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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Net Neutrality is Bad

If you care about open internet and understand the basic principals of a free market you will understand Net Neutrality is bad.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Why Conservatives want Small Government and Liberals want Big Government

In the big government world, power is centralized in the federal government in a large bureaucracy where the power is held by a few people at the top of the government. A small government makes the power decentralized in the local communities that are affected by the decisions the power holders make. This provides accountability and oversight by the decision maker’s peers, a very secure form of government.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

People on the No-FLy Watchlist Should be able to Buy Guns

First, there is actually not one list, but several. The no-fly list is included here, but collectively they are known as the Terrorist Screening Database. Anyone put on these lists should not have any of their constitutional rights taken away.

Flying, that is not a constitutional right.

Buying a gun is, however.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Monday, June 13, 2016

The Left and Right on Islam

Both sides, left and right have their opinions on Islam. The  left generally will promote it and the right will generally either be neutral or discourage it. Each side has their own motives and reasons for their positions, but looking at the problem objectively, what is the truth?

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Radical Islamic Terrorism

The longer Obama and the progressive left refuses to say the words 'Radical Islamic Terrorism' the more people will die.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

The Left Requires BIG Government

If the Democrats want their large welfare state, then they must have big government. If Republicans want low taxation, they must have small government. This is another interesting iteration of the dichotomy between the liberal and conservative ideological standpoints. It is not for ideological reasons why they must have big or small government, it is for procedural reasons. Democrats cannot accomplish what they want if we have a 'small government' and Republicans cannot accomplish what we want is we have a 'big government'. 

Socially Liberal and Fiscally Conservative is a Myth

There is no such thing as socially liberal and fiscally conservative. That is a false notion pushed by the left so that when they inevitably lose the economic arguments, they can fall back and still have some control in politics through the 'social' side of things. 

This is just a means of controlling the language. If you read any older political book, you will never hear the term, socially liberal and fiscally conservative. The left has been trying to control the narrative through language for years, the right has not yet figured this out, although we have been doing better in the last couple of years as conservatives have gained a presence on social media.

The often percieved 'social' and 'fiscal' side of politics are actually different sides of the same coin. I'll bet you have never met anyone who said they were socially conservative yet fiscally liberal. That is because it is an oxymoron. A socially conservative view would naturally lead one to be fiscally conservative. In the same way, a socially liberal view naturally leads one to be fiscally liberal. The proof is clear. You have never heard someone say that they are socially conservative and fiscally liberal! This is because liberals are not pushing that narrative. Liberals do not want to push that narrative because that would lead people to be conservative, not liberal. 

The reason why socially liberal and fiscally conservative helps the liberals is because, if you are socially liberal, you must believe in the social programs that the left espouses, or, at the very least, calling yourself socially liberal lends itself to openness toward those types of things because the social wrongs that the liberals say are present in society can only be fixed, according to the liberal theory that socially liberal people are espousing, by government welfare. 

Also, socially liberal and fiscally conservative ensnares some conservatives by making them feel good because they say they believe in what is percieved to be good about the liberal agenda while also saying that they agree with what is perceived to be good about the conservative agenda all the while escaping the perceived bad stuff from each. But the bad stuff cannot be avoided. You are either a liberal or a conservative. Calling yourself both does not change the fact that the 'social' side of politics drives the 'fiscal' side of politics. 

Socially liberal and fiscally conservative is a wolf in sheep's clothing, claiming to be the best of both worlds while really leading one to advocate for liberal positions that ultimately drive fiscal issues to the liberal side.

What is Big Government? What is Small Government?

It is interesting that the term big government is thrown around so much but it is fairly difficult to define exactly what big government is. In fact it is equally difficult to define what small government is. It seems when either a liberal or conservative talks about what they want their government to look like, they will inevitably describe its size; big or small. The question of what exactly that would look like does not often come up. This is because most people have this vision in their mind of what they want the government to do. So this term or big or small government manifests itself in the vision of what exactly the government should look like. 

To define what either of these sizes of government would look like is impossible. A big government could look like one thing or it could look like a completely different thing. While the various possible small government will look more similar to each other, there will still be plenty of variation because even a small government is still big. That brings up the point of is the big vs small government actually talking about the physical size of the government? No. What this is not talking about is how many employees the government has or how many representatives or administrative agencies there are or even how many government buildings there are. Certainly those things do have an effect and will certainly play into the analysis, but what people are really talking about when they discuss big vs small government is how much they think government should effect their lives. When you put it in those terms, it becomes clear why conservative like small government and liberals like big government. 

When a person mentions small government, they are talking about how they do not want the government to change the way they live. Of course these people want the government where it is needed, but they really want to be able to make decision for themselves without government intrusion. The big government people are talking about a different level of reliance on the government. These people want the government to be noticeable on a daily basis. They want government services that they can utilize and rely upon in their daily lives. While the small government people will look at government services as a necessary evil that they have to participate in, the big government people will look at participation in these services as participation in the larger network of their government. It gives the big government people, a means of participating in the national self-determination process. The small government people do not want national self-determination, they want to be able to set their own path without reliance on government so view participation in the government national self-determination to be a distasteful thing. On the flip side, the big government people view the individual self-determination and self-reliance of the small government people as a scary thing. And none of this is to say that small government people do not participate in government, they do, they would just prefer government to be small and this does not go to say that the big government are incapable of doing things on their own, they are, but they would rather have more government telling people what to do.