September 21, 2015

I'm So Conservative That I'm a Radical

Mainstream conservatives are usually busy fighting a losing battle to undo a few recent progressive, big-government programs. They want to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a slightly less objectionable form of government intervention into the healthcare market. They want to reign in the IRS, perhaps institute a flat tax. Basically, they want big government, just not quite that big.

When you start talking about drastically reducing the size of government, then you're a radical. Close the Fed. Open the Borders. End the Drug War. No more welfare (including corporate bailouts, farm subsidies, social security, and all refundable tax credits). End all foreign aid. Close all foreign military bases. Repeal the income tax. End occupational licensing. Shut down the EPA, FDA, NSA, etc. These positions are all considered beyond the pale in contemporary political discourse.

What most don't realize is this: implementing all these so-called radical ideas would simply turn the clock back. We're not talking about anarchy here. We're talking about reducing the federal government to the size it was around 1900. We're talking about bringing back the real America. You know, the land of the free. America as it was before big-government progressives like Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and FDR* turned the American republic into the American empire. What's so radical about that?

*All of the following either began or dramatically escalated under the watch of one of these three:
  • imperialistic foreign policy
  • the creation of the Federal Reserve
  • crony capitalism
  • price controls
  • the income tax
  • the creation of the welfare state
  • the passage of the Espionage act
  • unnecessary entry into World War I

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