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A practical governing philosophy for liberty-loving candidates in one word: Cut.
SelfAdoration.com ^ | June 7, 2012 | Greg Swann

Posted on 06/07/2012 11:06:46 AM PDT by Greg Swann

Tuesday night, celebrating the Tea Party's electoral victories, Glenn Harlan Reynolds, the Instapundit, offered up these words in the Washington Examiner:

As millions of Americans were drawn into politics for the first time, many of them learned something important: It's fun. It's fun to elect candidates, fun to win elections -- fun even to lose, sometimes, compared to staying home and shouting at the TV.
Politics is sanctified crime: Pushing innocent people around by force, usually by stealing the wealth they have earned and giving it unearned to your political allies. We have a name for people who find that kind of behavior "fun" -- sociopaths. Not letting up on the terror, Reynolds goes still further:
Once involved in politics, people tend to stick around.
Ain't that the truth?

I love it that liberty-loving candidates are running for electoral office -- with a real chance of winning. But I fear for them, too -- and for the rest of us. If we are to reduce the pestilence of government in our lives peacefully, we must shrink the leviathan state as we grew it -- incrementally. That means that we must replace the politicians seeking to enslave us with others pursuing our manumission. But government is a cloying addiction, especially if you find politics "fun."

I have many fears for liberty-seeking politicians, once they take office. For a first, power corrupts. What's the point of having a sports car if you can't push the accelerator to the red line? And once people start working together, enemies become friends. It's easy to reach casual compromises when you get to know your philosophical opponents personally. Who doesn't want to be cordial at work? And there is always the risk that earnest folks will choose to "do something" -- that is, enact more sanctified crimes -- in the face of some putative emergency.

I have a salve for those fears, though, a governing philosophy for Tea Party and libertarian politicians in one word: Cut.

If liberty-loving office-holders will focus only on eliminating government, never on growing it, nor even "reforming" it, they will be safe from the siren song of the state -- and we will be safe from them.

Cut what? Cut everything. Like this:

* Cut spending in every way possible.

* Cut taxes -- and fees and excise levies and every other form of legislated theft.

* Cut regulation for businesses and cut red tape for everyone.

* Cut occupational licensing -- criminal barriers to earning a living and creating jobs -- and cut the jobs of the bureaucrats issuing those licenses.

* Cut government staffing wholesale by eliminating entire agencies and departments -- and cut head-counts everywhere else.

* Cut government-owned real estate, vehicles and chattel property -- especially weapons to be deployed against innocent people.

The champions of universal human slavery to the state will insist that we cannot possibly cut spending and taxes. But this will be easy to do once we have eliminated so much of the government's overhead. Every government job eliminated is one less perpetual parasite feeding on the body politic: One less huffy goof-off destroying wealth all day, one less desk, one less office, one less car, one less gun -- and one less juicy benefits package costing a fortune now and millions more later.

There's more: If we can cut the burdens we have piled onto the free market, the wealth-destroying jobs we cut in government will be replaced by wealth-creating jobs instead -- not just a double benefit but a geometric boon going forward. Cutting government is the efficient cause of the phenomenon thoughtless people call an "economic miracle."

If the politicians elected by Tea Party and libertarian activists decide that politics is "fun" -- we're screwed. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. But if they focus their attentions on doing nothing but cutting away the tentacles of the leviathan state, we could be witnessing the dawning of a new golden age.

Wouldn't that be fun?


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; Philosophy; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: freedom; government; liberty; politics
There is only one peaceful way to get less government: Cut.
1 posted on 06/07/2012 11:06:58 AM PDT by Greg Swann
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To: Greg Swann

Romney won the Republican Primary Election and he is now a coin-flip from winning or losing to Obama? DUMP ROMNEY!

By the time we were “allowed” to vote in Texas, 7 of the 9 Candidates had dropped out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! STUPID Primary Election system!

But I digress.

The facts today are different from the facts in January. ONLY an OPEN Convention can realistically evaluate all the facts in a cohesive manner.

Allow me to state my case in this manner:

The IDEA is to beat Obama convincingly. Forget about your favorite politician, and focus on the IDEA of beating Obama.

The REPUBLICAN Primary Candidates have proven that NONE of THEM can fight their way out of a wet paper bag!

The REPUBLICAN Primary was merely a test run to the GENERAL NATIONAL ELECTION.

REALITY CHECK: NONE OF THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY CANDIDATES CAN BEAT OBAMA IN NOVEMBER.

Given that reality, let us learn from the lessons of History, insist that the Convention delegates vote to ABSTAIN (=None of the above), OPEN the Tampa Convention to discussion and chose the Candidate that CAN beat Obama.

Why is this so hard?

We owe NO loyalty to ANY of our Primary Candidates.

We owe NO loyalty to the Primary Election results.

We owe no loyalty to the RINO Wing of the Republican Party.

We owe loyalty ONLY to what is best for the United States of America, and that , IMHO, is to CONVINCINGLY DEFEAT OBAMA in November.

In 2008 we accepted the RINO Primary BS on McCain, shame on them.

In 2012 if we accept the RINO Primary BS on Romney, shame on us.

BTW, for all of you that consider Romney to be THE guy, just answer this question:

” What will Romney have to do to keep from being DUMPED at the Tampa Convention?”


2 posted on 06/07/2012 1:18:20 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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