This is the ideology often espoused by the republican party, that the government is a useless bureaucratic pile of dogshit that not only can’t, but shouldn’t even try to solve big problems. The fact is though that it is mainly this self-serving, self-fulfilling ideology of politicians that makes the government useless. The government that put a man on the moon in ten years isn’t useless. The government that helped eradicated smallpox and keeps basically every deadly disease from AIDS to malaria from taking root on our shores despite constant travel to and from places where it spreads like the plague isn’t useless. The government that essentially invented everything from the internet to the microwave oven isn’t useless.
But the ones republicans have spent decades un-building for us is useless.
Imagine you owned a store and were hiring people to manage it’s day to day affairs and a candidate for store manager came in and you asked him why he should get the job. If he answered “Well I believe stores should really just run themselves, I mean how can a manager be expected to address problems that come up in a big store?”, would you give him the job?
So then why in the world would you give a politician a government job when he campaigns on a platform of “vote for me, and I’m against addressing any of your problems or helping you in any way”? Republicans get re-elected by saying “I’m going to give the power and the money back to you and cut spending and give you a fat, juicy tax cut”. Then they borrow another trillion from china and give you a few hundred bucks of it while increasing spending, basically slitting your throat economically. And they get re-elected because people think they’re helping them.
They campaign on and actually have people believing that the government shouldn’t help people, and pretend that this is some hallowed view of our founding fathers. I’m a godless liberal atheist and my definition of the role of government comes from abraham lincoln:
“The legitimate object
of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to
have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for
themselves in their separate, and individual capacities. In all that the
people can individually do as well for themselves, government ought not
to interfere. The desirable things which the individuals of a people can
not do, or can not well do, for themselves, fall into two classes:
those which have relation to wrongs, and those which have not. Each of
these branch off into an infinite variety of subdivisions. The first that
in relation to wrongs embraces all crimes, misdemeanors, and
nonperformance of contracts. The other embraces all which, in its
nature, and without wrong, requires combined action, as public roads and
highways, public schools, charities, pauperism, orphanage, estates of
the deceased, and the machinery of government itself. From this it
appears that if all men were just, there still would be some, though not
so much, need for government.”
But modern republicans act like we’re still in the 1950’s and promote the “red scare” ideology that if the government provides a service for people that makes us all commies. In reality if the government abolishes the right to own private property altogether that is communism. Taxes are not communism, having a government that does more than blow up foreigners is not communism. It’s america. And “big government”? Give me a break. We’re a nation of 300 million people, any government that provides any services is going to be pretty damn big. They use fear tactics to try to scare you into voting for them.
The above quote is actually from gerald ford and dates back to the 70’s, not the 1700’s.