the small-government party; therefore, I have parted ways with the GOP.  Democrats are big-government advocates, and the debates have become about social issues that are none of the government's business in the first place.  It's a neat trick they have pulled such that Republicans can take a stand against Muslims and trannies while Democrats support them and keep the voters stirred up over non-issues.  Meanwhile the bi-partisan debt and the bi-partisan bureaucracies with their regulatory tyranny grows every day while we are fascinated by shiny objects on the news.  

The asteroid strike looks like our best chance at this point.


  1. The Government should limit itself to 'doing no harm'. As soon as politicians engaged in 'doing good' the clock began ticking on western civilisation.