Mainstream Democrats want the U.S. Government to be bigger, more-intrusive, more-controlling, and more-expensive in order to pursue the progressive-liberal agenda of transferring wealth from those who produce to those who don’t. They seek equality of outcomes for all the little people, defined as those who are not progressives/liberals, i.e., the highly-educated experts who govern what everyone else is, does, and chooses. These folks will be above-equal.
Mainstream Republicans want the U.S. Government to be bigger and more-expensive, albeit not necessarily more-controlling and more-intrusive in support of the military-industrial complex about which Dwight Eisenhower warned, and big agriculture. Given that Mainstream Democrats eschew bullets in favor of butter, it seems that all arguments and negotiations between the two are about subsidizing the so-called “poor” with welfare programs versus crony-fascist-one-hand-washes-the-other-quid-pro-quo relationships with corporate war makers and corporate growers.
The mainstreams of both parties are by their actions anti-individual-sovereignty and anti-liberty. Both mainstreams also are addicted to both personal power and spending money, other people’s money. In addition, Mainstream Democrats are also anti-property-rights.
On both sides members who toe the Party line are rewarded by leadership with bigger staffs, K-Street-lobbyist campaign fundraisers. If they’re been “loyal” and “good”, even if they lose an election, they’ll find a safety net in place as an “adviser” or “consultant” or lobbyist or judge.
Recently, something encouraging to a liberty-loving-non-statist like me happened. The Republican Study Committee – a conservative faction within the GOP – changed leaders, and he dumped long-time executive director, Paul Teller. Teller had been found to be having discussions with both Tea Party Patriots and Heritage Action. To mainstreamers as well as their media that’s heretical. That’s SOP. What was encouraging is that Teller found a safety net. He was hired as deputy chief of staff by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
My encouragement was almost-immediately snuffed, however, when Cruz decided to stay hands-off in all 2014 GOP primaries, so not helping other non-mainstreamers against mainstream incumbents. In my almost-always-humble opinion, gutless and sell-out. Cruz filibustered allegedly to get mainstream legislators to listen to the American people, then went and put on earphones which cancel out the American people and hear only the GOP Establishment.
If all people were angels, there’d be no need for government. If all people in and of government were angels, there’d be no need for strict limits on government. Sadly, government is a magnet for non-angels. Further, what has transpired as those in the U.S. Government have trashed constitutional limits is that the #1 lobbyist of the U.S. Government is the U.S. Government. The Civil Service System and government-employee unions dominate. The #1 enemy of the USAF is the U.S. Army. The #1 enemy of Infantry is Armor. The biggest military battles of each year are fought in the House Ways & Means Committee. Legislative “earmarks” are legislator lobbying, and one hand washes the other, all at the expense of We the People.
Greed, when exercising liberty, is aka “enlightened-self-interest,” and is both good and moral. Greed, when exercising license – i.e., infringing on the natural rights of others – is bad and immoral. Tea Party Patriots and Heritage Action, et al, advocate and champion the former. Lobbyists, whether inside or outside of government, advocate, champion, and do the latter.
The U.S. Supreme Court was correct when in a majority ruling it asserted that the federal government has authority to tax. It was wrong – horribly wrong – when it failed to enumerate the constitutional purposes for which said tax could be used. Taxing some Americans to redistribute all or even any of the funds raised to other Americans or even non-Americans for that matter is per Article 1 Section 8 clearly unconstitutional in addition to being immoral. It would be so even if it could be demonstrably shown that the recipients of the largesse or even society as a whole benefited. Robbery is robbery, regardless of the thief, and regardless of the purpose of the theft. Even atop that, however, it can and has been demonstrably shown that both the recipients and society are harmed by the process.
Greed, when exercising liberty, is fairly and freely competing in free markets. Greed, when exercising license, is colluding to avoid competing, and only the presence of government can make that work. The Wagner Act of 1935 must be repealed, thus restoring both liberty and the Sherman Act of 1890 to the relationship between employers and employees. More than 80% of what the U.S. Government is, does, and spends must be dismantled in order to restore universal unalienable individual natural rights, the rule of law versus the rule of thugs and plunderers. Then, and only then, can truth and morality have a chance to thrive.