In 1776, the leaders of our forming country signed the Declaration of Independence, freeing themselves from a strong government and a controlling parliament. After long battles and incredible sacrifices, this territory became the land of the free and the home of the brave. Years later, our children are still being taught of the importance that lies in those historic events. Our forefathers worked incredibly to establish the freedoms that we enjoy today. As the government grows, we give up some of those freedoms, little by little. It’s essential that we remember why small government was created and the benefits that come along with it.
1) Smaller government equals more individual freedom. It allows each citizen to make decisions about their health care and other things rather than being subject to government mandates.
2) Small government promotes the American Dream. It moves legislators out of the way and enables capitalism and small businesses to grow.
3) Small government is in favor of incentives to work for those who are unemployed and struggling. It instills a hope it citizens and encourages everyone that if they work hard, they can be successful.
4) Small government does not advocate for dependency. It doesn’t favor programs that reward people for intentionally using the government rather than working hard. The “hand out” system is not acceptable.
5) The essence of small government can be found in a quote by Ronald Reagan. “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” Small government does NOT advocate for the elimination of necessary positions such as officers and firefighters – despite what many people may believe.
6) A large government would advocate for redistribution of wealth based on the belief that those who make less should be compensated because that is fair. Small government however doesn’t advocate for social programs.