Man can govern himself. He has to do it it carefully and sparingly. It is outside of the ministrations of government that he develops character and self-discipline. The less he is governed from without, the better he does in terms of work, saving, providing for himself and his family, using ingenuity, showing compassion to those in distress, and uniting with his fellows in the community to make it better.
Will everyone do exactly this, and in exactly the way each and every one of us would like, if the burden of government is light? Of course not. But the great majority of people will perform admirably, and will be free to help those who don’t. The Framers believed that, and so do I. And if America’s history demonstrates anything, it is that we are right.
The Framers’ solution is the correct one: have less government. Walk back from it step by step, if necessary. Protect the vulnerable who would be hurt if it were done carelessly (e.g., seniors relying on the entitlement programs). But get it done. This, right here, is the argument we need to be having. The answer is right before the noses of the American people. But we do need “conservatives” who know how to frame the question. J.E.Dyer/HotAir.com