Liberals are statists. They think that in order for the state to grow, the individual must shrink. How stupid can you be?
In preparing to write this article, I wanted to see the definition of liberal. This turned out difficult to narrow down:
- Social Liberalism
- Liberal Socialism
- Classical Liberalism
- Social Democracy
- Modern Liberalism in the United States
Eventually, I found a definition that matches how one would describe a liberal today:
An advocate of a political system in which the state has substantial centralized control over social and economic affairs.
Liberals want free health care, free college tuition, increased regulation, higher taxes, expanded welfare budgets, increased government organizations, and so on.
The definition that matches the description of a liberal happens to be the definition of statist!
Liberals are Statists
Statists, i.e., liberals, want government to control social and economic affairs (as opposed to private industry).
You might associate statism with communism, fascism, and socialism — and that would be correct. Each of these political ideologies believe that in order for the state to grow, the individual must shrink:
Whatever you own, build, earn or imagine must be shared with everyone.
The centrally run nation is more important than the individual.
Whatever you own, build, earn or imagine must be shared with everyone.
Hundreds of years ago, people fled communism, dictatorships and Kings and Queens that robbed them of their liberty.
They fled to America to enjoy a life of autonomy.
But the good times didn’t last.
The wrong people rose to power and the story of what America stands for, FREEDOM, got lost.
Let’s hope it’s not lost forever….
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Big Government vs Small Government
Liberals, democrats, communists, progressives and socialists support big government.
Their core belief is that government should collect money from citizens and redistribute it to other citizens.
In other words, they think the government can spend your money better than you can.
Wealth distribution is framed as “fair” and “helping the poor.”
If you philosophically disagree with wealth distribution or you question its’ effectiveness, then you are racist and hate poor people.
But if the government is horrible at managing money, why would I trust them to redistribute it wisely?
Just about every government organization — homeless shelters, public schools, child welfare services, etc. — claim they are short on funds.
The government has an annual budget of $4 trillion dollars but not enough to help the homeless?
Liberals are stupid because they take the government’s word for it.
Oh! Okay, well if you don’t have enough money, then sure, raise our taxes because helping the homeless is important.
Don’t be stupid like them.
Instead, think critically about the federal budget and review where the money is going and how much is being wasted or spent on backdoor deals.
Giving more to the government will absolutely not result in better public services.
Liberals are so stupid.
Here’s another fact.
Even if the government convinces liberals to raise taxes to “help the poor,” that money is earmarked in advance and will not go towards helping the poor. It will go to:
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Health insurance companies
- Military Industrial Complex
- Wall Street
- Lawyers. Lots and lots of lawyers
Do liberals actually think politicians will follow through on the issues they campaign on?
Do they not know that ALL politicians are at the mercy of corporate money, lobbyists and interest groups?
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What is a Limited Government?
Up until World War II, hospitals, universities, homeless shelters, soup kitchens and orphanages in America were founded and run by religious organizations.
However, when the federal income tax was passed in the 1930’s, Americans’ paychecks got smaller and they donated less to their local churches and charities.
As soon as that extra money started going to the federal government, instead of local charitable organizations, the public services for the needy completely dried up.
So what is limited government?
Limited government is collecting fewer taxes and providing fewer public services. This is better than giving the government more in taxes, in hopes of public services.
Today Americans pay ~30% of their income in taxes. Plus sales tax. Plus property tax. And all the other taxes.
What services do you get in exchange for paying taxes? Do you get health insurance? Quality education? Social Security? Amazing roads and bridges? Top notch postal service?
Nothing. You get nothing in exchange for the taxes you pay.
Republicans do not support limited government (despite what they say). So if Republicans and Democrats both support Big Government, why don’t they get along?
Democrats hate Republicans mostly because Republicans don’t support gay marriage, legalizing drugs, abortion, and so on.
However, if you use critical thinking, a Republican who votes against gay marriage (or abortion, etc.) is only possible in a Big Government world.
In other words, it is SO STUPID for liberals to support expanding government and then complain when that same government has an opinion.
The solution is to reduce government and their control over our lives as much as fucking possible.
What Does Individual Freedom Mean?
It is possible that supporters of Big Government don’t grasp the concept of individual freedom.
They might think that what’s good for the nation is good for the individual. After all, this is what they have been brainwashed to think.
Here’s an example: We’ve been told that economic stimulus as good for the economy because people will take out more loans to buy homes, cars, etc.
The reality is that economic stimulus destroys the value of the dollar, and low interest rates encourage folks to go into debt.
Money gives us options in life. We can think creatively, align with our souls, express our passions.
Heck, we might even have time to help the homeless!
But free people are harder to control, so the government is doing everything in its power to keep you broke. They caused the student loan crisis. They support Wall Street. And of course they are destroying the dollar.
Money is freedom and Big Government wants to take your money.
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Big Government Replaces Independent Thought
In a statist system the individual is reduced in status. He has less control over his finances, his occupation, his security, his future, and increasingly these days, his thoughts.
The end result is a disempowered individual:
- Stagnant wages
- Student loan debt
- Under Employment
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Broken families
- Rising crime
- Political disillusionment/detachment
- Increase in poverty
- Social isolation
- Addiction to entertainment and the social media (as a means of escape from an unpleasant reality)
None of this bodes well for the individual.
A nation of empowered individuals is a prosperous, engaged, and emotionally healthy country.
A nation of disempowered individuals is a sick nation, speeding toward decline.
Liberals are stupid because they haven’t thought through the consequences of Big Government.
If you hate the government so much, why are you constantly voting for it to be bigger?
There is a religious belief that this candidate or that one will save the nation from its troubles.
However, both parties – and virtually all candidates – are advancing the platform of statism. They believe that the state must grow and you the individual must shrink.
No amount of money spent thus far has eliminated poverty, disease, addiction, crime, or social isolation. That has to happen at the individual level, and it can only happen when the individual is empowered.