The GOP must reject Big Government

Richard A. Viguerie, conservative figure and political writer, begins his latest op-ed piece with a question: “Is it time for conservatives to give up our fight against Big Government?” He mentions that for many prominent republicans, the answer is “yes”:

Mike Huckabee, the Baptist preacher and former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate, complained in May to the Huffington Post that the greatest threat to the GOP is “this new brand of libertarianism” that says “look, we want to cut taxes and eliminate government.” That, Huckabee said, is “not an American message. It doesn’t fly. People aren’t going to buy that, because that’s not the way we are as a people.”

And former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, in a May column in the Washington Post, attacked small-government conservatives for believing that “no social priority is … more urgent than balancing the budget” or that “the state’s only valid purpose is to uphold markets and protect individual liberty.” He argued that small-government conservatism in that form cannot succeed politically or as policy; that it would be relegated to “the realm of rejected ideologies: untainted, uncomplicated and ignored.”

William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard — one of the nation’s top [neo]conservative publications — called on conservatives to come to grips with the reality of Big Government. Big Government is inevitable, Kristol suggested; we should accept it and move on. After all, he wrote, “talk of small government may be music to conservative ears, but it’s not to the public as a whole.”

However, like true conservatives, Viguerie rejects the notion that big government is unavoidable. He notes that the Republican party’s recent electoral losses resulted from its failure to live up the principles of individual liberty, personal responsibility, and limited government. Read the entire article here.

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