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Big Government

Big Government

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Published by Steven Woodruff
This was a response to the "letters" section
of a recent NY Times opinion piece. It grew
to include some observations on a recent
trip to Washington D.C. and especially The
Library of Congress. I would like to live there
some day... in the library.
This was a response to the "letters" section
of a recent NY Times opinion piece. It grew
to include some observations on a recent
trip to Washington D.C. and especially The
Library of Congress. I would like to live there
some day... in the library.

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Published by: Steven Woodruff on Oct 21, 2010
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Friedman’s article and letters to the NY Times October 3, 2010In reference to the Friedman article on 3rd parties: The problem is not with third partiesthemselves or whether we should or shouldn't have them. France, England and other countries have multi-party systems and end up fielding the same kind of howling caca- phony and stasis we have here when it comes to the hot button political issues. Weunfortunately have ever growing masses of hapless enablers who sanction candidates likeAngle, DeMint, O’Donnell, Paladino, Gingrich etc. to mount campaigns. That these people have constituencies is the problem not what party they may be representing or whether it’s a third or a fourth party.Here are some parties you might like to see so that we can have more than two. Howabout the NRA as a party or the Heritage Foundation. Like that? The Klan might stillhave a base somewhere, let’s have them. The Federalist Society, The American Legion,The Cato Institute. How about that fake religious group that provides a safe house in D.Cfor Republican members of Congress and the Senate so they can have affairs and a free place to say. It is an axiomatic falsehood to say that more of this is going to begin to fixour problems with political dialogue. Moronic would be a clearer assignation.Since so much of the divisive debate centers around the big government issue it seemsworth making one long point in that regard. The great advocates on the Right forget thatthe original big government crowd were the folks they hail as our saviors: the foundingfathers. They went from NO government to the world’s standing model for big inclusionand big civil society almost in an instant. They created three--not one--divisions of government, buildings and a place to house it all, taxation systems, a census, courts, banks, agencies, executors and eventually parks, a library, museums, a standing army--thelist goes on. This was all done
before
the twentieth century had even begun. They were aLIBERAL, philosophical, educated, religion-neutral fraternity willing to set their sightson creative "big" change. I guess that can only be allowed to happen once and then, for ever after, it’s up to the reflexive "thinkers" to carry out and protect the grand mission.Of course we will have a bigger government to govern 300 million than to govern a tenththat. Want a big war in Iraq to protect us from terrorism? Big government is your answer.Want another one in Afganistan just for good measure? Big government is here to serveyou. Air travel getting you nervous? Homeland Security, big government’s balm, is thereto calm your shattered nerves. That next hurricane? FEMA and my friend Alex are doingwhat they can in big government to ease your burden. Most people on the conservativeend of the stick want these things. They want big government when it fixes something for them. As a liberal (and more liberal than most) I should want these things too becausethey are big. But FEMA is about all I care to pull for in this particular laundry list and Ionly feel better about that because I have a great deal of faith in Alex.I was recently in Washington, D.C. I picked up good a very good vibe about big govern-ment and the very big buildings that go along with it. Big government can be good and itis our fortification against many of the ills that are likely to plague us. On that trip amongthe institutions I visited was the Library of Congress. It is a magnificent place. I got a

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