Friday, November 11, 2005

Small Government?

I've been watching West Wing episodes on DVD. Cool quote: You Republicans like small government, so small it fits into my bedroom.

They were talking about gay marriage at the time, but it applies to almost everything on the Republican agenda. Definition of ideal government according to Republicans: A government which favors the rich and big business at the expense of social programs like feeding the poor, helping the disadvantaged and taking care of those who cannot take care of themselves. Spend as much as you want and cut taxes as much as you want, as long as it supports your personal agenda and ability to get reelected. Government should minimize interference with economy. On the other hand, government does have the right to legislate morals and values to encourage everyone to act as a Good Republican (Protestant White Businessman) should.

Republicans don't believe in Big Government (so they say) but they do believe in Big Brother. Given the choice, I'll take Big Government in a heartbeat.

Sidebar: I like the fact that the President on the West Wing is a Democrat that is also a strong Christian. The two are NOT incompatible, despite what the Republican spin doctors would like you to believe. As I've said before and I will say again - no true believer in God can be a Conservative Republican.


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