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If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times.
Conservative opponents of President Obama tell us that what America needs is "smaller government." Smaller government is one of the primary concerns of the often-incoherent group known as the Tea Parties. Tea Partiers are mad as hell and they simply ain't gonna' take anymore of what Father Ronald called "big gub'mint."
Let me say right up front.....this cry for smaller government is a crock.
Let's take a look at South Carolina's Republican Senator, Jim DeMint......who, because of perhaps 4-5 Tea Party senatorial candidates advancing to the Senate next year, has already become the new father figure for the Bagger Brigade.
From DeMint's website...."He has been a tireless advocate for smaller government..."
The National Journal, not to be confused with a bunch of liberal commies, rated DeMint the most conservative member of of the Senate. DeMint is FOR smaller government and is considered the most conservative senator in the joint.
What does Big Jim DeMint mean when he says he's for smaller government?
Well, this is what he says..... DeMint said, (he) will demand a stop to “reckless government spending” and fight to repeal “Obama-care.”
But then Demint also says stuff like this...."politics only works when we're realigned with our Savior.” Guess Big Jim won't be working to dismantle Bush's old Department of Faith Based Initiatives any time soon, huh? In other words, smaller government must be at least big enough to contain an agency which openly violates the 1st amendment by establishing "religion."
I guess small government Jim thinks slowly turning our country into a theocracy which "realigns" the country with "our Savior".....which would require a whole new regiment of....dare I say it?....big government agencies to keep us, you know, "aligned", simply won't increase the size and scope of the federal government's reach.
Now, THAT, takes some extra-hearty faith to believe.
However, Big Jim is not shy......so he has bravely, or brazenly, come forward to spell out what his new realignment of the country with the 1st century Jesus will look like.
"If someone is openly homosexual, they shouldn't be teaching in the classroom and he holds the same position on an unmarried woman who's sleeping with her boyfriend-she shouldn't be in the classroom."
DeMint's small government would include an entirely new federal government agency to protect public school children from being taught by homosexual teachers. A new morality police would have to be established, funded, and dispersed throughout the land to protect little Johnny from being taught by a gay teacher. Apparently, that is making the government's reach, smaller.
Furthermore, Big "small government" Jim DeMint wants to shrink the size of the federal government, limit it's reach, through Unmarried-Teacher Virginity Checkpoints. Your guess is as good as mine on how many tax dollars and how many new federal agencies would be necessary to man those Checkpoints.....to protect the children from those unworthy, whore-teachers.....but Jim DeMint is, by god, all in favor of smaller government.
When it comes to the right of women to choose their own reproductive path, Jim DeMint is for microscoptically-small government. No, not less government interference in the personal lives of it's citizens.....but instead, a government which obsesses itself with the microscopic.
From "On the Issues".....DeMint wants to..
Apply 14th amendment protections to pre-born fetuses. (Jun 2008)
Declare preborn as persons under 14th amendment. (Feb 2009)
Can you even imagine how small our government could be with an entirely new set of government agencies policing for zygotes and week old fetuses? Just think of the endless opportunities DeMint's abortion-free society wll present to get government out of our daily lives. Why, the Department of Forced Pregnancies and Pre-born Fetus Identification, alone, would make our government so small that other industrialized nations would no longer be able to recognize us. And who could ever doubt the conservative cause of making our government's reach smaller with prospects like the Department of Impregnated Rape and Incest Partners?
Conservatives who are constantly screeching about smaller government, government which doesn't spend as much and has a more limited reach over America's citizens.......don't really mean it.
Republicans, Tea Partiers, conservatives.....all one and the same group of folks.....don't want smaller government. What they want is their own version of big government.
The most recent poll taken by the Public Religion Research Institute on the Tea Party found that....
..... activists were mostly social conservatives, rather than the general belief that they are libertarians. Almost two-thirds said that abortion should be illegal in all or most cases, while only 18 per cent said they supported gay marriage.
It also showed the movement was overwhelmingly aligned with the Republican party, contrary to assertions from organisers that it is not partisan. Eighty-three per cent of Tea Party members who are registered voters next month are aligned with the Republican party.
"Smaller government" is simply another conservative code phrase for "we want the big government that WE want."
Like I said.....a crock.