The Republican Party is always preaching about the evils of big government and its intrusion upon the American way of life. Ronald Reagan once noted “government cannot solve our problems…government IS the problem". More recently, powerful Conservative lobbyist Grover Norquist said that he wanted a government that was just big enough “to drown in a bathtub.”
While Republicans have been big on small government rhetoric their governing style has been anything but. Republican led state houses across the country have enacted legislation that reeks of “Big Brother” gone wild. They have eliminated the collective bargaining rights of public employees. They have passed restrictive voter registration laws that impede dissenting voter turnout. They have re-written the education curriculum to more accurately reflect their conservative views of history. They have restricted women’s rights to legal abortion services by closing down clinics that fail to meet arbitrary architectural requirements. And they have sent their “Emergency Risk Managers” into struggling towns and townships, fired the local elected officials and annexed property for political and economic gain.
The controlling management style extends to their politicians as well.
The aforementioned Grover Norquist has brow beaten every Republican member of the House to sign a pledge saying that they will not vote for tax increases…ever.
An ultra conservative group called “Family Leader”, fearful of the disintegration of the sanctity of marriage has pressed conservative candidates to sign their “Marriage Pledge”. In the pledge candidates vow to practice sexual exclusivity to their spouse and to speak against same sex marriage, abortion, quickie divorces, women in combat and Sharia law.
So much for freedom of speech and expression.
The Republican Party of Ronald Reagan would be a bunch of liberal wackos compared to this group.
So if you are looking for small, limited unobtrusive government…vote Republican??