Last week in a post titled “Ron Paul is Pure American Conservatism,” I noted:
“The Los Angeles Times contrasts Ron Paul with the other presidential candidates:
The basic question posed by the likes of Republicans Herman Cain, Mitt Romney and Rick Perry is: ‘Would this person do a better job as president than Barack Obama has?’
The basic questions posed by Rep. Ron Pauls candidacy is: ‘Why do we have a federal government?’’Why is the federal government performing so many functions?’
Why does Paul ask this? Because Ron Pauls a conservative. This is what conservatives have to ask in order to even be considered a conservative in any traditional American sense. Barry Goldwater asked it. armbandjes kinderen . Ronald Reagan asked it. And most of their Republican successors have quit asking it, doing nothing more than tinkering around the edges of big government ever since.”
American conservatism is a critique of the modern state; a massive federal government too many Americans now accept as the norm. This includes many self-described conservative Republicans who do not really seek a substantivereturn to constitutional government, but simply believe the GOP can be better managers of the current broken system. This is especially true of most the Republicans running for president this year.
Here, Paul explains to Meet the Press David Gregory that most of what the federal government does, and does with our money, is ultimately destructive; that cutting government helps create jobs; that slashing spending doesn’t hurt the economy but helps it. Liberals have a hard time comprehending this fact. So do, unfortunately, too many Republican presidential contenders. Paul explains: